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Mixer rum or a great sipper, use a bit of water though when you sip it neat due to it's alcohol level. Nose: raisins, pineapple vanilla. Palate: Arrak, lemon, coconutmilk, figs and dark chocolate.
- taste: 69/100
- value for money: 67/100
- score: 68/100
- price: arround 30 eur
Initially not impressed with this rum's burnt flavors. The more I sampled, the more the molasses flavoring came out. Over timeI will see if it merits a higher rating than the 4.5 that I gave it on my scale.
Since Lemon Hart Demerara 151 is so hard to find these days, the goal of this panel who created this great overproof rum had to be to come up with a replacement. I have not had Lemon Hart in more than a quarter of a century and am so glad that this group of old salts succeeded on this one. They have every right to be mighty proud of this, and their pictures and the story are on the back of this bottle.
As usual, I take the first sip of any new rum neat. Wooah!!! Talk about an alcohol kick! Then I added ice cubes and let it sit for a while. That is when it really shines and shows itself to be a truly great mixer. If a rum is good enough on the rocks or neat, then it is good enough for mixing (unless it is too expensive). This one is very reasonably priced. No point in me reiterating the flavor profile and tasting notes, but if you like rich dark rums on the rocks with hints of West Indies spices, then this one needs to be in your collection.
Because it is of such high proof, it stayed in my liquor cabinet for quite some time, as to be feared. Well the day came when it was time to kill some kind of internal illness, so I started out with 3 parts OFTD and 1 part spring water. Goodness gracious! I could sip on this combination all day with no need to add anything else. Similar to barrel proof bourbons, one buys them with full intentions of adding minimal amounts of water to what they can handle. I would say that this tastes so good that one should never use it as a mixer, but hell, it is cheap enough to use as a mixer or as a floater in tiki drinks that it was intended for. It is quite versatile and affordable! So why does it not get a rating of 9 or 10 from me? It is still no match for their Plantation XO 20th Anniversary or the El Dorado 12, which I have rated both at a 9. This is also one of the VERY FEW overproof rums that can be sipped neat, but SLOWLY! Also, adding some chilled coconut water to the snifter is also another great way to enjoy this rum. And OFTD really stands for Oh F..k That's Delicious, which is what this panel first used to describe it. They later changed it to more PC term.
Plantation O.F.T.D. (which stands for 'Old Fashioned Traditional Dark') is comprised of blend of rums distilled in Barbados, Jamaica and Guyana, which has been bottled at a hefty 69% so get plenty of flavors and then some! Intensily dark color, mediocre bottle design, very strong alcohol smell and taste and what else to expect from a Plantation Overproof.
Nice flavor up front followed by the alcohol ovenproof.
Thicker than most rums, stays with you for awhile. Dark, almost chocolately flavor. Medium smooth, full mouth feel.
I don't normally drink my rum on the rocks but this over proof was an easy sipper. Caramel, vanilla, nutmeg and new oak were some of the flavors to come through.
Without question this is aimed at the tiki resurgence that has steadily been picking up steam. Really whats not to like about tiki as long as it's not exclusive. Yeah,,,,, well as with anything retro especially those things dealing in specific styles, some folks dive in head first and others see ways to turn a profit. There's no telling to what ends an obsessed time traveler will spend in order to out do their fellow club members. Fortunately everyone benefits from such escapism, at least in this case we all do.
If you love funky estery dunder rum such as Smith and Cross to the point that you consider it a fine sipper, as I, but sometimes wish it had a bit more smoke and more molasses.... this may just get you there. By every account of the marketing jargon it's primary target will have you floating it in a delicious concoction. BUT WAIT! it ain't a bad sipper, though I do get a nagging bit of sacrine in the finish. Not so mach as to be a deal breaker by any means. Really what can you ask for in a 69% abv dark full liter bottle of rum priced at $30? I didn't expect this much so I'm happy.
BTW on the label they have lovingly supplied us with a nose and flavor profile just to the right of the R. Crumb like profile illustrations depicting those involved in this achievement. I'd say they left out a huge dose of black licorice. But hey that just my palate.
What happens when you take seven rum experts (Jeff "Beachbum" Berry, Martin Cate, Alexandre Gabriel, Paul McFadyen, Paul McGee, Scotty Schuder, and David Wondrich), put them in the same room, grant them access to everything Plantation has available, and ask them to re-invent their Original Dark Overproof? As the legend goes, upon tasting a near-final blend, Wondrich exclaimed, "Oh f***, that's delicious!"—to which the others readily assented. Wanting that to be the name (remember, it had been a long day of rum tasting) but realizing it probably wouldn't fly, they borrowed the acronym and re-applied it to the somewhat redundant "Old Fashioned Traditional Dark".
Fortunately, it's all of those things—old-fashioned, dark, delicious... The nose bursts forth with strong, sweet, creamy butterscotch and brown sugar. (I usually dislike butterscotch, but it's just perfect here.) There's also a hint of baking spices. It hits your tongue at full force, with a pleasant burn.
Most of the rum in this blend hails from Guyana, but is expertly complemented by funky Jamaican and rich pot-still Bajan rums (unlike the Original Dark Overproof, which was Trinidadian). With its great complexity, sweetness, and high-octane kick, OFTD is just begging to be shaken or blended into something tasty. Try subbing it in for recipes that call for overproof, navy-style, or Jamaican rums; you may encounter—as the creators of this masterful blend did—something unexpected and wonderful.
True to Plantation form, the bottle is elegantly presented, with heaps of enjoyable literature adorning the label. (Kudos to Plantation's marketing and design team!)
What amazes me is the value at which Plantation has brought this to market—~$30 for a liter of high-quality, 138-proof booze? What are they drinking?! (Oh, yeah...) Here's to hoping they keep this accessible as a bar mixer for the masses. Like Stiggin's Fancy, I do see this as becoming a mainstay of the Plantation lineup for years to come.