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The extensive information on the back of the label states that it is mostly thin aged Trinidad rum mixed with some aged Jamaican pot still rum rich in HOGO funk. In the 1800's, this combined effect was quite desirable and still is, but mostly in Jamaican circles. As for me, I was glad to finally bid farewell to my funky Jamaican Appleton 12 Year Reserve Blend some time ago. The HOGO funk in this Plantation rum is a lot more subdued and you get it on the aroma and going down the pipe. On the tongue, the funky taste is strangely absent and replaced by fruity caramel. At 80 proof, I am sipping it neat and have no need to add ice or water. It would work really well in Tiki drinks that require two different rums and at a much cheaper cost of only $17 per liter. I would definitely buy this versatile rum again.
As for referring to this Plantation Original Dark Rum as the little brother to their OFTD Overproof, that is not even close. Yes, both have a Jamaican component, but the Trinidad part in this one is replaced in the OFTD by aged rums from Guyana and Barbados. That two-for-one switch is what makes their OFTD better than this one.
Update July 12, 2019: In my overall rankings, I had this one ranked higher than El Dorado 21, so I had to do a side by side taste test to make sure. Sure enough, I got it right the first time! Save your money and get this one instead!
This is my absolute favorit rum for a Dark'n'Stormy.
This! Is! Awesome!! This is standard procedure done really really well! Strong aroma loaded with tropical fruits and brown-sweetness (toffee, caramel, you know.) Brown-sweet takes over in the mouth with molasses coming out, but still rounded out by those fruits and a little spice joining in the fun. Finish is just a nice warm tickle as the goodness fades. And to top it off, its $25 a liter. Best value there is. Period!
Overall good, classical rich and smooth taste. Nothing surprising though.
Beautiful aromas of prunes and nuts. On the sweeter side, gorgeous colour. $30CAD at SAQ. Decent legs, could be better. Better than Plantation Grande Reserve for $28 at LCBO due to its complexity.
A better mixer rather than a sipper. But you already knew that, didn't you?
Rich caramel and baking spice... is it sweetened with added sugar??? Regardless, it stands out in most any mix calling for a dark. Recommended.
Schönes sattes dunkles Bernstein im Glas.
In der Nase breitet sich zuerst eine schwere Süsse aus, gefolgt von Karamell-, Bananen- und Holzdüften.
Im Gaumen, süsses Karamell mit kandierten tropischen Früchten und getoastetem Holz. Auch Aromen der dunklen Macht sind zu entdecken.
Im Abgang fast etwas klebrig, Karamell und Früchte.
Ein Rum für jede Bar, zum mixen super, zum pur trinken ok.
Beautiful rich dark amber in the glass.
First a heavy sweetness spreads in the nose, followed by caramel, banana and wood fragrances.
On the palate, sweet caramel with candied tropical fruits and toasted wood. There are also flavors of the dark force to discover.
In the finish almost a bit sticky, caramel and fruits.
A rum for every bar, to mix super, to sip ok.
cant beat the price. on the rocks or mixed good either way
I like this rum for only $18.99 (Total Wines & More, 2017 price).
Smells and tastes of charred oak, spice, caramel, and maybe a hint of cognac. Not sweet.
Decent, though I prefer slightly sweeter rums.
Nice bronze color. On the nose are notes of exotic fruits with banana and spices with a light smoky side. In the mouth, it is very sweet, not very long. An excellent rum for cocktails.
nice fruity taste, finished with warm vanilla, smell is so good, melasa with banana, a little bit milky, thats good dark rum, could be sipper but much better for mixed, it is worth for buy, also good for beginners.
Аромат коньячный (чувствуется довыдержка в коньячных бочках, видимо): фрукты, чернослив, немного шоколада - очень приятный и практически без спиртяги.
Послевкусие - такое же фруктово-виноградное, недолгое, но приятное. Вкус не яркий -
скорее терпкий, чем сладкий, доминирует коньяк и ощущается спиртяга.
А вообще в чистом виде пьётся тяжеловато, как будто он чрезмерно густой (хотя по консистенции он вполне нормальный).
Aroma is cognac-like (probably because of cognac cask): fruits, dried prunes and some chocolate - pleasant and soft, spirit harshness is low.
Aftertaste is the same - fruits and grape, short and pleasant. Taste is not strong - more harsh than sweet, again very cognac-like and with spirit roughness. As a second thought, it's not a mild sipper and it feels like it's too stiff (but strangely its body seems normal).
Intense aromas of raisins, vanilla and spices, complemented by exotic hues of dry pineapple and bananas
Original Dark creates an excellent base for cocktails.
This is a rum that has no signature nose and taste of rum.
A lot from cognac, probably because of second ageing in cognac barrels in France.
There are a little of Jamaica 10-15 year old spirits (Pot Still) and that's why it hits you strongly after first 40ml.
Nose - a very nice pineapple, cognac, dryness and freshness, no spirit.
Palate: cognac notes, pineapple, prunes, oak and funny dryness and freshness. Own character, without analogues.
I found that empty glass smells with pinapple.
The more you drink, the more you like it.
Unfortunately there are no signature nose and taste of melassa/sugar cane/vanilla, so it might seem like it's not rum.
Very easy to drink and the morning is very clear.
Easy to drink, but lacks flavor for sipping rum....
The benchmark under 20€ nothing to say more👊 buy it, taste it, think about the price and be amazed!
Rhum simple mais sympa avec un fort arome de vanille
not sure there is much wrong with this, dark n stormy loves it
Not a bad rum but have had better. Not the traditional smooth easy drinking rum.
Almost 7 :) A little bit too harsh but quite sippable. Great for cocktails.
Kind of interesting thing - fine aroma, rich taste and so on. It even could be drinked neat but it is not "original dark". It have quite light body and taste so it cant be used in cocktails... Alas!
Nuz, az som Bozkovu dal 2 z toho nieco naviac, ze je zo susednych luhov a hajov, v hodnoteni tohoto rumu, ktory mi Bozkov pripomína, iba nie je az tak desivo sladky nemam co navyse pridat. Trocha vanilky, perníkove korenie a kopec cukru. Nechuti mi ani v daiquiri, kde sa uplne straca.
Zo základných Plantation najlepší. Aj čo sa tela týka a aj dochute. Aj keď komerčne postavené mixy.
Mid gold colour, lightly burnt, caramel, buttery, sweet winey finish
Very nice colour and bottle, ridiculously affordable.
First impression might be a little overwhelming. Let it breathe a little after pouring into a glass. The aroma and taste will bloom into a pleasant and balanced experience. (OR, if you like to suffer and burn drink it right away - the esthers in the pot-still part of this rum will see to a nice spicy burn.)
Personally I'd rate it 6-7/10.
Cannot go wrong with this one, especially due to a low price. Worth a try.