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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!
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.
had a horrible taste at 1st but then the real taste kicked in and wow how powerful strong, knock your socks off
A lot more Jamaican than Trinidadian... Opening the bottle you get a bit a cheap funky aroma , then caramel , vanilla etc. Tastes like it smells , average.. Makes a good mixer and I will use the bottle for cocktails , it should be perfect for that.
Decent for a sip. No surprises here.
Good for mix.
Aká cena, taký rum. Lacná umelina, ktorá nechutí, ale do koláča by som ho dal.
god rum til cocktails. kan dog sagtens drikke straight
A strong 6 from me. Does okay for sipping, but is probably best suited as a mixer.
I love rum and dollar for dollar at $12 this is the best rum for your money. I like it in just about any fashion. Great rum and coke, excellent above any gold rum plus you can taste the wood and it is a rather complex rum for the price point. Good Stuff and i will always have some of this in my cabinet as long as it is available for purchase. Excellent Product Plantation.
Not the best one plantation has in their selection but a pretty decent rum!
Bon rhum, belle couleur, bonne arôme, très bon pour le prix.
This taste at this price, everyone will be smiling.
It is good for mixer than sipper.
Un rhum simple mais pas inintéressant. Finition en 2 fûts différents bourbon puis cognac.
This rum is distinct yet unassuming. It has a dark rum taste that is all its own and it simply bumps just about any cocktail in the right direction. A bit boozy to sip but throw in a couple of cubes and it is surprisingly crispy and satisfying. Maybe better in this role than most Anejos. If you mix rum drinks few take care of business this well for the money.
This is what I recommend to people to break away from spiced rum and cokes.
Assemblage de rhums de mélasse de la Barbade (léger) et de Jamaïque (aromatique), ce rhum titre 40°.
Design : Jolie bouteille avec une étiquette qui évoque les vieilles cartes marines. Le rhum a une couleur ambre foncé.
Nez : parfumé, caramel, épices
Dégustation : arômes et lourdeur du rhum jamaïcain suivis par des nuances plus légères des rhums de la Barbade, avec une bonne dose de caramel et de fumé, le résultat est surprenant mais agréable.
Finale : longue, arrière goût de réglisse qui colle au palais.
Ce 1er essai avec un rhum 'plantation' est très agréable, si c'était une bière, ce serait une stout ou une guiness.
Z rodiny Plantation mám vyzkoušený XO 20th Anniversary a to je samozřejmě jiná, ale nutno dodat že taky i jiná cenová kategorie. Original Dark na mě nezapůsobil a hodnotil bych velmi podobně jako viz mé hodnocení na rum Austrian Empire Reserva 1863 ...tedy bohužel ne, tento rum už si nepořídim. Ještě pro přesnost, rum Plantation Original Dark pořídíte za cca poloviční cenu rumu Austrian Empire....a nejen pro to bude mít i své fanoušky. Lahev má špunta:)