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Plantation Barbados 5-Year rum is distilled from molasses and aged 5 years in bourbon casks before being transported to France for further 'finishing' in Cognac casks.
Plantation rum is owned by the French company Cognac Ferrand, which was founded in 1989 and produces wine, gin, and other spirits to sell in over 40 countries. The Plantation range includes 7 vintages from different Caribbean countries and 3 blends of multiple regions.
This rum is darn good. For price you can't beat it. I prefer to sip Zacapa Solera, Diplomatico Reserva Exclusive and Rumson's Grand Reserve, but anytime I am looking for something good and at a value this is it. I recommend this and Rumson's Grand Reserve rum more than any other rum's out there. Plantation for great taste and value and Rumson's Grand Reserve as just the best sipper I have had.
Good rum for mixing, a bit harsh straight.
Don't drink this straight - there's much better for that. This is an ideal choice for simple cocktails that let the rum flavor stand out. I suggest cuban daiquiris (aka, the original daiquiri) - one lime, cane syrup, a shot of this. Shake with crushed ice and strain (rather than blend). Crowd favorite every summer night. Thanks Plantation.
Sorry, I wasn't that impressed with this one. While it was only $15, I've had other rums for the same price, that I thought were better. Had a little too much burn for me, not smooth enough.
I enjoy sipping it. It has nice dark colour which makes it beautiful just look at it before drinking. The aroma is little bit aggressive but my opinion may be influenced by the fact I know the Plantation XO 20th Anniversary. However, I like its aroma of vanilla and coconut and some fruit. The taste is little bit sweet but not too much. The sweetness fades away just in the moment the alchohol kicks in but it is balanced so sipping is very pleasant.
Summary: Very nice drink and for the price it is definitely a buy.
I'm a huge fan of the Plantation XO 20th Anniversary but, at $45 (NYC price), I can't afford to drink it every day. It turns out Plantation's own Barbados Grande Reserve is a fine stand-in. Not as awesome in the nose, but wonderful on the palette with a smooth, soft finish. In my view, incredible value for money ($18 in NYC)
Plantation is one of my favorites on the rocks. Great aroma of vanilla and not overly sweet. I like to let the ice melt and blend in for a few minutes and it's oh so smooth. Even straight up it's very good without any burn. For the price I don't think it can be beat.
Can have this anytime day or night. Beautiful mix. Great all alone with ice or a splash of dark cola. Real treat to drink.
Nice golden-amber aged rum from barbados. Tastes similar like the 20th Anniversary but is less heavier and has a lighter profile. However it is neat in sipping glass as well as in cocktails.
This is good stuff, a bargain that can be enjoyed straight, however I've seen the price go up by at least $3 a bottle over the past couple of years.
A standard aged, great rum for the price. Use for mixing, or sipping.
Great looking bottle, and a unique twist besides the standard Mount Gay Eclipse.
A must have for any collection. Full bodied and rich flavoured, surprisingly smooth for a 5 yr. Eye-catching bottle, etc. Good enough to sip, cheap enough to mix. After ED 5, the best 5 out there.
A good sipper so you can drink the XO a special ocassions.
Plantation Barbados 5 is a nice aged rum, good to use for mixers or to drink neat.