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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.
A very good rum for the price. As a sipper it's a bit hot for my palate. Sweet upfront with vanilla and sugar but it dries out in the finish and is not too sweet by any means. Not as complex as I'd have imagined. I think this would be fine as a mixer. At less then a $20 bill it's a good rum and could be served over ice with a twist of lime as well. A really good all purpose rum!
Revised May 2019 - I've been using this a lot lately as one of my rums to blend in tiki cocktails and other mixed drinks. I'm raising my rating on this to a 7 from my initial 6 as this rum is excellent when blending with other rums and for use in a wide variety of cocktails. Solid product with not too much dosage added. A fine mixing rum that has many uses!
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.