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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.
Has a very "confectionery" nose to it. Like walking into a candy store. Flavor has some sweetness to it but it's not syrupy. Very "bourbonish" which makes sense if it's aged in bourbon barrels. Vanilla, caramel, short finish. Overall very pleasant when drank neat. Made some air mails with it that were good too. I think this over ice would be amazing. Really enjoying it. For $24 I'd buy this all day everyday!
I bought the big bottle to use this as my (home) well gold rum. Lovely in cocktails, and respectable enough neat. A good value.
Paid $18.99 in NYC. XO for me is the benchmark for a really good aged rum. To me this 5 year came very close, and for less than 1/2 the price of XO. Very smooth and nice flavor. I think when I find XO and 5YO on the liquor store shelf side by side, I'll pick the 5YO and save the XO for special occasions. It's that good.
This one's an instant favorite! Nose has slight notes caramel, along with spices and skins of tropical fruit (pineapple and papaya come to mind.) Much of the same comes through in the mouth, with the caramel and fruit becoming more pronounced. Overall, not too sweet and taste is rather light. Is this rum anything mind-blowingly special? Nope. But it serves as an easy sipper, a great mixer, and is light on the wallet, which is really all you need sometimes!
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.
Like most of the other Plantation rums I have tried this is really quite good, especially for the price. Yet another rum from Barbados that I like, makes me think a trip there soon might be a good idea.
A very sweet and easy rum. No pronounced taste, but some banana, oak, smoke.
If you seek aromatic complexity , go away . Don't try to find aftertaste. It is not the purpose of this 5 years blend. But you can glimpse the assembly work from Plantation which has very good rum in its range. Good for beginners.
Vanilla and toffee = sugar added to enhance the flavor. Hard to take this rum too seriously.
I bought this room once on vacation out of desperation. However I was not terribly disappointed. Not a bad rum for the price.
Nice flavours of nuts, caramel and milk chocolate. The cognac finishing definitely gives it something different, perfect rum for mixing.
I think this was the second bottle of rum I ever purchased and it was a little underwhelming. Alright if you're on a budget. A 7 year of this would be much better.
This is what I would call an average rum. There is nothing wrong with it, its much better than your run of the mill cheap rums but it won’t knock your socks off. Great for mixing
For me, it's very similar to Havana Club 7.
Not a sweet rum. Good flavor, but simple.
I prefer Diplomatico Mantuano.
It's a long way from Plantation XO 20th.
Seriously! I added this to my wishlist because of all the reviews and WOW you guys did not disappoint. This is the first rum that I can say I can drink neat or on the rocks. Let it sit for a few minutes and once the vapors disperse, MY GOD, it is absolutely delicious! I can taste the caramel and Vanilla and all the deliciousness! I added a splash of coke (Literally less than .5 oz) and HOLY MAMA it took it to a ridiculous new level. Hands down my FAVORITE rum. I can not wait to try their XO. Thanks everyone for the suggestion, I love you guys!
Beautiful and will buy again plus i will sample many others from this company, buy it n enjoy say no more
This rum has some good flavor. It is light with tastes of oak, dried fruits, butter. A solid mixer for sure. I have drank it neat and its a bit harsh. Especially after doing a side by side with kirk and sweeny 12y. Good stuff.
Hladší a chutnejší brat GR, ale len o trošku. Ale predsa.
When I got this bottle I expected it to be barely drinkable on it's own, but it is surpricingly good! It's not a very complex rum, but it still deliver some nice flavours. This is the rum where my rum-adventure started, and I recomend this as a possible beginner rum. For me it's not to sweet or to dry, it hits perfectly in between.
Tasted a few rums between 20-40 euro and ended up buying this one. It was the best one IMO and eventually was the cheapest one too. WIN WIN! (the other rums I tasted were Plantation Guatemala Belize and Mount Gay Black Barrel)
Lots of vanilla, oak, bit of spices. There's a nice, not too overwhelming sweetness. It triggered an instant summer-feeling when I took my first sip.
I love the smoothness of this rum. I drink it with club soda so the taste really comes thru each sip! I do add a lime too just so I ward off scurvy! The molasses comes thru as a vanilla finish. I’ve been to Barbados and gone thru the tour. Another great Barbados rum is Mount Gay! I prefer the Black Label version which is stored in Jack Daniels used blackened barrels. I think that name is awkward. Especially when I wear my shirt from there - people stare at me. I’m straight and I have many gay friends - that’s not the point. Both rums are hidden treasures!
Sweet body with a sharp ending. Hints of vanilla. Great value for money! And a bottle with a cool esthetic to place in your bar!
Not an authentic Barbadian rum due to some heavy dosage post distillation. However, pop this for the non rum snob and they’ll beg for more
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!