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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.
It is really good fruity rum that is a good subtitute for Plantation XO when miss those vibes of XO do not want to spend so much money for it, I prefer rums with more wodden flavours but this is one to go on the fruit direction and lower budget
Final verdict: Maybe some day I will giv it another shot
While not overly complex, Plantation Barbados-5 has a subdued sweetness and alcohol punch that won't set you on fire. You can tell it means business, though. If you don't know whether or not you would enjoy neat rum, I would suggest picking up a bottle of this for around $25 to give it a chance. At worst, it would make a good choice as a mixer for drinks calling for a golden rum, though I would consider it to be a little on the light side of bold enough to serve as a dark rum base.
Way to harsh to drink on it's own on rocks, but mix a bit of cola, or use your imagination and you won't be disappointed. It's simple and adaptable while still maintaining that essence that distinguishes it from mass market drivel. The bottle presentation gives it a "island cargo" look to compliment a beach-bar-style cocktail being mixed with it as a main ingredient
Love this Rum. Very smooth, smoky and almost has a hint of scotch taste to it.
Much like the Grande Reserve but two years older i believe. Pefect everyday rum, cheap and tasty.
It’s a little burny neat but when you add some ice the tropical flavors really shine.
You can not go wrong with Plantation rums.
A decent rum for the price! I tend to prefer spiced rum and have not yet tried many standard ‘aged’ rums, so that may have some bearing on my review. Although this rum is very smooth and does have a nice taste, I found it a little heavy on the whiskey/bourbon flavor for my rum preference. Granted, like many rums, it is aged in bourbon casks so it should be expected that the flavor would come through. It could also just be the Cognac notes that threw me slightly off, or just my inexperienced palate, but I would take almost any spiced rum over this any day. Still not a bad choice for the price, though!
My enjoyment score would be 7.5. And the fact it's available at 1/2 the price of it's big brother, the XO makes it a solid 8 for me!
If I should characterize this rum with one word, I would say: Coconut! But a LOT of coconut. This rum has a very sweet smell of coconut and other tropical fruits, which gives this rum a special character from the first sniff. The taste of it is similarly fruity with some hazelnut flavor in addition. Luckily, even though this rum contains a bit of added sugar, it does not taste sweet at all - I guess the sugar added is used for the smoothness of the rum, which is quite nice for a 5 year old. Very exotic bottle with a sugarcane net, and a real shredded cork closing.
Bon Plantation, sucré mais bien balancé. Goût de chêne et facile à boire sans glace.
Without question, in terms of value, this ranks near the top. I found this for $20 / 750 online, but it can be found at WalMart of all places for around $22.50 / 750. The packaging is pure overdone bearded pirate, and I could do without the gimicks because the juice in the bottle is excellent.
The flavor flirts with the bourbony notes, but still retains a clear rummy presence. It is a incredible versatile spirit for all manner of mixing when you want a rum that adds character without going full rage power on your drink.
There's a heavy hand of dosage here, to the point where the sugar borders on cloying. It's manageable and as a mixer you'll appreciate the added flair, but as a sipper the sugar hides the finish. The oak is medium, and body medium, and the aroma clean and inviting.
Have nothing to say at the moment.
It’s simple, little bit sweet, and little bit alcohol burn. Do not get some special enjoy from this one.
As a tiki fanatic, I often find myself in a bind when choosing rums for my mixed drinks. Garbage rums will produce garbage mixed drinks (Ray's Mistakes notwithstanding), but the subtleties of truly high-end rums get lost in them as well. There's a fine line when choosing rums that have enough character to stand out in tiki drinks but don't end up being a waste of money (and good rum!).
Barbados is a rum that shines in this category. I once tried putting the 20-year in a Mai Tai, and it was a sad experience. Not only did the outstanding rum get lost among the other flavors, but actually muddied the clarity of the orange and orgeat flavors. On the recommendations of this site, I tried the Barbados 5-year instead. The results were outstanding. While as a sipper you can tell it is missing some of the harmonics that make the 20-year so appealing, as a mixer it's perfect. It has fewer notes than the 20-year, but that's a plus in a mixed drink.
This is an amazing rum at the price. It's not terrible as a sipper, but there are better options out there. As a mixer, though, it's a worthy addition to your cabinet anywhere you need a blended aged rum.
(I have had 11 rums, about a 1/2 oz of each before this review. Without any palette cleansers for those that makes a difference too):
My first reaction was carmel into vanilla and then a smooth burn. Upon the rest of the glass i get more barell before the burn. The barell does not overpower like other rums i have had but adds a little "spice" or flavour to the finish. A good baseline for barbados in my opinion.
Decent bottle, boring colour. A little too much alcohol in nose and mouth. However, a good value. Okay for sipping, maybe better for mixing...
Dejlig sød og let drikkelig. Til en pris på lige under 250kr, er det umiddelbart svært at finde en bedre flaske.
Finally was I able to get my hands on this beauty! Cant go wrong with Plnatation, this an amazing rum for the $21 only. Nice bottle, good taste, not overly sweet, no alcohol burn, definitely a must have.
Uffff buenísimo para ser un 5 años. Se siente el dulce sin llegar a exagerar, y lo disfrutas si quieres solo o con hielo. Ni imaginar cómo puede combinar. Una muy buena sorpresa.
Easy drinking light rum. Mildy sweet with a clean finish and very little burn. A good sipping rum for everyday
Easily a 7 for the price at £26 It's a steal. Wonderful mixer and actually ok to sip even after 5 years. Plantation do their rums well fine Barbados tastes of the Caribbean
Very fruity, smooth, can drink neat with no problem
It’s a kind of sweet rum. I think it’s better on the nose than it is to the mouth. Rich aromas (very pleasant), rich fruity and sweet taste. For one or two glasses the most.
I do not recommend on the rocks (it will get weak), I think it’s better straight out of the bottle. Not to great for a cigar. For the money it costs it is fair. It has added sugar but not to much. If you like Diplomatico reserva exclusiva, for half the price you will like this too.
In two words: good and cheap but not “wow””.
Great introduction to Bajan style, very easy to drink, great mixer.
This might be a bit of a conundrum but this is a pretty good rum but not for me. It reminds me quite a bit of Pyrut X. O. It is smoother than most 5 year olds. The aroma is barely perceptible. Taste wise all I get is a heavy dose of orange and it is a bit too sweet for my liking. It is a bit one dimensional, lacking any real complexity which is not necessarily a bad thing. I love Bajan rums but just not this one. I rarely use a mixer with good rum but I just might here.