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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.
Slightly sweet, especially coming out of Barbados, but that's the fun with the cognac process that makes Plantation. Decent for sipping, especially on ice. Tried it in a daiquiri but came out too sweet, even at 6-4-1. Is one of my go-to runs when buying as a gift.
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!
fruity and pretty sweet rum. makes a nice pina colada
You know when the plain looking librarian takes off her glasses and you say wow? And she’s a cheap date to boot! Lucky lad.
Se podría decir que es el hermano menor del 20th. Pero en cierto sentido es mas sincero que el hermano mayor. Me gustó mucho el impulso alcohólico, me gustó también que no sea tan dulce como el hermano mayor y me gustó mucho el sabor frutado.
Sans être aussi exceptionnel que le 20eme anniversaire, rhum agréable à prix correct.
If you’re looking to get into age statement rums, this is a great start! Plantation 5yr is a good balanced semi dry rum good for drinking neat, on the rocks or in your choice of cocktail.
Bought it for EUR 20,00 and it seems to be an ok value. A good contender against 10 year old rums,...even though it is a 5 year one :) The smell is average, burns a bit in the nose...even after 15 min. It tastes like a standard mixer...pleasant us the vanilla like "going down" without a burn. As a mixer with Coke, I must say it is not dominant enough to really stand out.
If you have the money, settle for the XO and not try less...one if my all time favorites.
Nice 'n sweet rum for on the rocks or neat enjoyment.
Nice smooth rum with a little sweet caramel and vanilla finish that I liked. Good to drink neat.
Smooth, a little plain but just enough flavor to stay present in a mix. Decent enough to drink straight, nothing offensive. This isn’t your prized sipper, nor should it be — this bottle bears the brunt of your Friday, so come Saturday, the good stuff is still there even when your dignity isn’t. A great standby for the home bar — better than most at this price.
First let me say that my very favorite rum is the Plantation XO 20th Anniversary. After trying this 5-year, it's obviously not as good as the 20th, but it's getting close and it's still a very good rum. For the $22 I paid for this bottle, I have not found anything better. It's got a sweet taste which I like, and a very slight bite but really not bad at all as far as that goes. For a 5-year aging, this is a really excellent rum.
I am no expert, so this is just my Personal opinion without much to compare it to.
Nice and smooth, good flavour. You probably won't buy this one again after tasting the XO 20th anniverary.
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.