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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.
Krajina pôvodu: Barbados
Prevedenie: 70cl fľaša
Rumy značky Plantation sú mojou srdcovkou, mojím prvým rumom bol Original Dark, slušný rumík určený skôr na miešané nápoje. Ale tento je taktiež veľmi chutný, po cca. štyroch rokoch zrenia v sudoch od burbonu bol presunutý z Barbadosu do Francúzska, kde si rok poležal v dubových sudoch. Krásna tropická vôňa aj keď je v nej cítiť alkoholovú vôňu.
Fľaša: s určitosťou môžem tvrdiť, že fľaše Plantation sú skoro rovnaké pre každý druh rumu a líšia sa len "triedou" daných rumov, tzn. rada extreme je iná ako rada určená pre miešané drinky (3 stars, Original Dark, ...). Proste krásna fľaša.
Vôňa: vôňa je krásne exotická s náznakom vanilky, nie je sladká, trocha cítiť alkohol ale je to prijateľné.
Chuť: mierna sladkosť-citrusy, vanilky, korenisté tóny sa miešajú s alkoholovými.
Záver: rum je určený pre ľudí, ktorý hľadajú niečo medzi mierne sladkým rumom a trocha suchým rumom. Je to skvele vyvážený rum aj keď chuť by mohla byť o čosi výraznejšia. Celkovo rumy tohto výrobcu majú všeobecne dobré hodnotenie.
Cena: v priemere 27€/70cl fľaša
Spôsob degustácie: pohár Glancairn
Cheap enough to mix, tasty enough to sip. Just a solid Barbados rum that keeps me coming back. I go through this faster than anything else. Lots of people saying its too sweet, I know plantation adds some sugar but honestly I don't find it egregious.
I agree with other comments that is has many of the elements of the XO Anniversary, but in less amounts. Still has that coconut essence, just lighter.
Sweet pineapple on the nose, medium bodied vanilla and a touch of caramel and oak on the palate. Unfortunately there's quite a 'fresh' sugar taste, as if someone has added it to my glass. Just about good enough to sip neat.
I let it breathe for a while and it still had too harsh of a burn. The aroma is caramel. The taste is of burning alcohol, caramel, and oak. The after taste is pure burn mixed with caramel. For only $21, I don't regret buying it, but I won't buy it again. If one wants to play, then they have got to pay.
Then right after trying another shot of rum with no added sugar (Barcelo), this fool tried this one again. No contest! The amount of added sugar on this rum became so obvious with the back to back comparisons. Can you say hangover in the making? I sure can! No comparison whatsoever to the Plantation XO!!!
I eventually placed it on the counter along with rums that I cannot wait to get rid of and this was only after a few sips, as this is one step above Pyrat XO. My bottle of Mount Gay XO also happened to be sitting next to it, since it has tumbled down in my ratings. Hmmm! One dry Bajan and one overly sweet Bajan! This sounded like a match made in heaven. I started out with a 50/50 mix, but eventually wound up with 3 parts Mount Gay XO to one part Plantation Barbados 5 year. If one ever wants to know what to do with rums that they hate, try creative combinations such as this. Heck, the masters behind the tiki bars did these combos for years!
Update on March 3, 2018: Good riddans to this rum! It does not even make a Cuba Libre or Daiquiri. This was the last of my rums that I rated below a 6 and there are about 30 rated at 6 or more that I would not hesitate to buy again. It only goes to show that even the best rum companies can produce a turkey like this one once in a while. They are not distillers, by the way. At least the nice bottle with a real cork is reusable.
Hybrid Rum that can be used as a top notch mixer or a very satisfying sipper.
Given its price also, I believe its a necessary addition to every bar
Gold-Amber Color, Rich taste (can feel the ageing of the Rum even if its only 5 years)
Tasting profile:Tropical Fruits, vanilla
For about $20 your really getting your moneys worth.
Sweetness in the start followed by a short taste of the casket with a burning sensation in the end.
This is a really nice sipping rum, don't add coke, would be a shame! I really like the plantation rums!
But close to a sipper, works better with lots of ice or some cola.
I liked the price and decided to try it for some mixes. My wife loves it in cocktails or on its own. For the price I’ll pick it up again.
This young rum is very subtle in nose and palate. Not very aromatic, but smooth and pleasant. But I miss the character of more aged rums.
Good Rum at a very good price
I think I paid 19.99 for this and
still only use as a sipper
Solid barbados rum. Very serviceable sipping rum, and a strong mixer (good corn -n oil). Like most plantation rums (standard line) its an excellent value.
A nice smooth rum with a very nice vanilla taste. Perfect for beginners.
Heck the more i drink rum the more i find that Plantation is doing a great job. This rum is very nice, you can drink it neat, on the rocks or a quite tasty Rum and Coke. Good stuff for the money spent.
This has everything you would want a mid-priced rum to have. It really is not that far removed from the Plantation XO - it's not as smooth, but it has more bite and tang. I guess it depends what you like. Both have a hint of sweetness and are great to sip. This one is much better value for money, and as has been pointed out elsewhere, if you are in the UK, the Marks and Spencers Bajan XO is more or less the same stuff, a fraction cheaper with a different label.
The predominant tastes are molasses and very subtle caramel and vanilla. The aftertaste is warm with a slight alcohol burn...but of the type you'd want, not the type that might make you splutter.
It's definitely a sipper and best drank straight or on the rocks.
A little strong in alcohol, but super worth to sip pure, great complex aroma, super value for money, you can order it for below 20€.
Easy to drink, not to strong. Great rum. Difficult to find in some countries
For the price of about €29. This is a great rum! It has all the texture and flavour of a rum you want, without the harshness or over sweetened taste that you get for regular cheaper rums. This may not be the best in the Plantation line, but it still has a great nose and careml taste.
This is our “house” sipping rum. It is smooth with lots of caramel and just goes down. The most you could be upset about is it might not be overly complex, but after 2 or 3 who cares!
Maybe not the best for drinking neat, very good with coke. Price is cheap as well, only about $21 at my local store. Very good for value
It's hard to rate this because every year there's a new bottle and a new style. It's definitely been getting sweeter and sweeter. When I first tried this it was phenomenal and such a good price point. Now it's drifting, like so many other rums into the diplomatico, el dorado, ron zacapa, over sweet "aged" rum whirlpool.