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Plantation XO 20th Anniversary rum is a combination of pot-stilled and column-stilled Barbadian rums that are initially aged in the Caribbean in ex-bourbon casks for 12-20 years. They are then transported to France for a second 12-18 months aging in small French oak casks.
The first bottle of Plantation XO 20th Anniversary was created for the head of Cognac Ferrand Estate Alexandre Gabriel to honor his 20th year running the company. This special gift has resulted in the bottling we see today.
Poured neat, it's very light on the nose with just a hint of buttery toffee and caramel. The first sip has a heavy mouthfeel with a warm flavor that travels from the middle of the tongue to the back of the throat. It leaves behind just a little heat, and flavors of rum and caramel apple. I like it best with just one ice cube with brings out a bit more of that caramel apple flavor that I could drink all night. This is a great sipper!
Bought this one tax-free on the boat returning from a vacation in Norway. It has just the most beautiful bottle, which immediately sets the right mood. As it is on the list(s) of rums with added sugar, I was afraid it could be just a little overly sweet, but i found the sweetness very well balanced, nice dry-ish.
The nose was not really strong, but it's more like pleasant teaser / preview of what you are about to taste. And it backs up the taste very well... what you smell is what you get! It is fruity and tropical, but there's oak and smokiness too. The burn is good, meaning it is not too much but it still has that bite, which transitions quickly in a lovely lenghty aftertaste.
It is quite different in comparison to one of my favourite: Mount Gay XO, but I think this one wins on details. Considered that ratings can only be given in whole points, if either one deserves a 10, it's this one (although i was tempted to reward Mount Gay with a 10 as well).
Vanilla, caramel, really fun complex taste. I tried it neat in a cognac glass and it was a bit much. In a more open whiskey glass I was really able to appreciate the complexity without being overwhelmed. I imagine this is as smooth as rum can be :)
Has a pleasant amber hue and first taste a vanilla and coconut but everything you are looking for in an XO
Er meget sød og smager af kokos. ikke lige min kop te
Definitely an oak odor. The flavor is very good balanced. Not overly sweet. Good strong but not overpowering burn which fades quickly and then the smooth, rich, golden brown liquor goes down like oil.
Den er super, der er en dejlig sødme smager helt vildt godt
This rum is a delicious sipper. Hints of cinnamon, vanilla, and sugars are forward on the tongue. Nuanced flavors come forward from additional aging in cognac casks. I'd love to taste a version that doesn't have added sugar.
Rien à dire faut le boire pour le croire. Un de mes préférés
It tasted exactly what i imagined hiw a tropical rum from barbados would taste. Coconuts, banana, smooth rum. After the first sip i could imagine myself on a bounty beach. A must have for in the cabinet. Solid 8. I do miss some afterburn and lasting taste for a 20y old rum. Hence the 8 and not a 9
Havent tried that many roms but this one was very smooth in the flavour when u mixed it with cola.
Best rum i tasted so far and the bottle looks great :D
Nase: intensiver Duft nach Karamelltoffées, leicht fruchtig und der Ahnung von Röstaromen
Gaumen: besonders weich und ausgewogen, mit der exotischen Süße von Zuckerrohr, fruchtig nach reifer Banane, kandierter Orange und gerösteter Kokosnuss, Kakao, Toast und Vanille
Abgang: Geschmack und Duft bleiben noch lange erhalten
Vielleicht um einen Hauch zu süß. Dennoch 10 Punkte
The first rum I really appreciated. Not a classic rum raisin kind of rum. Instead the coconut nose and especially flavour here is just amazing. Good bang for the buck for sure!
Dolcezza medio alta con un forte finale caramelloso, forse un po troppo ma è talmente morbido che va giu con piacere. Se vi piacciono i rum dolci e facili da bere questo è la scelta migliore anche per la qualità del prodotto molto superior ai "Z" rum.
Dennne er nok også en 8 vurdering, men for mine uerfarne smaks løker å gane så synes jeg den stikker litt rundt i munn. kanskje det er for jeg liker mye sødme.
Tror kanskje jeg må vurdere denne til en høyere karakter når jeg har drukket hele flaska.
This is a great choice. Especially for beginners! Sweet and tasty
Very smooth, with flavours of vanilla, coconut and bourbon cask.
Personally i think the coconut is too much in this great rum.
But its very nice !
Mycket lovande inledning, väldigt mycket vaniljkola, på vippen till för söt men väl avvägd
Ganska stark spritighet som dämpar sötman snabbt men som tyvärr också lite tar bort eftersmaken.
For me..this is the rum for any occasion. Didn't let me down. Love this one-- perfectly ballanced.
Sehr schöner Geschmack nach Karamell, Schokolade, Banane, Vanille, Früchten. Süß, weich, ausgewogen. Insgesamt super.
Ein typischer Vertreter der Süssen Rums. Er ist sehr rund und ausgewogen. Ein every bodies darling.
har inga klagomål på den den är god men lite tråkig
I believe this rum appeals to so many because its truly smooth and very simple. I am not an expert, but 2 most prominent things i can taste here are the oak and coconut. Reminds me christmas. This rum is not complex at all, but its simplicity, what makes it outstanding. Very unique, hard to mistaken it. A must try for a rum lovers.
It would be sin to not drink this straight. Maybe bit more sweet than i would like, with almost no aftertaste. But still one of best rums i had chance to taste.
A unique rum with vanilla taste pronounced. It's very pleasant high range.
Sweet suggar and vanila taste. Little bit burning in mouth, smooth end.
One of the very good ones, but I still prefer Diplomatico Reserva Exclusiva 12yo.