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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.
Probably best rum I ever had, with nice bottle and pack.
After I opened the bottle, which is really nice, I poured some 4cl into my glas and let it breath for some minutes. It has a dark amber color. I smelled it and was surprised. No alcohol, just vanilla and creamy caramel. Wow. Now the first sip. Light sweetness with cocos, vanilla and chocolate. There is chocolate all over the place. Maybe some orange, but I am not sure. It runs very smooth and leaves you with a slightly bitter dark chocolate and oak taste. Fantastic.
At first it comes across very sweet and with a strong rum taste. It just lacks the smoothness and complexity to get rated higher. But for a price around 40 Euros there is hardly a better one.
One of my favorites, very sweet and a very distinct flavor of coconut. Simply really smooth and enjoyable straight up.
As far as I can see this is the same as the "Plantation Barbados XO 20th Anniversary" found on this site, so I'm giving the same rating on both.
Very smooth sipper with long lasting after taste. A lot of vanilla and chocolate with coconut and som bananas.
Oeil : doré à reflets bronze, très forte viscosité en parois avec des larmes épaisses et plutôt lentes
Nez : projection d'intensité moyenne, d'une superbe élégance, offrant d'abord des épices (vanille, girofle), la noisette, quelques fruits exotiques (ananas grillé), touche végétale, résine, crème brûlée, support d'alcool, dans un ensemble d'un équilibre planant
Bouche : d'abord les épices, assez marquées, puis des dimensions boisées et balsamique, sans agression ni brûlure, de belle longueur
Conclusion : on aime! 9 à 10...
This rum was everything that I was expecting it to be. Not overly sweet. Goes down with no burn at all. Very smooth. Drank it on the rocks.
Super fin rom med noter af vanilje og masser af kokos
Superbe, ni trop sucré ni trop alcoolisé en "bouche".
Bon rapport Qualité/Prix. Très bon sur glace.
Loaded with added sugar, so who knows what this rum really tastes like? Everyone mentions vanilla - that's all the extra sugar. Fake elegance.
À deguster à tout moment en toute occasion ! Tres belle rondeur en bouche.
Had for the first time and very smooth. Especially get the vanilla. Definitely worthy of a spot in the liquor cabinet.
Der Plantation Rum gehört zu den wenigen die in Barbados hergestellt und in Frankreich abgefüllt worden sind. Harmonisch weich - eine dezente Süße im Hintergrund, gepaart mit leichtem Karamell. Alles zusammen ein Rum zum Pur genießen ohne Eis.
What not to love about this rum?
The bottle design is lovely and majestic.
The aroma tells of some vanilla.
The taste is well balanced and not to sweet nor to harsh, very smooth
l'un des meilleurs que j ai gouter jusqu a présent
très fruité, sucré mais pas trop, doux en bouche
chauffe comme il faut!
pas très cher par rapport a la qualité
ne pas hésiter avant d acheter
Oh my, over a year since I reviewed this. I was excited when I found it at a big liquor warehouse. But it was a different bottle and different experience. Sill a very good rum. But not as I reviewed in 2015. Until now I hadn't realized the bottle that showed up in my cabinet was not what I'd had. I'll post both. I'm still not sure what the difference is? Both are 20th anniversary edition. Both are XO but no specific age. Both are Barbados rum. The rum I
Prefer and gave a 9 to is the shorter, squater bottle without the string/rope mesh around the bottle.
The bottle with the mesh is slightly less sweet. It is darker, than the honey gold of the shorter bottle. It doesn't have as much complexity. It's still a decent sipper but falls short of great.
Here's my original review. It is for the shorter, squater, empty:-( bottle on the left.
This is a very complex rum. It's not overly sweet and through the aging process used it does share some characteristics of Cognac. There is a fair amount of oak for a rum. Vanilla, caramel and I think I'm picking up coconut and even chocolate. There's no burn and a long finish. If you're going to spend the money know your rums or you won't appreciate this as much as it deserves!
easy to drink, taste and smell very delicious, sweet and fruity, must have rum, will buy again and again and again!
The first taste was surprise for me. Stronger than expected, still in my hall of fame.
Sweet scent, semi sweet taste. I can clearly taste vanilla but its not overwhelming. The whole rum is very well balanced and smooth. Maybe the best sipping rum out there.
What a great, straight rum. Light and little sweet, as I prefer it. Great taste.
This is one of my favorites, it's a good price and it's just amazing. For summer days, for winter nights it just tastes great whenever you drink it.. I am truly a fan of this one! Please don't mix this one, it needs to be enjoyed on its own with 2 cubes of ice..
Rhum sucré et fruité un must have.excellent rapport qualité prix avec ce XO
One of the most complex rum ever tried.
For smell and taste: vanilla, coconut and oak spices (as far as I can recognize).
Long and fine aftertaste, double ageing is amazing work.
No alcohol burn but with a good structure. Not too sweet.
For the price, a must have...
Read some reviews and am amazed to read things like "oddball" and "not completely smooth" and can only say that after 4 bottles it is still a perfect 10, smooth, awsome nose and complex taste finishing of very but very smoothly