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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.
In this crazy world of rum it is easy to be misguided by the number printed on some of these bottles, so let this be said. This rum is not 20 years old, but that doesn´t mean that it is bad.
Nose: Caramel, vanilla and a hint of fried bananas
Taste: Thick and sweet with caramel, vanilla and a hint of orange peel. Short and thin aftertaste
Overall: This rum is on the sweeter side, but it still holds up well against other rums in that category. It fills the mouth, but leaves soon after swallowing, which hurts the rating a bit
lighter on the molasses, nice hint of coconut. only gave it a 9 because you cannot beat Clement XO.
One of my favorite sipping rums with flavors of cinnamon, vanilla, banana, and nuts all taking part in this delicacy.
A great rum, very soft and delicious. But maybe too sweet.
Incredible high end rum without the high end $
I prefer this with a small ice cube, allowing it chill for 5 minutes.
Your senses are greeted with vanilla a hint of banana, sugar cane and coconut. The flavor remains like an old friend with no burn.
Für mich gibt es (bisher) keinen besseren Rum. Einfach lecker und süß.
A lot of coconut on the nose, followed by sweet vanilla oak. Very smooth, complexity amped up in the mouth. It turns a little bit after a few sips but is still great neat. A first class sipping rum with a nice dose of coconut and vanilla.
My favorite rum so far. Great taste. Slightly sweet with a nice nuttiness.
I was hesitant to give a 9/10 rating, but since there are only full points here I could not have done otherwise. This rum is truly wonderful. Tastes heavenly, goes down smoothly and the biggest problem is the limited capacity of the bottle.
I have tasted vanilla, cocoa, oak and maybe a hint of coconut. Once the cup is emptied it smells of cloves.
This rum truly is a fantastic choice.
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!