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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.
Nice sweet summer rum, light and pleasant, but a little bit too sweet as for me. Nice notes of coconut and tropical fruits beautifully combined with gentle oakiness. A good sipping choice.
Nose: Light, creamy, coconut notes, vanilla, fruitiness (apricots, lychees), toffee, white chocolate
Palate: Sweet, hint of ginger, vanilla butterscotch, apricots, melon, a bit of oak
Finish: Short, sweet, slightly nutty and oaky, orange zest, coconut water
Very cool packaging. Comes in a box and the bottle is very cool looking. My first sip left me disappointed, the after taste was a little strong. Next I tried it by adding one small ice cube and letting it melt. That made it perfect. Now this is one of my top five rums.
Amongst the smoothest Rums I ever tried, it's very surprising how you swallow it without any burn, almost no alcool taste. Very sweet, typical sweet aged Rum taste. The nose is quite discrete...again a great Rum for all budgets...
Plantation XO 20 Anniversary 40% Barbados
Eye: Golden teak, thick and sticky
Nose: Watch out, it´s an arrack-attack! When the arrack explosion finally settles, pleasant layers of coconut butter, caramel toffee and vanilla appears. Then a full harmony of orange confit, cedar wood and ladies perfume. It is like an elegant version of the of Yankee Candle Vanilla Cupcake. Every whiff puts a childish smile on my face. The smell is so delicious, I am tempted not to even drink it. I could sit here all night. Pure “The Body Shop” Coco Body Butter. Very sensual. I think women should wear this on their necks as evening perfume.
Mouth: After that ridiculously wonderful nose you wouldn´t expect a rugged, unbalanced Brute with predominant tastes of ethanol and muscovado sugar in a sticky ball. The taste is artificial and manufactured, a chutney of orange marmalade, honey, eau de vie and coconut. The palate turns numb, the tongue is coated with embrowned butter and sugar and some strange alkaline metal is buzzing in the mouth which is far from pleasant. I smell it again. Heavenly! I wonder – how is this possible?
Reaction: What can I say? The smell is absolutely wonderful, well composed and infinitely beautiful. The taste however is brutal. It is difficult to rate this charming troll in a fair way as it shows two different personalities, but it do possess character (not necessarily an appealing one) and that is never a bad thing. So this one is from the hip.
84p (the smell is worth 97 alone)
Price: 509 SEK
Tasted: 2016, in a Riedel Sommelier Cognac XO glass at room temperature.
I work with this rum and it's an excellent rum to get people started with rum the pleasant sweetness rum is even liked by most even if they are not in to spirit drinks. Caramel and sugar amount is perfect for this French oak aged rum. Highly recommended.
Delicious traditional-style rum. My palate's not that good so I'm not going to go there. Definitely complex and almost pulp-like taste, probably what I can assume most plantation style runs will taste like. Still a bit harsh but again probably apart of the process. A bit disappointed though from all the hype around this guy but again, probably a style more than a quality attribute.
According to their website it is a blend of their oldest reserve rum. The plantation brand by cognac Ferrand is interesting with their double maturation with its first in the hot Caribbean and their second maturation in the cooler climate of France in ex cognac cask. The result is a smooth and complex rum.
It's presented in a very bottle but I wish I had the older style bottle as prefer the look of that one.
Deep mahogany in colour with copper hues. Really nice smell with hints of vanilla, caramel sweetness, some banana, chocolate and some cognac notes throughout.
It has a creamy taste, caramel sweetness with a little spice and some oak dryness throughout which is not overpowering moving into a nice long finish.
Even though it has added sugar and I believe caramel colouring its a very nice complex rum and pretty good value in the UK.
Que dire sinon que cette bouteille a tous les atouts d'un très grand rhum :
- un nez riche et complexe
- une bouche fruitée, épicée, complexe, faite de multiples saveurs qui font qu'on le redécouvre à chaque gorgée
- une onctuosité balancée par une belle fraîcheur en bouche
- sucré et sec à la fois !
- une longueur en bouche exceptionnelle
Un très grand rhum. En tout cas mon favoris à un prix très accessible...
This is a sweet and soft kind of rum, a kind of rum I myself really like, despite the strong taste of coconut... It is a marvelous entrance to a whole new world of fine and good rum!
For me, this blend between banana, vanilla, roasted coconut and wood is the perfect taste. The only reason I don't give it 10/10 is because I hop that something out there can top this.
Perfect on the rocks with a cuban cigar.
Un rhum qui au nez , dégage des aromes de noix de coco et ensuite de pelure de banana, meilleur que le dos maderas selon mes gout personnelle.
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