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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.
An incredibly bland, inoffensive, adulterated "rum" intended for mass appeal. In an attempt to satisfy literally every single palate on earth the creators of this rum have totally obliterated whatever soul, substance or character the original distillates may have possessed by blending, refining, re-blending, and then, just to make sure there was no trace of character left, adding a plantation’s worth (LOL, get it) of sugar to each bottle.
Imagine someone decided to shave down Michelangelo’s David into a perfect cylinder. After all, a singular creative expression like David--or indeed any piece of art--will never be to everyone's taste. Some people may find it objectionable, what with all those irregular and uneven edges and lines, and let’s not forget about that penis. But a marble cylinder on the other hand... Who could object to a cylinder?! It’s just a perfectly safe and innocuous marble column, after all. And that’s what this rum is - a marble column. It’s apparently as “smooth” as a marble column too. Being "smooth" is one of the highest compliments one can pay a spirit, don't you know?!
As for what it tastes like... Well, if there was such a flavour as “sweet” then this rum would have it in spades. It’s a borderline-cloying, vaguely toffee-ish, vanilla-esque, coconutty, ethanol water. I wouldn’t be surprised if in addition to the mountains of added sugar there are other additives, such as vanillans, as well. The nose is almost non-existent. It smells like sweet ethanol. If you have a good imagination you might pick up some of those aforementioned toffee and vanilla notes.
The bottle is also quite ugly. It's going for "luxury item" but as is often the case with such goods it just appears tacky and gaudy. The whole thing comes across as brassy and ill proportioned, with that ridiculous stopper being the cherry on top of a wonky shit sundae. Incidentally, I quite like the shape and presentation of the standard Plantation bottles with the bulbed neck, both the squat and slim versions. They are elegantly proportioned, the labels are attractive, and the embossed seal adds personality without overdoing it. Just get rid of that stupid messy-looking twine marketing gimmick, please.
Anyway, I must say it’s a good thing that rum drinkers aren’t a demanding lot who prefer substance over style and who expect to know what they’re actually drinking, otherwise they may start getting the quality they’re paying for...
Faldt ved et tilfælde over denne fantastiske rom, som omgående blev min favorit.
This rum will ruin most other rums for you going forward. Tremendous flavor and body with a lasting finish. Has, in my opinion, best presentation when left to breath for a few minutes.
Reasonably smooth and on the sweet side. For the price a descent bottle.
This is a real good rum, good taste and not that expensive, get it if you see it.
Rhum sympathique, un peu trop sucré mais agréable à boire
A very interesting rum as one finds. Starting with cane juice aged in bourbon casks and finished in cognac barrels. Adding an interesting character vindictive of a good agricole rhum. Low heat with decent finishing notes.
Ein wunderbar weicher und harmonischer Rum aus der Plantation Serie.
+ long time spicy and caramel taste, color, vanilla and "XO" flavor
- maybe more expected for Anniversary Rum, for me unbalance flavor, too much "something"
Despite recommended rum
an easy to drink rum. With no real burn. Best enjoyed on the rocks but equally delicious with a splash of coke and slice of lime.
There is nothing negative that I can say about this rum. The packaging is awesome and flavors inside do not disappoint. I would definitely recommend this one to anyone looking for a great sipping rum under $60!
"Plantation" is quite well known, and so I thought, I might as well try one, too. Unfortunately, it doesn't live up to its fame.
It is excellent in the nose - vanilla and coconut dominating.
Coconut dominates in the palate first, too. But then there comes some burning kind of acid which kills the rest. No aftertaste, either.
So, it's ok for an evening with friends you want to introduce into rum. Or as a "digéstif", as the French call it. But it is no rum you would want to stay a whole evening with.
Mon rhum préféré à ce jour, très doux, goût de vanille assez fort, toutes les personnes à qui je l'ai fait gouté l'ont adoré.
Smooth, sweet, long aftertaste. I had a small sip of this rum and I very liked it. Price is not so pleasant, but I think, it is worth to pay. Definetly getting a bottle soon.
Né à la barbade, finit en Charente. De la douceur, des fruits mûres, banane, vanille et très marqué coco, un pur délice, acheter sans crainte.
this is a complex blend of very old rums.
A warm wave flows thrue your mouth with each sip.
Spicy notes of vanilla and chocolate and some fruites, hints of sugar cane comming through with even Some coconut on the finish.
pre mna trochu nevyrazny rum. Mozno sa k nemu dostanem este niekedy a zmenim nazor. Prvy dojem bol ale trochu sklamanie
til pengene er dette et mesterværk af en rom, dejlig smag og rigtig lækker næse.
Denne rom har en god smag, hvor der bliver kælet for smagsløgne. Den går rigtig godt til en kop god kaffe og mørk chokolade, fordi den ikke er for sød eller sprittet.
One of my favorite. Plantation XO is a sweet and silky rum. I'm not a coconut fan and was afraid of not liking this rum reading some of the reviews. However I thought it was more dominated by chocolate flavour and some nuts and hints of oak, whereas coconut taste was really subtle. Well balance rum. A must try !
God this stuff is good. Perfect balance. I could drink this all day if only I had the money.
Plantation has easily the most consciousness marketing department that existed. All the way from the box to the bottle no corners were cut. I could write a mile long summary on that alone but that's not why we are here. Opening the bottle and sniffing it gives you a bunch of wonderful hints, first the cask then some coconut, spices (maybe cinnamon) and a very nice sugar smell. In the glass its a very dark amber, tasting it neat is a very warming rum, extremely well balanced. The coconut is a unique surprise that i'm not used to in aged rums and it makes a very nice addition to the collection. Noting its balanced you get hints of chocolate (probably dark chocolate), oak cask, alcohol,the coconut and vanilla. The coconut after taste lingers for a long time. In cola its good but not as good as straight up. Since its balanced the cola kills some of its unique hints, still very good however. I can see this bottle being a mega hit at a holiday party.
8.5 on rum and .5 bonus points on packaging/bottle.
Fantastisk rom med noter af mango, kokosnød, vanilie og brun sukker. Sødmen er tilpas afbalanceret. Elsker denne fantastisk rom.
It's like a pina colada in a small glass. A very distinguish note of coconut, vanilla and a hint of pineapple. But very very well balanced. Not too sweet with the smoothest finish ever. Straight up or with max one ice cube
Denne rum har alt hvad en god rom skal have efter min mening.
Perfekt indpakning, flasken er mega flot
Perfekt næse, den dufter dejligt af kakao, vanilje mm.
Perfekt smag, ikke for sød ikke for stærk og et fint mix af alle de søde dejlige ingredienser
Perfekt eftersmag, der holder
Denne flaske SKAL altid være repræsenteret i min samling.....