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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!
I feel this is the most talked about and widely recognized rum in the Plantation range. It was named spirit of the years a few weeks ago by the Whisky Exchange and is often back order here in Quebec.
Having taste it a few times, I must say I understand the buzz. In fact it's so popular that Ferrand recently built a new aging cellar just for their star.
It is also very much of it's time, with an impressive decanter presentation, and a marketing wise clever and somewhat misleading "20" on the label.
As most people here know this is not an age statement, but a replica of a special blend that was createed in secret by their Master a few years back to celebrate the 20th year of owner Alexandre Gabriel at the head of Cognac Ferrand. Mr Gabriel was so pleased and impressed that he decided to make it part of the Plantation catalogue.
The Ambassador for Ferrand North America recently confirmed me that the base of the blend is 10 to 12 years old, but most importantly that is it finished an extra 18 months to 5 years in used Cognac casks.
So yes it is delicious and decadant, with some distinctive "patissieres" (baking) flavours, and a very nice gift and easy pick in its ultra premium category.
Not the darkest rum, but it does have a sweet vanilla taste to it. Would score higher if it wasn't so sweet
Good rum to drink straight with aroma of vanille, chocolate, cinnamon.
Needs some time in the glass to breeth to get rid of the alcohol.
Nose; Sof aromas of ripe banana, arrack, coconut, vanilla, cinnamon and toffee. A lovely and sweet palette.
Palate; The fragrances continues in the flavors. Now, there is also a nice oakiness and a small pinch of pepper. The flavor is not as sweet as the nose suggests.
Finish; A bit dry and warming. Elements of arrack, molasses, vanilla, banana, cinnamon and toffee lingers in the mouth.
Overall; Very nice indeed. However. I do prefer my rum a bit sweeter and richer, so to me Ron Esclavo XO, Belmont Estate Gold Coconut Rum, Elements Eight - Criollo Cacao Rum and Rum Company - Old Barbados, are better choices.
Complete mix of blends. Seems to have a lot to owe to its dual ageing. A rounded character without a burning aftertaste. One of my favourites.
I'm not a great fan of sweet rums. However what sets this at 7 is the aftertaste creamy feel. Don't get me wrong, it still is to sugary for me but the vanilla and somewhat dry coconut taste does well in disabusing excess sweetness.
It's a nice compliment to any desserts, and i would not turn it down if offered at the end of a lazy afternoon.
This is truly an amazing rum. Very smooth, and although there is a very noticeable vanilla and coconut flavor, it is not too sweet. Great for sipping neat. At $48 it is towards the top of my price range, but definitely worth the money. I try to save this and drink cheaper rums more regularly, but this is a rum I will always on stock. Absolutely one of my favorites and is probably worthy of a 10, but I don't give away perfect scores too easily.
Great sipper. Velvety mouthfeel. Slightly sweet with a nice nuttiness. My favorite rum so far.
I'm not fond of the nose. The coconut flavour is too strong for me.
The taste does it a lot more credit. Smooth, sweet, rounded. But again a bit too much coconut. Loong aftertaste.
I am a bit divided on this rum. I find if I ignore the coconut, this is a very good rum. I would probably buy it again, because it varies a bit from my normal taste.
This definitely wins the award for best designed packaging, and also for texture. It has a unique viscosity and almost seems to evaporate seconds within being moved around your palate. Only small points can be awarded for such features however... But when it comes to taste it does not disappoint, and delivers a distinction for those looking for variety in their collection. A high achiever all around.
Sugar: 24 gpl. This is one of my favorite sipping rums. It lights up your mouth and has a long, long finish. You can taste the coconut and a bit of orange like in Gran Marnier, and coming through it all is a fragrant and smooth rum. It's a solid 9 verging on a 10 every day. Add it to your collection. You won't regret it.
this is an amazing rum. So glad I was able to find a bottle. When I first poured it into my glass it pours like a honey liqueur. Smells of vanilla, spice, and cask waft to the nose. With a tilt of the glass legs galore reach back to the rest. After the first sip I am hooked. I will always have a bottle or two of this in my bar. It is all here, a complex balance I have not tasted in a rum before now. It is even better than my beloved Vizcaya.
Woaw, I had good and bad bottles from plantation (the Jamaican single cask 1998 is undrinkable) but this one is the next best thing I had from them (Barbados single cask 2000 beats it).
A very nice looking bottle, and a sweet and rich taste, not too mouth burning that makes it an easy drink. It has a strong taste and smell of coconut with notes of chocolate, I call it the bounty rhum.
Plantation 20th Anniversary je namíchán z nejstarších rumů společnosti, zraje nejprve v Karibiku v sudech po bourbonu, poté jsou převezeny do Francie kde zrají dalších 12-18 měsíců.
Alkohol: 40 %
Aroma: Hodně uhlazená vůně. Vanilka, snad i pomeranče (až mi místy připomíná Pyrat XO reserve), lehce kůže a hlavně kokos. (85 b)
Chuť: Nádherně jemná, mírně sladká chuť, kde se postupně vynořuje kokos a koření. (91 b)
Shrnutí: Jeden z těch rumů, které by jste neměli minout.
Whenever I see this rum for good price, I buy it.
Just great overall rumI would rate it similar as to how I would rate Zacapa.
It is sweet like Zacapa, so if you are not into that sweetnesd, then dont buy it
Well balanced nose ans taste.
Sweet and non agressive.
Nice finale with a very light coconut taste
Meget sødme, vanille og kokos duft og smag. Bliver lidt for meget i længden, men tag den frem over tid, og den er stadig lækker.
Plantation 20th Anniversary rum is to me a real winner rum! With its not to sweet flavors, you can find out some coconut taste very easily. It's a nice rum to show people who don't specially like rum, but also for real experts! Go and get it!
Smooth. Very smooth. I expected more flavor as the rest of the plantation family but what it lacks in flavor it makes up with in velvety character. Mild Honey sweet
A very good sipper
Very smooth rum
Too much coco though
Long after taste
I’ve bought this bottle for my bar,but I end up drinking it
výborný, sladší, na mě až moc silně kokosový závěr...
This another great rum, although I do find it priced a little high. Great bottle.
Not sure if I'll buy another one due to the price.
Smooth warm and full of flavors on the rocks. Caramel and hints of banana. Just the correct amount of sweetness. Needed a bit more punch to be a 10.