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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...
Juste magnifique, un plaisir au nez ensuite dans la bouche quel délice! J'adore ce rhum !
In it's price range this is the clear winner for me. I prefer sweeter rums, this one is unbeatable. It carries the typical barbados scents banana, coconut and something fruity sweetness that I can't describe. However it also displays so much spiciness in the aftertaste. Everything in the most precise balance. I could just say wov when I first tried it. Super smooth experience in all aspection. It deserves a 9.9 on my own scale.
A good all-rounder, presentation, flavours, nose... all top. I prefer darker heavier rums and it's the only reason I didn't give this rum a 10.
Nádherné balenie a dizajn flaše, sýta farba a úžasná chuť. V tejto cenovej kategorii je podla mna najlepší, ak máte radšej sladšie rumy ako napr Diplomatico.
Beautifully packaging and bottle design, nice dark color and amazing flavor. At this price range it thinks is best, if you like sweet rums like Diplomatico.
Discovered the "Plantations" with the "Barbados 5 years" and this one follows the same path: quite sweet (but hot), lots of taste (mostly coconut)... almost a liquor.
More expensive than the "Barbados 5 years", but worth it.
I have tried many, many rums in the last 6 years – and it will take me a long time to eventually rate and review them all. From Appleton to Zaya, aged and unaged, 3-year to 21-year, single barrel to blended, and (not quite) everything in between - but I have certainly enjoyed a lot of rums. At this point in time, my favorite of favorites is this Plantation offering. Again, I have to judge this based on rums that are generally, readily available – and reasonably affordable. Unfortunately, the $75 rums I have purchased have not been as tasty (to me) as some of the $40-ish premiums and $20-ish everyday rums I leave on my bar countertop.
Had to deduct a point knowing Plantation is one that adds sugars and flavors. That’s ok in my book, but in a head to head - it has to take a back seat.
To start the bottle is beautifully wrapped and the cork is wood. First sight shows a dark amber color. It smells like a caramel pipe tobacco. The taste cannot be defined. Go buy this bottle if you can.
I was attracted by the bottle! the content is ok but I did expect more from it, you could easy believe that the content is stored 20 years but it is not.
j'ai adoré ce rhum... et du coup je l'ai fini!!!
a acheter les yeux fermés ...
Great stuff Great stuff Great stuff Great stuff Great stuff
I knew if all the people singing its praises. Never really caught on. Finally tried it. Yet another rum I'll put above that horrible Zacapa 23 (new, not original). It was so smooth. I like Diplomático Reserva Exclusiva, and had a shot of it after Plantation 20. Never expected Diplomático to feel boring. I just can't describe it any better than this way. It knocked down a peg one of my favorites and proceed yet again that the new Zacapa is a joke.
I have tasted many rums and this one is absolutely one of the best.
The taste is just right. A bit sweet and a spicy at the same time. You can taste the flavor long time after you have swolled the rum.
Only thing I'am sorry, that I only bought one bottle.
Rhum très facile d'accès
Très doux en bouche, on sent avec plaisir ses notes de noix de coco et de banane
Avec sa longueur en bouche très agréable, cela en fait l'un de mes rhums préférés
aromatic, smooth, perfect. Same level of premium rums like Cartavio XO or Millonario XO, but notably cheaper. Good tip.
Fabuleux rhum de la Barbade, ce nectar se déguste comme une petite pâtisserie! C'est un rhum très gourmand, en bouche la première impression est de déguster un cake aux fruits, puis viennent des saveurs de noix de coco, de vanille, de mirabelle et de banane. Et la longueur est exceptionnelle! Assurément un des meilleurs rhums que j'aie bu.
Havde meget høje forventninger, men de blev kun delvist indfriet. Duft var lidt spinkel og eftersmagen ikke særlig lang. Oplevede heller ikke en stor volumen i munden. Balancen var derimod fuldkommen. IMO en lidt sart rom til den søde side. Måske skal jeg bare lige prøve den igen en anden dag
Har nu fået smagt den i et andet glas og må sige at der er mere i den end i første forsøg. Skøn rom og fantastisk balance!!
Smager godt. Har en god tør sødme, med noter af egetræ. God lang eftersmag.
Wow... This is one nice rum!
Smokey oak an cognac nose. Light golden colour with nice legs. Powerfull long taste with a sweet and round taste.
This goes on the top shelf.
Choklad, vanilj, cocos, ek, kort sagt mycket gott i den här.
Flaskan i sej är riktigt elegant ochså
This is ma favourite rum. Very soft with taste of vanilla, maybe chocolate. And aroma is sweet.
This rum lingers on your palate leaving hints of vanilla and caramel. The wood of the cask boosts the flavor. Great rum.
On est sur un rhum très typé du fait d'une forte présence de notes de coco. Au nez c'est divin, l'alcool ne se fait pas du tout sentir et on est sur de belles notes caramélisés de banane, de café et évidemment de coco. En bouche c'est très très gourmand, suave, un poil trop sucré à mon goût. Il me laisse aussi une petite note astringente à l'arrière de la langue, pas vraiment agréable mais qui n'enlève en rien la qualité de ce rhum. Je n'en prends qu'un verre en digestif car il peut vite saturer le palet mais c'est un vrai plaisir.
Wow, coconut and vanilla smell just got me. It smells so sweet and fancy, you dont know you are smelling rum. The taste on the opposite is well balanced, not that sweet, yet very complexed. Like it sooo much.