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Plantation XO 20th Anniversary rum

Plantation XO 20th Anniversary

Caribbean | Aged

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.

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Posted over 3 years ago by Dunderful from United States with 5 ratings

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...

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Posted 1 year ago by Tuukka.R from Finland with 7 ratings

+Good "premium" rum for beginners
+Beautiful bottle
-Too sweet
- Not 20 year old

I would give 7,5/10 if possible

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Posted 1 year ago by Myran from Sweden with 31 ratings

Har helheten, bra allround som passar överallt. Trevlig smak och bra lukt.

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Posted 1 year ago by Reagol (PREMIUM) from Hungary with 4 ratings

To be honest one of the best-looking bottle of my rums. But thats all. The taste is fairly good but too alcoholic for my taste. Not harmonic, and a bit too dry, much less sweeter than the others.

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Posted over 1 year ago by Skegga from Sweden with 29 ratings

easy to drink. sweetness, touches of orange peel, almond pulp, arrack, coconut and vanilla

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Posted over 1 year ago by Harry from South Africa with 40 ratings

Absolutely mind-blowing! My first experience and tasting of a classical 'sipping' rum! Enjoyed every single droplet and immediately went out and sourced some for myself! Started my journey with rum because of this exceptionally smooth vanilla toffee, fudge, caramel beauty!

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Posted over 1 year ago by Ojkush from Netherlands with 9 ratings

Very smooth rum, exceptional well balanced.

The taste afterwards is a little bit boring still a splendid sipper!

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Posted over 1 year ago by Stadaik from Greece with 38 ratings

Balanced. For the price, the taste, the pleasure. Maybe i would like to see a better aftertaste. Something more spicy or fuity but nothing negative. Fair play. A must to try. Even i prefer more sweet rums. I will buy a bottle and get drunk with that and then i will come back to write about it.

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Posted over 1 year ago by Daan from Netherlands with 56 ratings

Nice and sweet. Sirupy, taste lasts long time. Not an every day drink but only for special ocassions.

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Posted over 1 year ago by RichPotter from United Kingdom with 17 ratings

Sweet notes but gentle on the palate. Lovely sipping rum for a special occasion.

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Posted over 1 year ago by Jdudah from Canada with 2 ratings

This one exceeded my expectations. It is exceptional well balanced and a medium sweetness. I immediately wanted another