Thanks so much for submitting a report. It has been emailed to the Rum Captain and will be actioned shortly.
I always sip a new rum right away to see about the burn and to estimate how much breathing time it needs. Yes, the immediate finish burns. This one is 9 years old, so 10 minutes is enough time to let it breathe. Viscous legs are minimal, so I am assuming that this one is semi dry with 10-19 gpl maximum of added sugar. The aroma and taste are a complex mix of tropical fruits.
When I think of the best of Trinidadian rums, I think of Angostura 1919. This Plantation Trinidad 2009 is in a class all by itself with no comparison to Angostura. It is a very good rum, but the WOW factor is just not there for me. It may move up from my initial rating of 7 and I seriously doubt that it will move down from there. Time will tell. My bottle is cask No. 3, bottle 289 and it was the last one on the shelf. It was also hand selected by one of my favorite liquor stores near me. At only $38 US, it was a very good buy.
I haven't had many rums like this one. Very oaky, nice bite, and good spices. Slight burn at the end. I enjoy this as a sipper.
Bought a bottle of Plantation Trinidad 2009 special edition made for Gerry's Wine and Liquor in London's Soho. Bottle and label design is typical high class Plantation style. Light amber color indicating very little added sugar. Strong red wine to the nose. Surprisingly dry to the palate with a tannin explosion in your mouth. Very smooth at the end. Red wine lovers can add 3 points to the score.
Delicious rum from Trinidad which, like a lot world-travellers, spent some time in France. Unlike other globe-trotters, who probably spent their time in France looking at pretty pictures in the Louvre, this single cask rum spent it being finished in White Pineau des Charentes Cask.