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Tasty, but not quite great
Cask no. 05, bottle no. 112
The nose is not effusive but has real depth and complexity, redolent with vanillin-wood, a whiff of incense, and molasses. The nose has discernible echoes of its time spent in bourbon casks - very nice! The palate is lush, round and dense with flavour - almost “chewy” - with pronounced molasses, faint char, and something floral like honeysuckle, before finishing with some pronounced peppery heat that is noticeable but certainly not harsh. Wow, this is great rum! It would be a missed opportunity to mix this with anything. It’s a unique sipper.
I’m a fan of Plantation and have never really been disappointed in any of the others I’ve tried. Some are just average and some are quite good. This one however falls short of what I would expect. It’s not the taste that is bad it’s the overwhelming chemical/cleaner aroma that hits your nose first. The taste after that is ok at best. Not a big fan of this one!
Leather and spice in aroma. Taste is strong (47,1%) with smoke and tabacco tones covering the rest. Aftertaste is short and not pleasant.
I picked up this new arrival from Plantation today for $55 US. My bottle is from Cask Number 4, Bottle 276. It is pot stilled from molasses and bottled at 47.1% ABV (with quite a burn). The demerara taste from Guyana is not obvious due to the complex aging process. It spent 9.5 years aging in ex-bourbon casks in the tropics, then 1 year in Ferrand casks in France. The final six months was spent aging in "zebra casks" (chestnut and acacia woods). If you are expecting to find an El Dorado with no added sugars, you won't find that here. That final year and a half of aging throws it way off for me. I am not going to even try to describe the taste other than it is just plain weird. If you want a rum that really stands out from all of the others, give this one a try. However, don't say that I did not warn you first.
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