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Jimmy Cliff (PREMIUM) 🇺🇸 | 442 ratings Author Posted 3 Aug '22

I was very enamored by Plantation rums when I first got started reviewing and collecting rums and am interested in what others think. Looking back I gave several 8+ ratings and after revisiting them I question whether my tastes have developed beyond my original ratings or if some of the new offerings seem rough or not as smooth as before. Granted their offerings are extensive with rums from all over the globe sent back to France for second maturation, and the collectible Extreems  

I'm going to revisit some of the rare extreme bottles I still have, mainly because I have been sampling a 12-14 year aged Panama rum that leaves me short and questioning if I was caught up in hype, because this one is harsh, light colored and no where near the rums I currently rate 8-10. 

Anyone else have any thoughts on this?

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bar la moura 🇭🇷 | 143 ratings Replied 3 Aug '22

i have nothing against plantation, use some of their rums in my bar for cocktails mostly, but i really dislike sugar added rum, all their rums go to some maturation finish in france and at that point they add sugar in the distillate to enchance it s flavour, they have problem with jamaica and barbados governments because those countries (by law) make all rum without additives, plantation have jamaicans and barbados versions all with added sugar ! plantation it s part of the ferrand group, they make expensive cognac, also with sugar added, so pay attemption before you buy a ferrand cognac (also claude chatelier cognac or kaniche rum, all same group) ... some people here called me a purist, no im not, i just want to buy a rum that is a destillate, not a sort of liquor, same when i buy a whisky or a gin, i want to know how much additives inside so i will think twice before i buy it !

conclusion: usually french rum producers (martinique, guadeloupe, reunion) make mostly agricole but also industrial rum (they say rhum) of very high quality and honest products (dosage 0/5 grams per liter) but plantation ruins that good name/tradition ... and i see here on this site a lot of people buying and rating very high those rums ( with all spanish sugar bombs too), i propose all of this people to go and have some education of what is a destillate, what is a liquor, methods of destillation (column or pot still), than try again those sugar added rums and compare them with clean ones to see the difference ...

and really i don t have something personal against plantation, for example i hate zacapa rums also, just because they are all with a lot of sugar added, in the same distillery (diageo owned) they produce the botran brand that is not so good but at least drinkable because not dosaged with sugar ... 

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Paul B 🇺🇸 | 464 ratings Replied 3 Aug '22


The only repeat purchases for me with Plantation rums are three of their bar favorites; OFTD, 3-Star Artisanal, and Original Dark Double Aged.  I have not had much luck at all with any of the others, with most of them winding up being terrible purchases for me. The only exception to this is their XO Guatemala, and only IF I could find another bottle 200 miles away.  I blame the cognac cask agings for being disappointed and dosage had nothing at all to do with this.

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Mr. Rumantic 🇩🇪 | 221 ratings Replied 8 Aug '22

That all rums from Plantation have added sugar is not true. They have a lot of single cask bottlings and they have the most important information on the back. So they are very transprarent. They have some very good, some average and some bad bottlings for sure. I think there Barbados XO has become very bad. I also think that the cognac finish on EVERY rum they are releasing is a problem. The prices are mostly very fair. They have more cask strength rums like the Long Pond 1993/1999 which are very high quality. Overall i would say, that i am not a big fan but for example the One Time Limited Trinidad 2009 was very good with a very fair price (no sugar) and if you don't have the biggest budget Plantation rums are a good place to go.

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bar la moura 🇭🇷 | 143 ratings Replied 8 Aug '22

mr rumantik ok if you say their prices are fair, i ll write here a link, it s the official plantation importer for croatia, can you please tell me wich ones are not sugar added from these ?


prices are in our local value, divided by 7,5 you have prices in euro ( from 1 january 2023 we will also have euro unfortunately ...), so 375,50 HRK is around 50 euro, for me i consider it a sipper, not a mixer and i like it to be sugar free ... give me an advice and i ll buy and try the ones you say are not sweetened, in the bar we use the dark original, the 3 stars and the XO (this one is with a lot of sugar but we do a premium cocktail with it and also we sell it neat because is a mainstream brand), the oftd overproof we swapped for the jamaican rum fire (available just from this year and really i think is the best overproof mixer available here)

ok i checked on their site, only 3 rums are sugar free, the xaymaca, jamaica 2005 and fiji 2009, will buy them, try and rate here ... have to admit they are very transparent by declaring what is inside their bottles ...

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Mr. Rumantic 🇩🇪 | 221 ratings Replied 8 Aug '22

The Shop has not so many good rums to be honest and not many Plantations.  As i sad i am not a super big plantation fan. But i think they have earned their place in the rum market. They make a lot of different bottles and i guess anyone could find one, which he likes. I love my Plantaiton Panama 27years a lot and also the One Time Limited TDL 2009. 

The Plantations you bought are interessting. I love Rum from Fiji. My experience with plantation is, that they have not high ester rums from Jamaica or Fiji. That is a pity. But they should be solid, dry rums with some nice spice.

I look forward to read your review.

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Jagsroy (PREMIUM) 🇨🇦 | 256 ratings Replied 10 Aug '22

I agree with Mr. Rumantic, the Single Cask series carry a number of rums that contain no dosage, but not all. If you go on their website each rum marketed by Plantation divulge the amount of added sugar, if any, in each offering. I totally dislike sweetened rum (my preference) but some of the Plantation Single Cask series that have 0g/L of added sugar are very good rums.

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bar la moura 🇭🇷 | 143 ratings Replied 10 Aug '22

thanks for the advice Jagstroy, if i ll find some will buy and try them ... i see you really like Bajan rums, me too but have to try a lot more of them

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cowboykidd 🇺🇸 | 11 ratings Replied 10 Aug '22

Plantation XO 20th Anniversary is one of my favorites under $100.  Heck under 75.  The double aged is a good low-cost rum.  

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Jimmy Cliff (PREMIUM) 🇺🇸 | 442 ratings Author Replied 13 Aug '22

OK let's give a rare Plantation Extreem another try, Extreem Rare #3 Jamaica ITP 22 year old 54 proof. Beautiful bottle and presentation to start. It's still an animal, only slight funk, little burn, but lots of depth and lingering flavors. Don't taste any added sugars but not an easy sipper, this is a unique special rum you need to be in the mood for. Way better than any scotch I've tried still has a bit of unique Jamaican Hogo funk in there. 

stonytokes 🇺🇸 | 23 ratings Replied 25 Oct '22

I was in my local liquor store recently and one of the employees there who seemed very knowledgeable told me that Plantation rums will soon be renamed (you can probably guess why, think Aunt Jemima) and the brand will just be Pierre Ferrand, but the names will stay the same. So...soon you'll be enjoying a bottle of PF XO 20th Anniversary, or PF OFTD, PF 5yr, etc, etc...Another piece of history down the memory hole.

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Les 80 🇬🇧 | 20 ratings Replied 26 Nov '22

I don't like there rums to me just way too sweet I never finished the bottle 

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Les 80 🇬🇧 | 20 ratings Replied 2 Dec '22

if u like a rum full off sugar added

not for me I don't like them 

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Rumrun11 (PREMIUM) 🇺🇸 | 74 ratings Replied 3 Dec '22

Nice topic to bring up Jimmy Cliff. And by the way, before I get into the topic I want to mention that I really like a lot of your reviews and value your option as I do some others on this site especially since I just began my rum adventure about 8 months ago. Anyway, it is a none fact that as we age our tastebuds do change and for the better or worse, they change. Generally as we age, sweeter things become less appealing. Plantation rums, or at least the 4 that I have tried push the limit a little bit on the sweetness. It does not mean they are bad or have gotten worse over time it just means that we have changed. I am not big on sugary sweets anyway as I RARELY eat sweets or drink Coke or Pepsi but occasionally a sweet rum is appealing as long as I know that is what it will be and am in the mood for it. I think Plantation rums are really good when I am in the mood for them. I don't think you need to question them. All our tastes change over time. They make good quality rums at a fair price IMHO. 


Kevin 🇺🇸 | 55 ratings Replied 4 Dec '22

I agree with rumrun11. Every once in a while, especially after a meal, I like a more sweeter rum. Takes the place of a desert quite pleasantly! But one is enough. If I get in the drinking mood I prefer the true unadulterated rums.

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Mr. Rumantic 🇩🇪 | 221 ratings Replied 4 Dec '22

Just want to remind that Plantation has many different releases. The default bottlings are on the sweet side. But a lot of single casks are quite dry. Like the One Time Limited Trinidad, Australia or Fiji. Very dry rums. I guess one of the view bottlers which have a rum for every kind of taste in there arsenal.