Plantation Guatemala XO Single Cask Amburana Finish rum

Plantation Guatemala XO Single Cask Amburana Finish

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14 ratings
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14 Plantation Guatemala XO Single Cask Amburana Finish ratings

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Mujuru 🇺🇸 | 114 ratings
Posted over 1 year ago

Nose: Eggnog, cinnamon, nutmeg, tapioca pudding
Palate: fresh white oak, tapioca pudding, apples, cinnamon, vanilla, sweet despite minimal dosage
Aftertaste: Eggnog, cinnamon, literal vanilla extract, cinnamon throat tingle sensation

I have been longing to try an Amburana aged rum for quite a while now. When I read the reviews for this rum, it sounded delightful and something that I absolutely had to try. It took me almost a year to track down a shop that had it in stock and would ship it to me. This is a Guatemalan Single Cask rum that has been aged for several years in bourbon oak, then 1 year in French Oak in France, and then finished for 6 months in Amburana wood and bottled at 50% ABV. Per Plantation website this rum is very lightly dosed at 8gpL (3gpL more than might occur naturally under certain conditions). Amburana is a tropical wood found in Central and South America. I had read that it imparts a delightful cinnamon note to spirits aged in it, and not to spoil, but I found that to be true. Buts that's not all. No that's not all. This rum is quite delightful and I keep waffling on whether to rate it an 8 or a 9. But before I get to the final rating let's let the process play out because this is an interesting rum with some unusual characteristics

First of all, straight up, if what you want is eggnog and cinnamon and you want it now, there is where you can get that fix. On the nose I get strong eggnog loud and clear, almost like I stuck my face down near the eggnog punch bowl on Christmas. Hidden behind the Egg Nog I smell cinnamon, nutmeg, and delightful notes of tapioca pudding. All in all quite a pleasant and aromatically intense combination even if it is not overly complex.

Taking a sip is where things start to get interesting. It starts with raw white oak, not the long aged kind but the younger Tennessee whiskey sour kind. That appears for a second before turning into a mouthful of tapioca pudding with strong individually noticeable notes of apples, cinnamon and vanilla. This being 50% ABV it does kick a bit, but that's not the only physical sensation. In addition to the burn you get a tingly sensation in the throat like you just swallowed a tiny spoonful cinnamon powder directly out of the jar. The entire combination on the palate comes across as very sweet and decadent even though the rum is only very minimally dosed and packs a punch.

On the finish the eggnog reappears accompanied by cinnamon and vanilla extract (literally...vanilla and strong bitter notes in its entirety). After walking away rom the glass my throat tingles and little bit and simultaneously my mouth feels refreshed. Its a very interesting experience, that I highly recommend. So why not a 10 or a high 9? Because at times the vanilla extract and bitter notes sometimes dominate the expression to an extent that I don't like quite as much. Its still an absolutely wonderful rum but those notes do dampen the experience a little. Also I have never been a huge fan of fresh white oak (which is why I don't like bourbon as much) which appears prominently on the palate.

All in all this is a great and novel experience, but otherworldly to the extent that I feel like I have to order a case of it. The notes on this are so unique that it would probably make an otherworldly Cuba Libre but I am not sure what else you could mix it in...and besides it is meant to be sipped and it serves that purpose quite well.

Country of Origin: Guatemala (later partially aged in France)
ABV: 50%

Nose: 10
Palate: 9
Finish: 8
Smoothness: 8
Versatility: 7
Price: 8

Total: 8.3

HunterRomario 🇨🇿 | 329 ratings
Posted over 1 year ago

Neupřesněných několik let zrání v sudech po bourbonu, 1 rok ve Francii v sudu po koňaku Ferrand a následně ještě půl roku v sudu z jihoamerického tvrdého dřeva Amburana.
Alkohol: 50 %
Původ: Guatemala/Francie
Aroma: Příjemná, svěží vůně. Vanilka, med, květový nektar, uhlazené dřevo, šťavnatá ovocnost, perník, čerstvé hobliny, skořice, pečený banán, hruškový kompot. (88 b)
Chuť: Na jazyku působí zprvu medově sladce, šťavnatě ovocně, ale brzy přechází do suchosti. Vanilka, čerstvé dřevo, hobliny. (86 b)
Body: 87
Shrnutí: Další fajn kousek, bohužel ale ve vůni barvitější a zajímavější, než v chuti.

GH 🇺🇸 | 35 ratings
Posted almost 2 years ago

I’m Noticing a Pattern In Plantation’s Single Cask XO series...spice, lots of it. Very similar to their Barbados XO, but not as sweet. This is why I rate this bottle slightly higher. Light vanilla & molasses with alcohol on the nose. Smooth spiciness across the tongue, finishing with more vanilla across the palate. I’m glad I special ordered it.

Michal Micko 🇨🇿 | 548 ratings
Posted almost 2 years ago

Aroma is nice with coconut. Taste is strong but not burning with heavy coconut, chocolate and a bit of cinamon. Aftertaste is long again with coconut. This rum is like aromatic spiced type mixed with high voltage without added sugar.

scottlalib 🇺🇸 | 13 ratings
Posted almost 2 years ago

So smooth, and with multiple layers of flavor. Vanilla and butterscotch, a subtle tobacco note, with a sweet profile, but not too much so as to overwhelm. Reminds me of a complex Agricole. So tasty...

Corneliusl 🇳🇴 | 89 ratings
Posted 2 months ago

I tried this at a rum festival and really loved it! Its finish is almost like a whiskey.

Snookonthefly 🇺🇸 | 10 ratings
Posted 5 months ago

Very nice!
Medium body with butterscotch and caramelized banana. Hints of spice and oak round out the edges.

Adrian Adame (PREMIUM) 🇨🇿 | 537 ratings
Posted 6 months ago

- vůně velmi příjemná, vanilka, kokos, třešně
- chuť nasladlá, ovoce, muškátový oříšek, 50% je cítit

Kaps_Gr 🇬🇷 | 26 ratings
Posted 6 months ago

let it breath and then don’t hustle to swallow.. let it speak in your mouth.
A unique warm sensation that I can’t really describe- a nice heatness, not from alcolol-despite the 50%- and maybe sour-biter-ish. Predominant tones of Green apple and nutmeg. Maybe some hints of cocoa and coffee, tobacco and oak. Follows by a unique aftertaste.
If you have the chance buy a bottle, or even better two.

could easy be a nine, but I am a person with no previous experience to amburana.

Lee Martinek 🇸🇪 | 43 ratings
Posted 8 months ago

A spicy but smooth rum with a little burn. First sip; "What?", second; "Yeah, keep it coming."




Brand Details

Name: Guatemala XO Single Cask Amburana Finish
Company: Plantation
Type: Aged
Distillation: Unknown

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