Plantation XO 20th Anniversary (old bottle) rum

Plantation XO 20th Anniversary (old bottle)

France | Aged

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145 Plantation XO 20th Anniversary (old bottle) ratings

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Posted over 4 years ago by "Samuel Brunello" 🇺🇸 | 81 ratings

I really wanted to love this rum, I really, really did! I've been eyeing the Plantation 20 since I first became a rum drinker a few years ago. Plantation was actually what got me on rum in the first place. Full disclosure: I am biased.
N - Just lovely! You've got that wonderful coconut, a little pineapple and cream underneath, and a pleasant vanilla to round it all out.
P - Sweet tropical fruit, all day. So, so nice, pleasant, other word for nice.
F - ...and there's the baking spice! What more could I ask for?
Honesty with myself. The baking spice comes in on the finish, but it keeps coming. It grows beyond it's bounds, and starts to overwhelm, and what started off a pleasant addition starts to become outright unpleasant. It ends up hurting you, but everything else about it great enough that you keep looking past that and come back to it. That's probably a little more insight into my personal life... I mean rum... than you wanted. But there it is.

Posted 6 years ago by RumRunner 🇺🇸 | 37 ratings

Over a year ago I reviewed Plantation XO from Barbados. I was excited when I found it at a big liquor warehouse. But it was a different bottle and different experience. Sill a very good rum. But not as I reviewed in 2015. Until now I hadn't realized the bottle that showed up in my review cabinet was not what I had reviewed.

I'm posting a photo showing both bottles. I'm still not sure what the difference is? Both are 20th anniversary edition. Both are XO but no specific age. Both are Barbados rum. Reading all the reviews of both bottles, it appears that many reviews 'may' be posted under the incorrect bottle design. There's no way to know it, unless you really study the bottle but the details are the same. If anyone has addressed this I haven't seen it. I'll probably start a new forum thread in search of an explanation.

The rum I Prefer and gave a 9 to is the shorter, squater bottle without the string/rope mesh around the bottle.

The bottle with the mesh is slightly less sweet. It is darker, than the honey gold of the shorter bottle. It doesn't have as much complexity. It's still a decent sipper but falls short of great.

Here's my original review. It is for the shorter, squater, empty:-( bottle on the left.

This is a very complex rum. It's not overly sweet and through the aging process used it does share some characteristics of Cognac. There is a fair amount of oak for a rum. Vanilla, caramel and I think I'm picking up coconut and even chocolate. There's no burn and a long finish. If you're going to spend the money know your rums or you won't appreciate this as much as it deserves!

Posted over 6 years ago by IceBear 🇩🇪 | 22 ratings

One of my favorites, very sweet and a very distinct flavor of coconut. Simply really smooth and enjoyable straight up.

As far as I can see this is the same as the "Plantation XO 20th Anniversary" found on this site, so I'm giving the same rating on both.

Posted 6 years ago by Nils 🇨🇭 | 13 ratings

Best sweet rum so far, better than diplomatico reserva in my opinion.

Posted over 7 years ago by tftowner106 🇨🇦 | 23 ratings

Smooth, warm and delicious! Exceptional value. Great neat or an ice cube.

Posted 4 years ago by AnneMcF 🇬🇧 | 2 ratings

This is my first review and based on a tester bottle only but I'm very content! A lovely caramel colour which starts with a very pleasant oaky nose. This fades and is replaced with the cocont that's mentioned elsewhere. I would say that it benefits from getting some air to take away the burn but it doesn't take long to calm done and is an excellent sipping rum with a smooth oaky, caramel flavour with a certain amount of depth. I drank it with an ice cube. It will be going on my Christmas list .. if I can wait that long!

Posted 6 years ago by Jim 🇺🇸 | 2 ratings

Picked this beauty up while in Barbados a couple of months ago. Not sure I have ever sampled a rum aged in french wine casks.

In a word, decadent. Insanely smooth from start to finish, not chewy as sweeter rums can be and not gaggingly dry. This belongs on the same shelf with the world's greatest digestifs. I will weep win this bottle is no more.

Posted over 1 year ago by pgrace (PREMIUM) 🇺🇸 | 41 ratings

This is just the older bottle of the XO anniversary. Very good.
Tastey caramel banana molasses spice Bomb with a smooth finish

Posted over 3 years ago by Gadesboa 🇫🇷 | 4 ratings

Truly amazing, so sweet without any added sugar, strong taste of vanilla and banana.

Posted 4 years ago by mcnamard 🇺🇸 | 19 ratings

Beautiful flavor leaving the mouth feeling sweet. Smooth and sharp at the same time, with hints of tropical fruits accenting the almost dessert-like taste.

Posted over 4 years ago by B.P.O. 🇳🇱 | 55 ratings

Was excited to open this little number. Good yes but not great. As a Barbados XO I was expecting greater complexity.

Brand Details

Name: XO 20th Anniversary (old bottle)
Company: Plantation
Type: Aged
Distillation: Unknown
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