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Plantation 2005 Guyana is a rum brand that originated in Barbados in 1989. This specific rum is made from molasses and has been aged for 12 years using the traditional solera method. It is further aged in barrels that have previously held bourbon, cognac, or sherry. The company is now located in France and produces rums with an ABV ranging from 40% to 73%.
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"Plantation Guyana is the only rum in the Plantation range to have sugar cane syrup as its raw material. From a long fermentation it is then distilled in a Charente alembic pot still and finally aged in bourbon casks a fine balance is earned"
This is the PM mark from Demerara, 8y old, unfortunately just 45% abv and sweetened. So we can expect something like ElD 15 or 21. I would expect a bright, sweet, woody profile with sweetness and some fruits. This rum was bottled 2013, so let's liberate it.
When just pooring out this rum, I have the PM mark in the nose and the nose is strong. I would't say it's just 45%, this rum has bite. The nose is overall bright like a typical PM mark but also with some sweeter and darker flavors like caramel and some molasses.
I get some sweetness in the nose first, that I identify as honey, then the pencil shavening, some grasy notes and some molasses. I hadn't expected the dry fruits. The nose is also earthy, the barrel has influenced the smell. After 20min I get some floral notes.
This could be a mix of pot and column still. It's strong but with some typical column still flavors. Maybe it's the dilution and the dosage. The nose is overall quite tasty.
The taste starty sweet with a mix of honey, caramel and pencil shavenings. Just a bright initial taste also with wood and grasy notes. I can notice some dilution, but I promice, if you don't have much experience you would think this is a strong start.
The middle starts again sweet with honey, burned sugar and then turns dark with molasses, wood and earth. Then again gently with vanilla at the end. This is like a mix of PM with Pussers Gunpowder and ElD15. I love this taste, this is not a pure high end rum but I enjoy this one as much as ElD15. An easy lover but still quite complex I would say.
The spice rises and the finish begins. Spice, some light tingeling of alcohol, honey, burned sugar again, molasses and tannins. Then a good bye with wood, earth and vanilla.
Chapeau, I nice blend that has catched me.
You already mention the sweetness and the honey, this intensifies while you drink it.
I love this kind of blends. I could easy drink 10cl and enjoy some series meanwhile.
Yes it have some similarities with ElD15. But it's stronger and is more on the PM side.
This rum doesn't need a lot of attention, but it still offers a lot of the PM mark.
I would say, this is above the ElD15 and somewhere on the level of ElD21.
I would rate it with 85 points.
Nose: pencil shavenings, vanilla, honey, wood, caramel, some molasses, sour apples, grasy notes, dry fruits, earth, floral notes
Taste: honey, caramel, tannins, some mandarine, pencil shavenings, wood, grasy notes
Middle: honey, burned sugar, molasses, wood, earth, vanilla
Finish: spice, honey, molasses, tannins, wood, burned sugar
Value (43.5€): 4.5/5
Experience level: amateur to professional (for experts this one should be in cask strength and without added sugar)
According to the Plantation website: "Plantation Guyana is the only rum in the Plantation range to have sugar cane syrup as its raw material. From a long fermentation, then distilled in a Charente alambic pot still and finally aged in bourbon casks a fine balance is earned. Bottled at 45% it’s a “masterpiece of harmony and power” according to Paul Pacult in the Spirit Journal (April 2015)"
The 90 proof is definitely noticeable but I'll get to that in a moment.
I'm going to be brief over the first couple of items. Firstly, I like the aroma. It is rather intense with a slight floweriness to it. Almost honeysuckle. It is a rich amber hue with excellent legs.
An aside (please bear with me): I enjoy honey and I am fortunate enough to live in the region that produces the very rare Tupelo honey which is made during a very short season. I usually obtain my Tupelo honey from a couple of sources here in Florida (Apalachicola, FL and Wewahitchka, FL) and enjoy it throughout the year.
With that being said I would swear this rum has Tupelo honey in it. Almost like a Tupelo honey mead. There is ample woodiness to it and a marked pepperiness. A nice caramel undertone. The finish The 90 proof creates a solid, but not overwhelming, burn in the back of the throat. Still rather smooth. There is a sweetness to it that is clearly sugaring. I've had worse but I'd probably have given it a slightly higher rating if they hadn't sugared it so noticeably giving it a caramel candy undertone. But sugaring is the norm with Plantation rums. Sometimes it works and sometimes, like in this case, it doesn't work as well. I would love to sample this rum before the sugaring. Don't get me wrong, this is a good rum but IMHO probably could have been better.
Overall, it's a good sipping rum. Something different to try.
A potent and lovely amber colored rum. The nose is slightly smokey, almost peated, alongside notes of eucalyptus, rock sugar, rubber and green bananas.
It's spicy in the mouth. Starts of with a slight sweetness, like dissolved sugar or honey, transitioning into menthol, rubber and somewhat smokey oak, with a bittersweet, tingling quality, almost like chili oil.
A special and enjoyable medium bodied rum that feel's a little "untamed". Depends on the mood.
Jeg er og blive vild med Plantion serien! - Så må bare eje så mange jeg nu kan af dem (tegnebogen bestemmer) - Har kommet til at købe dobblet op af en anden, så den skal liiiiiige smages først (Barabados 20 XO)
A really good offering from plantation. Strong nose, in overall a well balanced rum.
Not the biggest fan of Guyana rum but this one is great. Better than Eldorado 12, more sharpness to it with a balanced sweetness. Good stuff 😀
Lite stickig i doften,, men smaken är kryddig och god. Ganska lång eftersmak. Mellan 6 & 7 i betyg. Jag blir sällan besviken på Plantation.
A sweetened rum. Normally not my cup of tea, but I have to admit that it was not bad at all
At first, I thought this was ok, but not really my thing, but then it started to grow on me just a little. It's one of those rums that's got quite a bit of whisky about it. That suits some people and not others. I found it had a strong whiff of alcohol and had a slight tatse of bitter apple, smoke and earthiness. It also ended with an alcoholic burn. I'll drink it, but if you want this sort of rum, the best I've tasted so far - by a mile is the Mount Gay Black Barrel. That may taste like whisky too, but it has lots of layers and depth. Having said that, this is decent and I think I may try it with a cigar.
Deep rich aniseed, alongside juicy plump raisins.
"A spicy slightly heated profile. White pepper and lots of spicy bourbon almost “mash” and oak."
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Classic Plantation 7 out of 10
Nice bright bronze color with a nose on exotic fruits, citrus (orange) and honey. The mouth is warm, honey and pastry always on the citrus. A rather short finale.