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This is actually a dark rum, but cold filtered to compete in the segment of white rums.
The make up of the bottle is amazing and emphasises it's origin. Regarding the taste:
Actually, if you compare this rum with other white rums, you could sip this rum, sounds crazy but it isn't. The rum is pretty smooth with some lights of sweetness.
Comes out great generally in cocktails.
This rum surprised me from many stand points. I was impressed by the packaging, the blending, price point, nose, and most importantly the taste. This rum goes down smoothly but has a little bite to it to remind you its rum at least in a double shot. This rum is going on the list as one of my favorites at an incredible price. I've only had it straight up as this point but I think that is all I need. Why water down this great rum? I could sip this straight anytime.
I was never a white rum fan, but this one was a pleasant surprise. I've been a big fan of Plantation's XO 20th Anniversary, so I expected their white to be good, and it didn't disappoint. With eyes closed, you would think it's a dark aged rum - it's quite smooth. Just a touch of sweetness with a very nice finish. It's good enough to drink straight.
From what I have read this rum is a blend of unaged rum from Barbados and Jamaica, three year old rum from Trinidad. and a twelve year old rum from Jamaica all of which is carbon filtered leaving a clear rum. Apparently the carbon filtering removes much of the oak tones from the aged rums in the blend. This leaves a rather smooth yet somewhat sweet white rum. The rum is rated at 41.2% ABV or 82.4 proof which is just a tad stronger than the typical 80 proof rum. The aroma in the glass and in the bottle is rather of simple alcohol with subtle hints of things I really cannot identify (I'm not all that good at figuring out smells) but the flavor is quite delightful. I detect molasses and vanilla in the flavor with a bit of a burn that fades into a sweet caramel aftertaste. Another winner from C. Ferrand. This could be used as a sipping rum if you're in a bind but it is better suited as a mixer. And at under $25 (U.S.) a bottle it is a very, very good bargain.
Call me the sugar police if you want but I know how to make an old-fashioned, I don't need a producer to do it for me - especially if they are going to call something "artisanal" and write a book on the label about how skillfully it is made blah blah blah. If it's so great why does it need sugar added?
This rum tastes decent enough, with good complexity and flavor - but I tried an experiment. I took the Real McCoy 3 yr - which is rated much lower and got some very bad reviews - added a little sugar, tried it (blind) side by side with this - and guess what? More or less indistinguishable. I did the same experiment with Doorly's 5 yr and Plantation Barbados 5 yr a while back with the same results.
I am not use to white rums (beside the cocktails), I love dark ones, but this is real surprise and I have to say, it is drinkable without including it as part of cocktail !! :) It is not for sipping, but as a shot (quite tough and strong alcoholic), why not. The rating could be 7.5 -> for me the best white rum I have drunk.
Sweetness -> 3.5/10
Strength -> 7/10
Glasklar mit Gold Reflektionen im Glas.
Im der Nase angenehm fruchtig und blumig, ein wenig Holz im Hintergrund.
Im Gaumen erstaunlich mehrschichtig, Funk aus Jamaica, Klarheit aus Barbados und Gewicht aus Trinidad. Frische reife weisse Früchte mit Vanille und ein wenig Karamell und Lakritze.
Im Abgang etwas süsses Karamell.
Ein super Mixer aber auch für den Genuss pur. Für eine Party ohne Kopfschmerzen und alle Geniesser.
Crystal clear with gold reflections in the glass.
In the nose pleasantly fruity and floral, a little wood in the background.
Amazing multi-layered on the palate, funky from Jamaica, clarity from Barbados and weight from Trinidad. Fresh ripe white fruit with vanilla and a little caramel and licorice.
In the finish a little sweet caramel.
A great mixer but also for pure enjoyment. For a party without a headache and all gourmets. 7+
I've been attempting to support independent spirits producers in my spirits purchases, attempting to avoid buying brands owned by any of the major liquor conglomerates. This isn't easy to do, by any means. I was happy when I learned that Cognac Ferrand, the respected cognac producer (and, maker of Citadelle gin) produced the excellent Plantation line of rums.
Plantation three-star rum is a white rum blend of rums from Barbados, Jamaica and Trinidad, following Ferrand's tradition of aging the rums on their islands of origin, and then sending the rum to France for additional aging at Chateau de Bonbonnet. This rum is bottled at 82.4 proof. This rum evinces a deliciously fragrant nose with hints of vanilla and spice. The taste is smooth, with the rum's molasses origins clearly coming through on the palate. Plantation three-star is superb in cocktails, smooth enough to be a great mixer, but, with an assertiveness and depth of flavor that takes it beyond standard white rum offerings (e.g., Bacardi).
If you read the original press release for the rum's introduction back in 2012, Cognac Ferrand proprietor Alexandre Gabriel basically concedes that the white rum category is a crowded space dominated by huge corporations, so, this offering didn't make sense for a tiny house such as his, from a purely fiscal standpoint. But, because he believed that he and his team could produce a superior product, he chose to do it. That's the kind of entrepreneurial spirit that anyone can drink to, and, also, gumption and artistic daring that I'm happy to support.
At a price of roughly $18.99 per bottle, Plantation three-star is a great rum and a great value, as well.
I can get this locally for $20 a ltr. and always have a bottle on hand. When people ask me what's a good light rum this is my recommendation.
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