At first it has quite a sharp alcohol so it needs to sit for a while to develop the taste and aroma. Afterwards it has a nice wooden aroma, quite sweet but you can still sense the alcohol strength in it.
J'ai eu la chance de goûter la cuvée 1993 lors d'un voyage en Martinique...
Quelle surprise de découvrir un rhum de cet âge d'une telle douceur et d'une telle délicatesse !
En fait, ce rhum ne porte pas l'Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée de rhum agricole, car il a été mis en tonneau avant 1996, date de création de l'AOC.
A cette époque, comme me l'expliquera très gentiment la gérante de la boutique de la distillerie, les maîtres de chai pouvaient se permettre de travailler avec des recettes et de faire vieillir les rhums en y ajoutant des fruits (pruneaux à ce qu'il semblerait),... C'est ce qui explique la rondeur de ce rhum d'exception!
Au nez, on détecte des notes empyreumatiques (boisées et fumées), voire même quelques notes de solvant!
L'attaque en bouche est assez classique sur le caramel, mais les notes fumées reviennent assez vite à la charge. Le rhum est rond, bien équilibré et la brûlure de l'alcool n'arrive qu'en fin de bouche.
Un rhum agréable à découvrir!
Not much to add to what others have said. I love this stuff, very little alcohol burn, way too easy to drink though hahaha. There are small hints of an almost Jagermeister taste lurking in the background, but in a good way, also sherry and vanilla. A truly wonderful tasting Rum.
To my palate, this tastes a wee bit like Diplomatico Reserva Exclusiva, but with much more "fire". Also hints of sherry, raisins and vanilla. Beautiful tasting Rum, sweet but not overly so.
Got this from Tesco for £15, I was not expecting much but pleasantly surprised by what it is. I sipped it neat and there is nothing offensive about it at all. No complicated depth of flavour, but a pleasant wee Rum that will work well with a mixer. It is 37.5% proof. Good value for money, a mile better than Supermarket brands and probably a couple of well known "famous" ones as well.
A pale brown color with light shades of bright red, smell - first strong caramel, but the comes the fine citrus, taste long sweet caramel and at the end boxing punch in the palate. Definitely female dominating Rum - sipping it you got sweet though about life continuation with wild acting in the background.
Classic color of dark rum, Cute domination of freshly cut burned oak on smell and on taste, Typical male rum, because when you taste it you want to grow up long lumber jack barb, then to cut some trees in ta coast and build your own boat to explore the ocean... I would like to give 7.5 or even 7.9, but not 8
Sehr schön gestaltete Flasche und Verpackung.
Ich konnte mal ein glas davon probieren und muss sagen, dass mich der Rum überzeugt hat.
Geschmacklich schliesse ich mich da den Tasting-notes an.
Sehr gerne würde ich meine Sammlung um diesen tollen Rum erweitern, er hat halt aber seinen Preis.
Viel Fasseinfluss, trockene Eichennoten sind sehr präsent. Die feine vanille-süsse ist dezent eingebunden. Etwas würzig und wenig fruchtig.
Sehr fein, mit langem Abgang.
Sometimes I pull the trigger to get some new rum that I have not tasted before, and unfortunately with emperor sherry all I can say is that was a bad investment. It pretends to have some rich flavour but at the same time it doesnt, I would say it is shallow and blank, sweet, and has nothing to persuade me for future come back.
Its nice... sweet... little bit spicy and fruity and with woody taste... somewhere in my lower top 10 (6-7) with diplomatico reserva exclusiva at the top.
I love the smoothness of this rum. I drink it with club soda so the taste really comes thru each sip! I do add a lime too just so I ward off scurvy! The molasses comes thru as a vanilla finish. I’ve been to Barbados and gone thru the tour. Another great Barbados rum is Mount Gay! I prefer the Black Label version which is stored in Jack Daniels used blackened barrels. I think that name is awkward. Especially when I wear my shirt from there - people stare at me. I’m straight and I have many gay friends - that’s not the point. Both rums are hidden treasures!
This entry is not really for drinking neat, but to add to cocktails and rum drinks. The smooth flavor is starting to get there, but the flavors are just floating around and the complexity is somewhat lacking causing the rum to not have a voice or a niche.
Heat from the oak and the alcohol, combined with the fact that this rum doesn’t really have a distinction or character that truly describes it.
Good to have in your bar as it is cheap. If you can find it and buy it, what the heck...get it, especially if your in the States. We can’t get Cuban Rums here only if we get it in the Caribbean, other countries, Cuba, on cruise ships, planes, or have friend buy you bottles when the go someplace that sells Cuban rums or Cigars.
Enjoyed a bottle of Duncan Taylor Guyana 1990 27y Rum while vacationing in Tucson AZ. Nice and unique bottle and label design. Golden color. Very smooth vanilla mixed with properly aged oakiness. Slightly too dry for my liking to earn a nine, but still a solid 8.
There are so many mixed reviews on this one, so I had to try the top rated one from The Captain since their 1671 was long gone before I could try it. As you can tell, I am now running out of rums to try that are easily available and priced sensibly. I knew before I plunked down $26 for this bottle that it was a sugar bomb with 45 grams per liter of added sugars and other things. God knows what, but it screams artificial. All I can taste is pepper, vanilla, and strange chemicals. This will give you one king hell of a hangover the next day if you drink more than one small glass. I am not about to try because I know what will happen based up my knowledge of added sugars. This one is just too much. But to new rum drinkers, it may just taste good because it takes a few years to graduate from ice cream and snow cones full of syrup.
To give you an idea, as of this writing, the top 12 most popular rums on this site all have 20 grams per liter of added sugar or more except for Havana Club 7 from Cuba that is not available in the USA. Interesting find! Most new rum drinkers are attracted to those sweet rums and sugar bombs. How does one break that cycle and work their way down to dry rums with only 0-9 gpl of added sugar.? Drink LOTS of this stuff in one night!!!! Suffer like hell the next day!!!! Then you will be looking up semi-dry rums (with only 10-19 gpl of added sugar) and most of those will not make you sick the next day.
Enjoyed a bottle of Bumbu XO while in Tucson AZ. Blacked out bottle versus clear bottle with Bumbu Original. XO comes from Panama based rums whereas Original is Barbados based. XO is much more dryer and has zero banana flavor which the Original has in spades. XO is mainly aged in ex bourbon barrels but finished up in white oak sherry casks. It's the sherry flavor which is offputting for me. Otherwise the XO coukd earn an 8, but the sherry just simply does not fit this flavor profile. No burn at all, which is quite surprising how dry this rum really is.
Alexandre Gabriel and his magic in coming up with many fine rums in the Plantation line. This is one of his newest which is distilled in pot stills rom two different distilleries on the island before heading to France to be nurtured and finished in cognac casks. Plantation uses Clarendon/Monymusk and Long Pond distilleries to combine their rums of various ages to create the newest addition in the Plantation line of fine rums...Xaymaca !
Slightly spicy (pepper) and the bourbon wood. Not as much funk as is associated with Jamaican rums like Smith and Cross or Appleton. Very little sweetness other than that from the cognac wood barrels. Taste of baking spices dried fruits, banana, vanilla, pineapple, smoked leather, treackle , lemon zest.
It’s ok to be sipped neat but holds its own better as a mixer.
It seems like Plantation is trying to create a Jamaican rum that is less funky in that weird flavor. Also a drier rum with 0 sugar with a high alcohol content at 43%. An introductory level rum for people who haven’t had Jamaican rum or or don’t like the funk from the Dunder, or sugar.