Rum Review: Plantation Extra Old 20th Anniversary Barbados Rum
Plantation Extra Old / 20th Anniversary Barbados Rum
With a few weeks of no reviews, it’s time to start the year off right with a review of another great rum from Barbados: Plantation Extra Old, also known as Plantation 20th Anniversary. As with any bottle bearing a number, people often mistake this rum for a 20 year-old rum (including major retailers) but it actually marks the 20th anniversary of Alexandre Gabriel’s leadership at Cognac Ferrand. The age of the rum in the bottle is actually around 12 years—it lies in bourboun casks for ten years in Barbados before another one-and-a-half to two years in cognac casks back in France.
The somewhat squat bottle (which retails for about $40 here) comes in a box bearing the same artwork that’s laser-etched onto the bottle. My photo simply doesn’t do the bottle justice. The laser etching is really gorgeous, and the gold top to the natural cork stopper is a nice touch.
Once in the glass, the rum brightens up and has a gorgeous golden bronze color. A swirl in the snifter reveals numerous slender legs that develop slowly from a ring that forms toward the top of the glass. Clearly we have a nice viscosity here.
The nose carries with it very little astrigency, encouraging me to take another deep breath. The aroma is like a tropical cocktail—vanilla gives way to coconut, then banana turns to butterscotch. I simple can’t wait any longer to taste it.
The mouth feel is smooth, but with a kick of spice—a superb balance has been achieved between the smooth butter and the sharp spice notes. Vanilla is here, but in a modest way—the caramel, however, shines right through. The finish is extremeley long, carrying with it the spices and caramel. My mouth is gloriously coated, and I’m compelled to reapply liberally and often.
In summary, the Plantation 20th Anniversary Extra Old is a phenomenal rum at any price, and a steal at the $40 price point. I encourage you to buy a bottle at your earliest convenience.
Now for the scores:
Mouth feel: 1/1
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