Review: Plantation XO 20th Anniversary Barbados Rum / by Jason Hambrey

3-4 Yrs Ex-Bourbon, 1-2 Yrs Ex-Cognac
From molasses
Distiller Unnamed Barbados Distiller

A rum bottled to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Ferrand master blender Alexandre Gabriel. It is based on a column and pot distillation which is aged for 8-10 years in Barbados before an additional aging in France of 2-10 years in a mixture of new, ex-Bourbon, and ex-cognac casks.

Review (2019)

  • Batch: N/A

  • Bottling Code: N/A

  • Bottling Date: 2017

The nose is nice – a mixture of coconut, toffee, and oak – nice and deep. The palate is rich, and loaded with tons of coconut, fresh and dried – and coconut macaroons. It is very different – I’m not sure I’ve quite had another spirit like it. The finish is slightly acidic and drying, and a bit cloying with all that coconut. It’s hard to get around all the coconut – too much for me. However, I tasted this in a group and some people were all over it.

Value: Low. It’s too much coconut for me. However, I shared this with a few others at a rum tasting and generally it was really a hit or miss product. Miss for me, but not for others.