Plantation

Review: Plantation 3 Stars White Rum by Jason Hambrey

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ABV
41.2%
Aging
N/A
Recipe
From molasses
Distiller Distilleries from Barbados, Jamaica, and Trinidad

This is a white rum based on a blend of distillates from Trinidad, Jamaica, and Barbados. According to the brand, Barbados provides “richness”, Jamaica provides “structure”, and Trinidad provides “finesse”.

Plantation is a French producer of rum from Pierre Ferrand, a Cognac producer. They source distillates from all over the world, often bottling them with a fair bit of information on how the rum was produced. It’s a really fun way to explore rum, and they are generally decent quality. In Canada, most rum that are sold in the provincial liquor boards are rich and sweet, and only showcases one side of rum - and the side of rum that I don’t tend to like as much as the complex, dryer styles. It’s nice to see some of these make their way through to Canada.

This rum is made from column and pot distillation from Barbados, column distillation from Trinidad, and pot still distillation from Jamaica. The Barbados component is unaged, the Trinidad component is 2-3 years old, and the Jamaica component is 10 years old.


Review (2019)

  • Batch: N/A

  • Bottling Code: N/A

  • Bottling Date: 2017

Overall, this is quite a nice white rum – far different from what you’d see in a basic Captain Morgan white or a Bacardi white rum. We have lots of notes - blueberry, spice, banana, brown sugar, bamboo, and lots of fruit notes. The palate is lightly sweet, clean, with berries and some jujubes. Clean light finish.

Assessment: Recommended - for a light rum. But if you’ve had a few good white rums, I’d say you could pass on this.

Value: Pretty decent, for $28.


Review: Plantation Guatemala & Belize Gran Anejo Rum by Jason Hambrey

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ABV
42%
Aging
about 4-7 yrs
Recipe
From molasses
Distiller Unnamed Guatemala and Belize Distiller

This rum is based on a blend of column still rums from Guatemala and Belize. The Guatemalan component is aged for 3 years in ex-bourbon casks, while the Belize component is aged 4-7 years in ex-bourbon casks. The rums are then matured for another year in France in ex-cognac casks.


Review (2019)

  • Batch: N/A

  • Bottling Code: N/A

  • Bottling Date: 2017

This is a nice, rich nose – spicy, sweet, and oaky. There is some tobacco, oak, and a rich Jamaican-style estery note. Spicy, again. The palate is sweet and oaky, with a really nice blueberry note. The finish is sweet and fruity with lots of orange and a nice balance of fruit and oak. Relative to the Plantation rums I have tried, this is heavier and more in the style of a rich rum from the former French colonies.

Assessment: Highly Recommended.

Value: Great, at around $50 CAD.


Review: Plantation Jamaica 2005 Rum by Jason Hambrey

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ABV
45.2%
Aging
13 yrs
Recipe
From molasses
Distiller Long Pond and Clarendon (Jamaica)

This rum was distilled in pot stills at Clarendon distillery and Long Pond distillery, matured in Jamaica in ex-bourbon casks for 12 years, and then matured for an additional year in France in ex-cognac casks.


Review (2019)

  • Batch: N/A

  • Bottling Code: N/A

  • Bottling Date: 2018

Very nice! It has a rich jamaican character, earthy and with loads of fruit. Spicy, briny, fruity - it is wonderfully complex. Orange peel, brown sugar, mixed baking spices, and a nice tannic ending. Earthy throughout, a rich character - it’s great! I do love these Jamaican rums- they are my favourite style.

Assessment: Highly recommended.

Value: I couldn’t find a price, but I’d say this is a good buy against the market at $50-$75.


Review: Plantation Jamaica 2002 Rum by Jason Hambrey

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ABV
42%
Aging
15 yrs
Recipe
From molasses
Distiller Unnamed Jamaican Distiller

I don’t actually know much about this rum since it isn’t listed on the plantation website. However, as with the other plantation rums, it’s probably a Jamaican rum matured initially in Jamaican and then likely in France for 1-2 years in ex-cognac casks.


Review (2019)

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  • Bottling Code: N/A

  • Bottling Date: 2017

I do like Jamaican rum! The nose is very tarry with all sorts of notes -  smoke, olive, banana, and tropical fruit. The palate continues, but adds some toffee and orange peel. The finish is deep, and not too tannic. A nice Jamaican blend – not too intense, but still very interesting.

Assessment: Recommended.

Value: High, at 51.25$ in Canada.


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

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ABV
40%
Aging
3-4 Yrs Ex-Bourbon, 1-2 Yrs Ex-Cognac
Recipe
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.