— DOUBLE AGEING —
DOUBLE AGEING - THE BEST OF BOTH WORLD
In the Caribbean, ageing rum mostly occurs in American white oak barrels. This type of oak brings a rich vanilla flavor as well as gourmet coconut notes. American oak is also low in tannins which provide crucial structure and finesse. The hot humid climate of the Caribbean causes important Angels’ part evaporation through the timber walls of the cask amounting to 6% - 7% compared to the European climate which causes about 2.5%.
At Plantation, we believe tropical ageing is interesting especially for the first few years. American oak bourbon barrels bring rich and aromatic trans-whisky lactone.
Also the Angels’ part releases volatile and aggressive fumes. If this ageing process is perfectly suitable for young rums, it can be slightly brutal for older more delicate rums.
Given such a hefty disappearance of the Angels’ part in the tropics, this ageing method is difficult to envision longer than fifteen years per batch.
After a few years in the Caribbean, the rum is then transported to the Chateau de Bonbonnet in the heart of Charentes, France where its continental nurturing begins in our own French oak casks. Here the rum is given structure and finesse that shapes its character. It is the French oak that provides the necessary delicate tannins and perfect blend. The complimentary climates, techniques and oak woods all combine to give Plantation its unique and exceptional character. This double ageing process began with the great rums of the Caribbean brought by ship to mature in France during the seventeenth to the nineteenth century.