— Plantation XO 20th ANNIVERSARY —
This extraordinary vintage was introduced to mark the 20 years tenure of Alexandre Gabriel as Master Blender for Plantation. An assemblage of fine rums 12 - 20 years old, all originating in Barbados, this is a wonderful reflexion of the island itself.
As with the other rums in the Plantation range, this exotic spirit is aged first in its original country, Barbados, and then benefits with further aging and nurturing in Cognac. Resting in casks originally used for Pierre Ferrand cognac, and meticulously nurtured by Cellar Master of Maison Ferrand, a unique expression is achieved using traditional local methods.
Alc./Vol. : 40%
Origin : Barbados
Raw material : Molasses
Fermentation : 3 to 5 days
Distillation : Pot Still & column
Tropical ageing : 8 to 10 years the rums used for XO are chosen for their structure with aromatic characteristics suited for intensive oak aging
Continental ageing, elevage : 2 to 10 years. This is a sophisticated blend of very old rums from Barbados that are finished in many different type of casks ranging from new white oak to bourbon cask as well as Cognac Casks each with different level of toasting.
The stunning flora/fruity opening aroma is transcendent, ethereal and intensely marshmallow-like; further time in the sampling glass of eight minutes releases additional fragrance of vanilla, cocoa and milk chocolate. Entry is cinnamon-like and gently sweet, as the sugary molasses taste turns very soft and chewy; mid-palate taste profile reminds me of holiday spice cake, rum-flavored chocolates and sugar cookies. Concludes medium-long, delicate and only mildly sweet. Three years on, the quality has remained as constant as the North Star.
Pault Pacult, ★★★★ Highly Recommended
Cigar recommendations from Jean-Marie Cornec
(Chairman of the jury of Rum Fest Awards, France, Chairman of several rum tasting and cigar clubs)
|Pairing Similarity (soft)||Cuba||San Cristobal de la Habana – El Principe – Minutos. Nice equilibrium strength vs aromas. Gingerbread, spices, woody overtones. Just the right punch.|
|Dominican Republic||Davidoff – Millennium blend– Petit Corona. Flavorful, woody introduction of wood on a fire. Opens up to wet earth aromas with a touch of caramel. Finishes with notes of licorice.|
|Pairing Opposites (strong)||Cuba||Partagas – Series ‘D’ – N° 4 – Robusto. Palate is aromatic with spices and wood. Dominant, nervous, full-bodied. Finish is leather and green pepper.|
|Pairing Complementary||Dominican Republic||Macanudo – Maduro –Robusto. Opening very woody, moves on to earthy, bestial leather notes. Passes to fresh oak moss and flowers. Finale holds up well.|