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One of my favorites, very sweet and a very distinct flavor of coconut. Simply really smooth and enjoyable straight up.

As far as I can see this is the same as the "Plantation XO 20th Anniversary" found on this site, so I'm giving the same rating on both.

Over a year ago I reviewed Plantation XO from Barbados. I was excited when I found it at a big liquor warehouse. But it was a different bottle and different experience. Sill a very good rum. But not as I reviewed in 2015. Until now I hadn't realized the bottle that showed up in my review cabinet was not what I had reviewed.

I'm posting a photo showing both bottles. I'm still not sure what the difference is? Both are 20th anniversary edition. Both are XO but no specific age. Both are Barbados rum. Reading all the reviews of both bottles, it appears that many reviews 'may' be posted under the incorrect bottle design. There's no way to know it, unless you really study the bottle but the details are the same. If anyone has addressed this I haven't seen it. I'll probably start a new forum thread in search of an explanation.

The rum I Prefer and gave a 9 to is the shorter, squater bottle without the string/rope mesh around the bottle.

The bottle with the mesh is slightly less sweet. It is darker, than the honey gold of the shorter bottle. It doesn't have as much complexity. It's still a decent sipper but falls short of great.

Here's my original review. It is for the shorter, squater, empty:-( bottle on the left.

This is a very complex rum. It's not overly sweet and through the aging process used it does share some characteristics of Cognac. There is a fair amount of oak for a rum. Vanilla, caramel and I think I'm picking up coconut and even chocolate. There's no burn and a long finish. If you're going to spend the money know your rums or you won't appreciate this as much as it deserves!


Smooth, warm and delicious! Exceptional value. Great neat or an ice cube.

Best sweet rum so far, better than diplomatico reserva in my opinion.

Süsse: 8/10
Würze: 8/10
Frucht: 7/10
Milde: 9/10

Picked this beauty up while in Barbados a couple of months ago. Not sure I have ever sampled a rum aged in french wine casks.

In a word, decadent. Insanely smooth from start to finish, not chewy as sweeter rums can be and not gaggingly dry. This belongs on the same shelf with the world's greatest digestifs. I will weep win this bottle is no more.

I love Plantation Rums. And this one is by far the best one. It's smooth and sweet and it's so tasty. I could have one right now. I tried more expensive Rums, but they weren't as good as the XO.

I love Plantation Rums. This rum has great rummy taste, caramel, vanilla in body and finishes nice. For price I tend to drink Diplomatico Reserva Exclusive, Ron Zacapa Solera and Rumson's Grand Reserve more. I prefer them a bit more and half the price, but this rum is still fantastic. I also love the 5 year old Barbados version for a great deal.

Perfekt! Der ganze Geruch und Geschmack der Karibik in einem Glas Rum!

A very easy and sweet rum: ripe fruit and coconut, with some vanilla. One of my favourites!

Heel lekker, zacht, prefect na een zware maaltijd. De ideale afsluiter.

This rum is just perfect for me, its is smooth, sweet, with almost no burn. It beats appleton estate, wich is much more expensive. Really good sipping rum!!

A nice flavor. Not too overpowering. Not much of a aftertaste


I have tried quite some rums, I have done several bigger rum tastings, I do compare rums just for fun during evenings, if the atmosphere is right and still this one never let me down. It is so full of aromas, nosing is extremely pleasant, taste is smooth, there is such a nice feeling in the throat and the the warmth... its the best Plantation for me and the best rum overall!

Note: I did not want to rate 10, but it serves me as a fixed standard to rate other rums... and I look forward to the moment, when I will find a new standard or at least a brother for the 10 rating.

Rigtig god rom, tilpas med sødme og ikke alt for meget abrikos - bliver til en rigtig god Cuba libre

this is on of my favorite rums and totally worth the money! lots of vanilla flavor which I love! a must try rum!

Not the vanilla taste but coconut.
Not to sweet and smooth enough.
I like it

Very sweet! You can really taste the banana and coconut. Well crafted but I'm not sure I like the overly sweetness.

Nice balance, great sipper. Coconut, caramel & coffee. Great value.

80 proof, no ice sip test
Medium sugar and light coconut nose, gold color, no smokiness, mild in mouth flavors.
Left a bitter upper palate aftertaste, hence the lower rating.
Nose continued in glass long after emptying, a rum characteristic I favor.
If you are a dark rum fan, this lacks the heavier essences.

Had a taste of this at a friends house - smooth, easy drinking and very well balanced - will pick one up if i get chance.

A great rum in a Cuba Libre but to heavy on the caramel for my taste to have neat.

Sweetness and coconut is not enough in my book to make a good rum and I find little else in this rum - except alcohol

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