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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!
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.
Smooth, warm and delicious! Exceptional value. Great neat or an ice cube.
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.
Best sweet rum so far, better than diplomatico reserva in my opinion.
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!!
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.
A good sipper, but very sweet. Not sure this will be a go-to rum for me, but I'll dutifully finish off the bottle and keep searching for something that comes close to Pampero.
Very nice and smooth but I don't think that it's worth the high price. There are cheaper rums that are just as nice.
A warm and gentle rum, very smooth and a rich flavour. Great at any moment!
I purchased this awhile back in the old style decanter style, then recently, bought it again thinking it was a different kind of XO20. Realized it was a different type of snazzy bottle style. I an not disappointed, in fact glad to have the exceptional rum in two very distinct bottle! Flavorful, on the sweet side and very smooth.
Once you start very hard to stop, the coconut and banana essence makes it a very affordable yet fancy drink . A must keep on the shelf when a rhum drinker
Following RumRunner's ratings I have the taller bottle with the wooden capped stopper
Wonderfully smooth with no afterburn - great drink for chilling out
Even if you've never been there I think that this rum will awaken something ancient and primordial in your soul, some forgotten memory of pineapples, coconuts, swaying trees, white sand beaches, and beautiful women laughing and smiling in the sunset. This is a very good rum, if not a great rum, that I think will appeal to a wide variety of drinkers, those who like it neat (myself) as well as mixed.
Dufter godt. Smager godt. Generelt en super lækker sød rom
This bottles costed me almost 60 euros but so far nothing in this taste is rememberable. Notging wrong with the taste but certainly norhing special. Just drank my 3rd glass. Price/quality for me would be ok it it was 25 euros
As a newbee into the world of rum, this one fits my taste just perfect, and i love the aroma too!
Very nice Barbados rum. Excellent for nice moments and relaxing time