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Tasted a few times, last time in November at a Plantation event hosted by the brand Ambassador. The Plantation Guyana is always quite a surprise, especially in a "blind" (my Sommellerie teacher would say anonymous) tasting.
Produced by the huge Demerara Distillers Limited, it starts with an unusually long two weeks molasses fermentation. It is then distilled in a Vendome Pot still, aged in used bourbon cask for a few years locally and finished in Cognac cask back in France.
Result is intense, with some smoky even peated notes. At first it could easily be mistaken for a Scotch Whisky. Also some delicious fig, caramel and currants aromas. Dense mouth feel, cardamom and bitter orange flavours. Harmonious. Long finish on an apricot note.
According to the Plantation website: "Plantation Guyana is the only rum in the Plantation range to have sugar cane syrup as its raw material. From a long fermentation, then distilled in a Charente alambic pot still and finally aged in bourbon casks a fine balance is earned. Bottled at 45% it’s a “masterpiece of harmony and power” according to Paul Pacult in the Spirit Journal (April 2015)"
The 90 proof is definitely noticeable but I'll get to that in a moment.
I'm going to be brief over the first couple of items. Firstly, I like the aroma. It is rather intense with a slight floweriness to it. Almost honeysuckle. It is a rich amber hue with excellent legs.
An aside (please bear with me): I enjoy honey and I am fortunate enough to live in the region that produces the very rare Tupelo honey which is made during a very short season. I usually obtain my Tupelo honey from a couple of sources here in Florida (Apalachicola, FL and Wewahitchka, FL) and enjoy it throughout the year.
With that being said I would swear this rum has Tupelo honey in it. Almost like a Tupelo honey mead. There is ample woodiness to it and a marked pepperiness. A nice caramel undertone. The finish The 90 proof creates a solid, but not overwhelming, burn in the back of the throat. Still rather smooth. There is a sweetness to it that is clearly sugaring. I've had worse but I'd probably have given it a slightly higher rating if they hadn't sugared it so noticeably giving it a caramel candy undertone. But sugaring is the norm with Plantation rums. Sometimes it works and sometimes, like in this case, it doesn't work as well. I would love to sample this rum before the sugaring. Don't get me wrong, this is a good rum but IMHO probably could have been better.
Overall, it's a good sipping rum. Something different to try.
Very nice petrol notes on the nose and on the palate.
Some youth is noticeable but its not bothersome.
As the glass sits (or my mouth numbs), a lingering syrup taste gradually dominates the palate... A plantation signature it seems.
A potent and lovely amber colored rum. The nose is slightly smokey, almost peated, alongside notes of eucalyptus, rock sugar, rubber and green bananas.
It's spicy in the mouth. Starts of with a slight sweetness, like dissolved sugar or honey, transitioning into menthol, rubber and somewhat smokey oak, with a bittersweet, tingling quality, almost like chili oil.
A special and enjoyable medium bodied rum that feel's a little "untamed". Depends on the mood.
Color: Old gold
Fresh and clean with typical Demerara aromas. Slightly medicinal and peaty. Smells like pineapple, aniseed, cleaning agent, and suede.Furthermore I smell peppermint and licorice.
Wow, this one is tasty! Appears to be only slightly sweetened and less sweet than other Plantation Rums that I had before. Spicy and bold with a lot of power. The alcohol is quite obvious as well. Tastes like aniseed, white pepper, licorice and leather. Slight soapy with peppermint and mirabelle aromas in the background.
Long and still dominated by spicy aniseed, pepper and licorice with a slightly metallic aftertaste.
A very positive surprise! Recommended with with a very good value for money. Finally a Plantation Rum that I like. Maybe this is because it is the only Plantation Rum made of sugarcane juice instead of molasses.
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Nice bright bronze color with a nose on exotic fruits, citrus (orange) and honey. The mouth is warm, honey and pastry always on the citrus. A rather short finale.
Good compromise if you like the taste of agricole but want something less dry.
Very strong aroma and taste accompanied by strong tingeling feeling. Quite rough for my taste but very interesting.
I will admit that I like a lot of thr different variants of Plantaton, best is XO.
Molto buono. Forte concentrazione alcolica con grande finale cognacoso ma non agressivo come per St. Lucia 2004 Vintage Ed. e anche meno dolce che è positivo.
Alkohol: 45 %
Aroma: Až "ulepená" medová vůně, těžší styl, ale tato poloha je zároveň vyvážena kořenitou svěžestí. Nasládlá míza, čokoláda. Trochu připomíná agricole styl, ale ten se pak zase ztratí v koření a sladkosti. (88 b)
Chuť: Stejně jako ve vůni, i zde je sladkost vyvážena kořením, ale to už není v té svěží poloze. Počáteční sladkost přechází postupně do sušších dimenzí. Zase jemný závan agricole, ale jen tak zlehounka. (86 b)
Shrnutí: Ochutnal jsem díky českolipskému podniku Kavárna/bar Kocour, kde jsem zakoupil 60 ml vzorky pro další společnou degustaci v Hořicích u josého. Zároveň jsme tento rum srovnávali přímo i s verzí Guyana 1999. Verze 2005 je ve vůni svěžejší, 1999 je těžší a květinovější. V chuti pak 1999 kokosovější. Zajímavé bylo, že verze 1999 se potřebovala ve sklence trochu nadechnout, a až po nějaké době se vůně více rozvinula, tedy hlavně byl cítit najednou kokos. Ve výsledku jsme s josém konstatovali, že rozdíly jsou u obou verzí patrné, každý je trochu jiný, ale v součtu jsou srovnatelně dobré.
..first tried it straight - just because it's expensive.. (moderately)..[I'm "poor"] ..felt oak.. I never smell oak.. my smell is fckd.. I don't like whiskey.. I know oak from Bacardi Oakenheart.. but had enough of it.. like long lost love.. this one is giood straight and with Pepsi.. it's a fine day.. suddenly..
This Plantation Gyanna 2005 has a nice and dark color. On the noze, first you know that it will not be the smoothest rum you have already tasted then after a while aromas appear. In the mouth, the taste of the alcohol and the burn are a little bit too present for me. Not my preferred rum from Plantation but most probably a good one for those who like dry and strong rums.
rhum très complexe au niveau du gout et de la senteur, j'adore les rhum de cette région. Au gout on ressent un mélange de cannelle, le bois, caramel, sucre brun (donc un rhum sucré). Assez complexe a d écrire, c est ce qui le rend spécial.
The El Dorado 12 and 15yo rums are tasty, albeit loaded with sugar. This batch, on the other hand, is nowhere near as complex or delicious and it's twice the price of the 12. Certainly not a bad sipper but it should be much better. And it shouldn't have any perfume overtones. It does.
It's okay, but it's not remotely among my favorites.
Jeg er og blive vild med Plantion serien! - Så må bare eje så mange jeg nu kan af dem (tegnebogen bestemmer) - Har kommet til at købe dobblet op af en anden, så den skal liiiiiige smages først (Barabados 20 XO)