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Brought back to Oz from my trip back to the UK , along with 5 other rums you cant buy here. The info on the bottle sounds alot like Plantation 20 XO so for a measly 20 quid on special at Marks & Sparks it was worth a go..
Definitely more astrigent upon opening so I left it in the glass for a good 15 mins. Eventually I found the fruity aroma of the Plantation and even the toasted coconut..
It sipped ok but an ice cube helped mellow this youngish ? spirit.
Bit of a bite and the caramel and sugar on the label was duly noted ! Overall a very good rum but a bit short on the "original"
If living in the UK buy yourself a bottle , great taste , great value.
This house brand of the premium supermarket Marks & Spencer caught my eye as the shelf label mentioned C. Ferrand. Could this be a house brand version of the lovely Plantation XO? I had to find out.
Details are vague on the origin of this rum. Some make reference that this is from Foursquare (always good). Others mentions that this is Plantation Barbados 5yo. I happened to have some Plantation XO and the Barbados 5yo (although both had been open for a few months) left so a tasting session was in order.
Having poured a dram of each the M&S & Plantation XO are almost identical in colouring. So good old caramel colouring which the label on the M&S does make mention of as well as sugar as an ingredient (thumbs up there although no mention of the amount) . The Barbados 5yo is slightly lighter in colour to the other two. Further similarity pretty much ends here.
The aroma of the M&S XO is a bit closer to the Plantation XO than 5yo but is definitely sweeter. Notes of sweet vanilla, caramel but overall lacks complexity. Taste compares similarly to the aroma with sweet, some spice and strong oak but overall does disappear quickly though.
“Luckily” (or not) it doesn’t come near the Plantation XO (but this is more than twice the price) in both flavour & aroma nevertheless for the price point this is an excellent supermarket branded rum which is great as both a sipper and mixer.
Would I buy it again… probably not as for a few quid more you are in the realms of RL Seale 10 yr old.
From the nose and the fact it’s from M&S I’d guess this rum is produced by Plantation. It’s nicely sweet, has a mouth of caramel and orange and is reasonably smooth. More than good enough to sip.
I have got nearly only good things to say about his rum, so let's get the one slight negative over with quickly....it's maybe just slightly too sweet.
I believe that there is roughly 20g of sugar in it. I haven't got an issue with adding sugar (or caramel or anything else for that matter) as long as the bottlers tell us on the label - rum has a very long history of having things added to it and often for the better. Like beer, rather than whisky, it thrives on huge rather than middling or small variation. Halleluljah for that!
I love the smell of this, the taste, aftertaste etc, but after I get past sipping around 3 or 4cl, I feel myself thinking, "hmm, it's getting just a little bit syruppy now. I wish it has only 15g of sugar." The sweetness suits it, but personally a little less would be even better.
But that's it - other than that, this is fab. It's clearly good rum at a wonderful price. The bottle's nice, even if the label is a tad dull. It tastes like a lot of people would imagine rum to be - it's warm, sweet, smooth and has that caramelly-slightly woody-hint-of-vanilla-hint-of-caribbean-spices taste that the mid's eye associates with rum. It has an alcoholic kick too - but not too much to put anyone off. You could serve this to anyone wanting to try rum and there's a high chance they'd be sold on it...
What more do you want - go grab a bottle!
Finally, is it as good as somehting £10-15 more expensive? No....not if you buy wisely. It hasn't got the complexity of something like El Dorado 12. But for the price, this is great.
Koupil jsem v akci za cca 450 Kc, vzal jsem si rovnou 2 kusy. Chut je hodne podobny k Plantation XO. Vune je prijemna.
I am pretty sure that this is just a rebranded version of their previous Bajan rum, with labelling being similar to the Guyanese and Jamaican rums that they released. Overly sweet, and somewhat unbalanced, although I can't quite work out whether is now has more cognac notes on it. I do feel that it would be better to cut out the sugar, but Ch Ferrand does like to sweeten their rums.
TBH there aren't that many traits that I would associate as a rum. If it didn't say rum on the label, then I might not even consider it to be one due to the sugar masking the fruit.
It struck me this evening why I give it a 7 rather than something lower (which it really should have). It is very easy to drink and tonight I am in the mood to have a rum (of sorts!) that isn't going to test the taste-buds. I find myself reaching for this by default whenever I have it in the cupboard. Therefore it has a certain "je ne sais quoi" about it.
I seem to have finished my bottle pretty quickly and got another one. I am ever more convinced that it is a rebranded M&S Bajan rum of old.
It’s not clear to me whether this is a repackaged version of M&S’s Bajan Estate XO, or a new blend. It smells similar, and certainly continues to be Plantation in disguise: I bought a bottle today (reduced to £20), and it scanned as ‘Ferrand Caribbean Plantation.’
Whether it’s the exact same blend of not, it smells amazing (I think this may be the cognac barrels), and is great with lime and sugar. There is subtlety to enjoy here, some of which can be lost with bolder mixers; so best enjoyed relatively unadulterated, where that amazing smell can really be appreciated. An excellent rum, and well worth the price.
M&S own label Barbados rum.
Double matured with a second round in ex-cognac barrel, giving it a strong Vanilla note.
A bit more restrained than Botucal/Diplomatico but 2/3 the price.
It's smooth, sweet (3/5) and user friendly, but a sweetened blend with average character.
When reading up about this rum plantation came up a lot , due to the similar flavour profile , however the fatrumpirate had it confirmed that's it definitely not from plantation ...
It's woody and dry , not a great r hit drinkable on ice ...for the price you can get a decnet bottle to drink on ice but it's passable as a sipping rum , you can certainly taster the oak from the barrel and not much else ... Simple rum but ok
Enjoyed a bottle of Marks & Spencer Twin Barrel Aged XO Bajan Estate Rum while vacationing in Malta. Very nice and fresh bottle and label design. Light brown color, darker than golden. Reasonably priced at EUR 37 a bottle. My very first experience with Marks & Spencer distributed rum. Super dry and plenty of woodiness to both nose and palate. Quite a burn at the end. Add 2 points if you like your rums dry and woody. Not my cup of tea.
Barbados never disappoints for rum. Kudos to Marks & Spencer’s for stocking this. Great mixer, good sipper.
What a star purchase, was online purchasing the M&S 10yr Guyanese single estate and this was on special at under £20 yes less than £20 a bottle and it's worth so much more. Read the other reviews and glad I did as and I have to agree it's is really good value. Yes it had added sugar and colour, which it states on the label, it's honest but equally bloody good. Smooth, rich, lovely nose, stands on its own against rums that are £10 plus more expensive. Fine (even good) as a sipping rum, but fab as a mixing rum with ginger ale and a slice of lime.
Buy a bottle take a chance, I usually prefer sweet notes on my rums (El Dorado, Abuelo, Pampero, Plantation etc) and this one is much of that ilk. Am now off to see if its still on special, if not still only £24 a bottle.
It tastes great on its own. Smooth and kinda sweet.
Just about good enough to drink neat. Very good value when on offer in M&S. Worth a try definitely
Another nice rum from Marks and Spencer not had a bad one yet
For a "supermarket rum" this has to be by far the best I have found so far.
Vanilla, caramel and so easy to drink. It's very light colour tells you it's not going to be overly sweet.
If anyone can recommend a "better supermarket rum", then please do.
All in all a great rum for the price.
This rum is very easy to drink on it's own. It's got a very smooth taste.
Lovely flavours, nice and smooth. Nice to sip, you can tell its a step above most supermarket offerings
I find the aroma of this rum misleading as it smells very dull. Upon tasting however it explodes in the mouth with an initial sweet vanilla and caramel hit. The rum then makes the tongue and tonsils tingle before leaving you with a warm liquorice after taste. I'm not an expert but the flavours in rums always seem better when sipped neat and at room temp rather than over ice which can make the rum rather harsh. Love this and the price is very reasonable.
In a different bottle for M&S.
Very very easy to drink. If the rum is from Foursquare then always a good start. I'm currently awaiting feedback from Plantation
The bottling of this rum makes you question it's worth as it is nothing special.
When you pour this into your glass it smells sweet and tropical. This rum has a good nose it invites you yo smell it.
When sipping it you're greeted with a sweet carmel like taste. You can taste the subtle oak taste but the sweetness has a nice balance. This rum can be enjoyed best straight with out ice. It will have cognac lovers questioning if it is a cognac but it is a rum and a damn good one too.
I have jusy finished my bottle I may get another bottle or two and keep them in stock as this is a good rum forits price.