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Plantation Barbados 5-Year rum is distilled from molasses and aged 5 years in bourbon casks before being transported to France for further 'finishing' in Cognac casks.
Plantation rum is owned by the French company Cognac Ferrand, which was founded in 1989 and produces wine, gin, and other spirits to sell in over 40 countries. The Plantation range includes 7 vintages from different Caribbean countries and 3 blends of multiple regions.
If you don't feel like gambling upwards of $50 on the XO 20th, buy this first. If you like, get the 20th expecting it to be about 3x better.
This 5 year, however, need to apologize to no one. Well-crafted, sippable indulgence and broad appeal to anyone who might enjoy rums to the plus side of moderately sweet, without being a raging sugar bomb. Tropical fruit galore with subtle spice to balance...
Another in my 'stupid good' category.
This may not be the best rum if you look at quality.... but when you look at the price its easily the one with most value.
Mature and sweet notes combined.
This stays on the top of my bar and available at all times. It it one of my favorites and better than many of my rums that cost me 2-3 times the price. It might be closer to an 8 for most, but the price and the availability give it a nudge up in my book. Rare, expensive, limited edition rums should be expected to rate in the range.
You can drink it on the rocks if desired, but I find it a little under aged for that.....still far more drinkable in that mode than any bacardi or the like will EVER be.
I have spoiled so many people with this rum, once tasted in a fine rum and coke, you will never be able to go back to the big name brands ever again. Smooth and flavourful with harsh aftertaste. Fantastic price point and without a doubt the best mixer rum I've ever bought.....
Best rum and coke mixer with no guilt from mixing a higher priced alternative.
Perhaps one of the better rums in its price level. Sweet, but also with a bit of a alcohol bite. Still, nicely balanced.
I bought the big bottle to use this as my (home) well gold rum. Lovely in cocktails, and respectable enough neat. A good value.
This was a pleasant surprise, given to me by a fellow rum lover. If you loved the 20th anniversary edition as much as me, this is definitely worth a taste, at less than half the price. Its got that yummy coconut nose, and the hint of vanilla sweetness just like it's older brother. This is good for everyday sipping, and sharing, while the 20th anniversary you would save (hide) for special occasions/ special friends. Or just for yourself.
This is the perfect mixing rum. It's like the 2001 Barbados only lighter. When I mixed it with cola, its' flavours are all still present and very noticeable but don't overpower the drink (unless you over-pour).
Smell: Hot/Warm light butterscotch and banana,
same with the taste, but are very light flavours and a good warming finish on the back of the throat.
This rum is darn good. For price you can't beat it. I prefer to sip Zacapa Solera, Diplomatico Reserva Exclusive and Rumson's Grand Reserve, but anytime I am looking for something good and at a value this is it. I recommend this and Rumson's Grand Reserve rum more than any other rum's out there. Plantation for great taste and value and Rumson's Grand Reserve as just the best sipper I have had.
Like most of the other Plantation rums I have tried this is really quite good, especially for the price. Yet another rum from Barbados that I like, makes me think a trip there soon might be a good idea.
A very sweet and easy rum. No pronounced taste, but some banana, oak, smoke.
I bought this room once on vacation out of desperation. However I was not terribly disappointed. Not a bad rum for the price.
This is my favorite rum. Smooth and buttery and the price cant be beat. Far better than many rums costing much more.
Vanille, angenehm süß, weich, etwas Schokolade, aromatisch, gut ausgewogen. Für den Preis super! Ungefähr halb so teuer wie der XO 20th Anniversary, für den ich 9/10 gegeben habe.
a rum that will not disappoint you, really good for the price,
Similar to the slightly cheaper Grande Reserve this one has a gentle sweet taste but definitely a bit of spicy alcoholic taste when compared to the XO 20th Anniversary.
You will be able to taste vanilla and enjoy a very balanced rum that you can use for both mixing and sipping.
However, when I compare it to the Grande Reserve I am having a hard time justifying the slightly higher price point. Don't get me wrong: The rum is well worth it's money but it's cheaper sibling is so similar in taste that I probably won't buy it again.
Épicé, droit. Une finale sucrée/caramel (mais pas trop!) et une belle sensation de chaleur.
Bezcharakterni rum, vubec nic v nem clovek neciti... Neurazi, ale ani nenadchne. Ocenil bych plnejsi chut, ale jemny je s lehce trpcim dozvukem
Paid $18.99 in NYC. XO for me is the benchmark for a really good aged rum. To me this 5 year came very close, and for less than 1/2 the price of XO. Very smooth and nice flavor. I think when I find XO and 5YO on the liquor store shelf side by side, I'll pick the 5YO and save the XO for special occasions. It's that good.
Not as smooth as I was hoping compared to other things I have had in the plantation label.
This rum surprised me! Given that Mt. Gay Eclipse had long been my go-to mixing rum, I was expecting something similar. Serves me right to under-estimate Plantation. This Bajan rum is creamy and unbelievably smooth, with a strong aroma of banana accompanied by vanilla, butterscotch, and caramel. Still, it's definitely on the lighter side. It's also on the sweeter side, so keep this in mind when mixing. This (and its flavor profile) makes it ideal for adding to treats like milkshakes or coffee.
I'd give it a 7, but it's such a good value that I think it deserves a little extra. The Barbados 5-year could almost go head-to-head with the likes of RL Seale 10 and Zaya, which boast a similar profile but is decidedly a bit deeper and more refined.
Suffice it to say, I've got a new go-to gold/all-around mixer, with Doorly's (5, 8, or XO) and El Dorado 8 as alternate picks.
Ce seul nom suffit comme gage de qualité. Ça se boit tout seul
What can I say. Just another fine rum.
Don't be afraid to buy this baby, it almost always is going to work out.