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Plantation XO 20th Anniversary rum is a combination of pot-stilled and column-stilled Barbadian rums that are initially aged in the Caribbean in ex-bourbon casks for 12-20 years. They are then transported to France for a second 12-18 months aging in small French oak casks.
The first bottle of Plantation XO 20th Anniversary was created for the head of Cognac Ferrand Estate Alexandre Gabriel to honor his 20th year running the company. This special gift has resulted in the bottling we see today.
Plantation has easily the most consciousness marketing department that existed. All the way from the box to the bottle no corners were cut. I could write a mile long summary on that alone but that's not why we are here. Opening the bottle and sniffing it gives you a bunch of wonderful hints, first the cask then some coconut, spices (maybe cinnamon) and a very nice sugar smell. In the glass its a very dark amber, tasting it neat is a very warming rum, extremely well balanced. The coconut is a unique surprise that i'm not used to in aged rums and it makes a very nice addition to the collection. Noting its balanced you get hints of chocolate (probably dark chocolate), oak cask, alcohol,the coconut and vanilla. The coconut after taste lingers for a long time. In cola its good but not as good as straight up. Since its balanced the cola kills some of its unique hints, still very good however. I can see this bottle being a mega hit at a holiday party.
8.5 on rum and .5 bonus points on packaging/bottle.
In this crazy world of rum it is easy to be misguided by the number printed on some of these bottles, so let this be said. This rum is not 20 years old, but that doesn´t mean that it is bad.
Nose: Caramel, vanilla and a hint of fried bananas
Taste: Thick and sweet with caramel, vanilla and a hint of orange peel. Short and thin aftertaste
Overall: This rum is on the sweeter side, but it still holds up well against other rums in that category. It fills the mouth, but leaves soon after swallowing, which hurts the rating a bit
Well over 1,900 aged dark rums enjoyed and Plantation XO 20th Anniversary is easily on my Top 5 list after 15 years. It is sublime, super smooth, no burn at all and contains plenty of amazing flavors. If you haven't tried yet Plantation XO 20th Anniversary, go quickly and get a bottle since it will set a brand new benchmark for your personal rum list.
Nose: Hints of spicy oak on the nose with guava, plenty of coconut and dried banana.
Palate: Spiced, creamy palate entry, with sweet vanilla notes and a lot of caramel.
Finish: Caramel. Toasted oak. Caramel.
This far, this rum is simply the BEST! At it's price point, presentation, color, nose, smoothness... It stands as a legitimate contender as among the best money can buy! This is a pure sipping rum that you should not dare water down. Maybe one ice cube just for temperature sake (I like my spirits on the cooler side). Creamy, vanilla, honey, nuts, fruit, it is all there. And just epic smooth!
This is a nice rum for beginners. it hit a good spot on sweetness and vanilla. Beautiful bottle and overall presentation too. Wish it had been allowed to stand on its own without so much sugar though,
edited to add sugar test results- 29g
The first smell was amazing, sweet with molasses and brown sugar. The taste is similar, with a great drawn out and slightly spicy initial punch turning into a long sweet finish that's just the right amount of oil.
This is close to perfection. A perfect marriage of a touch of sweetness with wonderful complexity and unique character. The color? Deserving of a place in the best Caribbean island sunsets. The aroma? Enticing in all the right ways.
The taste? It opens up with everything you expect from a premium sipping rum, and then goes on to top that by giving a light and pleasant toasted coconut flavor for miles and miles on the finish. This rum has the most finish and best mouthfeel I’ve had the pleasure of sipping this far.
While I have yet to find anything that is this delicious and unique yet, I gave it a 9 with hope that some of the really premium stuff out there I have not yet tried may still be better yet. Hard to imagine though.
This is tops and should be in every rum lovers collection. Hell, even if the rum was average, that bottle screams out pure rum awesomeness.
A smooth, sipping rum with a flavor that is more coconut forward than most. Still, sweet, delicious, and a great value!
Plantation has a few really good bottles, but in my opinion this isn't one of them. As is the Plantation way, they have taken a rum, this time from Barbados, and added a lot of sugar. At the $40-$50 price, there are just far better rums ... Especially Barbados rums.
Damn near perfect. One of the finest rums I've ever had the pleasure of enjoying, fantastic sipper. A wonderfully balanced rum with just the right amount of sweetness and thick caramel finish.
So it's sweet vanilla banana with toasted coconut. That's what's up. And cane sugar 🤔
Way better than expected for some one who genert finds Barbados rumb bit dull.
Tones of amandel and anijs. Sweet and fresh. Real tastebomb. Love it
I wrote a much longer description but it kicked me off before I could submit it. Not doing that again. I will just say this... this is my new favorite rum and it will be hard to top for me. The perfect combination of complexity and hint of sweetness.
I picked up a bottle off of the reviews I saw on here and I have to say, they were spot on by giving this such a high rating! So after being a fine Scotch drinker for so many years and then being introduced to fine Rums from a buddy of mine, I’ve really come to appreciate the flavors in my drinks. I picked up Caramel, Vanilla, and it has a slight spice to it. The color is beautiful and there’s very little burn on the way down. I highly suggest trying it if you haven’t! This bottle was actually my gateway to Platantion Rums and I’ve been pretty impressed with all of them that I’ve tried to date for the money!
Those who are against adding sugar to rum post-distillation will be the ones that don't fancy Plantation XO. If you appreciate when a distillery does so with good taste and finesse, then you will more than likely find this to be an exceptional tasting. Have it neat, with a little water or ice, or in an old-fashioned. Lots of tropical fruit notes and a rich, caramelized depth. Baja style taken under French influence for blending and bottling (they traditionally add sugar when they bottle cognac).
When I first tasted this one, I was very tired after a long day and not really able to appreciate how good this rum is. Following the reviews, I decided to get a bottle anyway and what a great decision this has been!
This is different to any other rums I tried so far yet so nice. Coconut is really obvious in both, smell and taste. Very, smooth with a great finish and a pleasant aftertaste.
The bottle design makes it a great present and the content won't disappoint either.
Was considering a 10 but am keeping it for later as I haven't had a chance to try some of the top rated rums yet. This is nevertheless my new best alongside the Presidente 19Y.
I like it, it has a good flavor and you can appreciate so much the sugar! it is one of my favorite Rum.
Surprising harshness and burn for an XO rum, disappointing
Nice caramel nose. Maybe a quick initial alcohol bite but quickly moves to a smooth mid and finishing taste. Light caramel vanilla flavor with varying degrees of coconut influence at different tastings. I can see where some would gravitate to it but I prefer the Diplomatico Reserva Oder it and feel both are outclassed by the Ron Centenario 25
Veľká, mohutná, ťažká fľaša poctivého a dobre vyváženého rumu. Pochádza z Barbadosu a je namiešaný zo zmesí rumov starých 12-20 rokov. V pohári zlatistá až mahagónová farba, po pár minútach sa rozvinú tóny kakaa, vanilky, pomarančov, medovice. Veľmi vyvážená voňa, každý si v nej nájde niečo svoje, či už sladšie, alebo korenistejšie. Jedna z najlepších rumových aróm. U mňa za vôňu 9,5 boda. Chuť je tak isto komplexná, veľmi hladký rum s kratším chvostom. Pri prvom kontakte na jazyku zacítite jeho sladkosť, potom sa rozvinú korenistejšie chute a na záver môžete zacítiť aj dubový súdok. Takto by mal podľa mňa chutiť dobrý aged rum a podľa neho by sa mohli porovnávať kvality ostatných rumov. Výborná voľba. Prudko odporúčam.
Maybe on the sweet side, but very smooth. One of my favorites. Loving it!
Change in bottle design but still the same great quality you would expect from the Plantation fine line of rums. Very flavorful and complex without the burn or syrupy cough medicine taste. Pleasing on the palate a sensational rum to enjoy neat!
Should not be without this rum in your collection!
Sampled Plantation XO 20th anniversary Rum eventhough I knew it was a sweet Rum. It is definitely a nice sipping rum but it is simply too sweet for me, hence my rating of 4.
In my opinion this is the Perfect Rum! The color, the taste, the sweetness and the last feeling you remain after you swallow it are simply perfect. I compare all other rums to this smooth, yet full bodied spirit. Every rum enthusiast must try this beautiful Dyonisiac marvel at least once.
Complex, variable, and smooth. These are the words to describe this incredible rum. Each sip you taste is a different experience. Vanilla, fruits, caramel, and plenty other flavors to describe. The initial taste is simple, but let the palette take in all of the characters of the rum and it'll take you for a ride. Enjoy each sip as it is your last because this rum is top notch.