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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.
The first taste was surprise for me. Stronger than expected, still in my hall of fame.
Sweet scent, semi sweet taste. I can clearly taste vanilla but its not overwhelming. The whole rum is very well balanced and smooth. Maybe the best sipping rum out there.
What a great, straight rum. Light and little sweet, as I prefer it. Great taste.
This is one of my favorites, it's a good price and it's just amazing. For summer days, for winter nights it just tastes great whenever you drink it.. I am truly a fan of this one! Please don't mix this one, it needs to be enjoyed on its own with 2 cubes of ice..
Rhum sucré et fruité un must have.excellent rapport qualité prix avec ce XO
One of the most complex rum ever tried.
For smell and taste: vanilla, coconut and oak spices (as far as I can recognize).
Long and fine aftertaste, double ageing is amazing work.
No alcohol burn but with a good structure. Not too sweet.
For the price, a must have...
Read some reviews and am amazed to read things like "oddball" and "not completely smooth" and can only say that after 4 bottles it is still a perfect 10, smooth, awsome nose and complex taste finishing of very but very smoothly
Men den smager jo overhovedet ikke grimt, jeg tror bare jeg havde forventet mere. Mere sød end andre fra plantation. Megen sødme, vanille og kokos i duft og smag.
The bottle is incredibly heavy and large and wrapped in raffia. It has a very thick glass bottom, nice printing and labels. The stopper is made of a plastic cork imitation with a huge wooden handle with an inserted brass plate. A little overshoot.
The copper-brown rum has a tempting sweet caramel and oak smell, which will not disappoint. It is quite sweet, tastes of toffee and caramel, with lots of wood and oak. Ripe fruits and some leather add to tihs in a pleasant combination, Maybe also some chocolate and vanilla. Uncommon is the subtle coconut taste, which is a great addition to the aforementioned aromas. It has a quite long after taste and, all in all, is a complex combination and a great sip.
Syrupy, rich and tangy. Odd, cloying liqueur taste can only be compared to the Plantation Original Dark. Apparently about 12 years old.
Really smoot rum, get notes of dark chocolate and butter. There is a dominant coconut flavour, however this does not bother me at all. Can imagine that after a few glasses in a row the coconut can become a bit unpleasant. For a long time this was one of my favourites rum, but now I don't find it that interesting anymore and a bit too sweet.
However its great to get familiar with good rums at a reasonable price point.
Faldt ved et tilfælde over denne fantastiske rom, som omgående blev min favorit.
This rum will ruin most other rums for you going forward. Tremendous flavor and body with a lasting finish. Has, in my opinion, best presentation when left to breath for a few minutes.
Reasonably smooth and on the sweet side. For the price a descent bottle.
This is a real good rum, good taste and not that expensive, get it if you see it.
Rhum sympathique, un peu trop sucré mais agréable à boire
A very interesting rum as one finds. Starting with cane juice aged in bourbon casks and finished in cognac barrels. Adding an interesting character vindictive of a good agricole rhum. Low heat with decent finishing notes.
Ein wunderbar weicher und harmonischer Rum aus der Plantation Serie.
+ long time spicy and caramel taste, color, vanilla and "XO" flavor
- maybe more expected for Anniversary Rum, for me unbalance flavor, too much "something"
Despite recommended rum
an easy to drink rum. With no real burn. Best enjoyed on the rocks but equally delicious with a splash of coke and slice of lime.
There is nothing negative that I can say about this rum. The packaging is awesome and flavors inside do not disappoint. I would definitely recommend this one to anyone looking for a great sipping rum under $60!
"Plantation" is quite well known, and so I thought, I might as well try one, too. Unfortunately, it doesn't live up to its fame.
It is excellent in the nose - vanilla and coconut dominating.
Coconut dominates in the palate first, too. But then there comes some burning kind of acid which kills the rest. No aftertaste, either.
So, it's ok for an evening with friends you want to introduce into rum. Or as a "digéstif", as the French call it. But it is no rum you would want to stay a whole evening with.
Mon rhum préféré à ce jour, très doux, goût de vanille assez fort, toutes les personnes à qui je l'ai fait gouté l'ont adoré.
Smooth, sweet, long aftertaste. I had a small sip of this rum and I very liked it. Price is not so pleasant, but I think, it is worth to pay. Definetly getting a bottle soon.