Plantation’s 20th Anniversary Extra Old Rum is the jewel of the Plantation Rum lineup. It’s a blend of Barbados rums from some of the company’s earliest reserves, which are then matured in used Cognac casks for another 12 to 18 months before bottling.
The double aging results in a rum that’s incredibly flavorful. Signature rum aromas like vanilla and molasses mingle with dried fruit notes imparted by the Cognac barrels. Flavors range from vanilla and sugarcane to candied orange, cinnamon, banana and cocoa. The Plantation 20th Anniversary XO is very round and full on the palate, almost chewy, and it finishes with long hits of oaky vanilla that move toward dry baking spices at the very end.
Plantation Rum falls under the Cognac Ferrand umbrella. Easy access to Cognac barrels made this double maturation process a natural fit. The Plantation 20th Anniversary XO is a good example of the synergy obtained from aging spirits in complementary casks. The Cognac’s fruit and spice notes marry well with the sweet and creamy Caribbean rum.
And priced around $40, it’s quite a value.
– 40% Alcohol by Volume
CE Rating: ★★★★