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A superb-looking decanter bottle of XO rum from Barbados, aged in bourbon barrels before being shipped to France for a secondary maturation in Cognac Casks from the Ferrand house... The result was awarded 94 points from the Beverage Testing Institute.
Nose: Hints of spicy oak on the nose, with guava, a little desiccated coconut and dried banana. Buttery.
Palate: Spiced, creamy palate entry, with sweet vanilla notes and caramel. Oaky spices.
Finish: Caramel. Toasted oak.
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I'd never really been a rum drinker before, my only real experience being lambs navy rum or Bacardi. But after trying a sample of this I was blown away by how much different this stuff could be. I had to have a bottle & this is worth every penny. Talk about complex, you definitely get the vanilla and banana coming through strongly on the palate, with just a hint of the bourbon without overpowering any other flavours. I'm Definitely converted and every time I taste this It amazes me. Truly sublime.
30th May 2016
i'm no expert but having tried a few in the Plantation range I thought this was incredible. My last bottle by these guys was finished in an Ice Wine cask, which gave it a whisky flavour. To be honest, I found it disappointing, this however was fantastic. Just looking through past reviews I can understand why someone said the vanilla did almost taste artificial but I liked the comment from the guy who said he would use this to introduce rum to non rum enthusiasts. All in all, at the price a really good spirit
28th May 2016
I'm really in shock with this rum, this thing is amazing! sweet, banana, chocolate cake
22nd April 2016
I've always been into french limousine maturation. And the Plantatiom XO 20th anniversary will probably be the most exuberant Rum you'll ever experience. The bourbon maturation and french oak maturation really give this Rum a completely different character than other Rums like Ron Zacapa 23yr, Zaya, Zafra, Dos Maderas PX 5+5, and Santa Teresa 1796(25yr solera blend). I fell in love with Dos Maderas 2015, and now I can no longer decide which is my favorite. Although, I find myself sipping on Plantation XO often. The Cognac notes from the French oak balances the sweetness from the bourbon casks, giving this rum a complex finish. If your palate wishes to explore the history of this Rum, I strongly suggest you pick it up. This will be that "I want to try something new" that becomes a venerable staple on your private bar. 5/5
1st April 2016
Bought this as a treat and to sample something different. Figured it would end up as a high quality mix, like when I buy El Dorado 15. But after sipping the first shot straight, this will never see any mix. Delicious, tame on the tongue, heat after that. Sweetness is different than most rums I've had, more from fruit than from dark sugars. I'm a surprised fan. Now I need to grab my El Dorado 12 for mixing.
21st March 2016
After trying Mutiple of different Dark Rums, this one is absolutely my favorite one!very smooth...!
5th March 2016
very smooth lovely aftertaste already added 2 more bottles to the cart
23rd January 2016
I certainly enjoyed this rum with its toasted caramel and toffee overtones. I do feel it is a bit warmer/hotter than the Zacapa 23 which is my absolute favorite sipping spirit. Just what we need here in the "Great White North" (aka Canada) on those frosty Saturday afternoons by the fire!!
11th January 2016
Lot of expectations yet a lot of artificial vanilla and spice, no body, and quite frankly a ok mixer, I am shocked price/value is long gone and rum reviewers still praise this rum. Maybe it's just me...
26th December 2015
18th December 2015
Best rum I have ever tasted! Very smooth, a little sweet with very little oaky taste. Perfect!
12th December 2015
Tried it several times; latest right after a superlative La Favorite Cuvee Privilege (a 35 year old rhum agricole from a family-owned distillery in Martinique with extraordinary complexity and length). It's a sweet rum with very strong notes of burnt caramel in the nose, think top of creme brulee (strong enough to be detected by a non drinker next to me). Smooth in the mouth, with a taste again reminiscent of creme brulee caramel with that sweet-bitter touch. The other dominant note was overwhelmingly coconut in the nose as it disappeared down my throat. So sweet it almost reminded me of limoncello. Simple and to the point, well balanced, very enjoyable as a dessert or in replacement thereof. Probably the perfect after dinner spirit for non-rum-enthusiasts as well. Oddly enough I think the other Plantation Barbados (5 year?) might be more interesting, although a little less balanced and harsher; more salted caramel, less burnt, and the coconut comes earlier.
20th April 2015
too bad i finished already the nelsons blood since it was my clear favourite until now... would love to have being able to compare as this now tastes like heaven. maybe the best?
15th April 2015
I love this rum. I'm a malt whisky drinker, but Drambusters Whisky club Dumfries - Scotland) do the occasional rum tastings. I didn't try this one there, but helped by my father and brother being rum drinkers I now really have the taste for rum. I've tried quite a few now, and my wife shelled out for this on my birthday. Three months on, I'm nearly finished the bottle (I eak my bottles out as usually have a few on the go). I would definitely pay the higher than dual cost to get tho saga in. Worth every penny. Great on it's own, over ice or with coke. Also tried with ginger beer. Hints of vanilla dn coconut, fruit and very smooth. Superb.
28th December 2014
Quite possibly one of my top favourites. Bought the first edition with the decanter style bottle and now have the new version bottle as well. Very smooth, like liquid gold. If you like toffe and vanilla this is the one for you.
14th July 2014
super smooth with a taste of vanilla (very subtle
14th May 2014
it`S a very smooth ,creamy , fruty and with a hint of vanillia simply owsome
4th May 2013
Bought this a few months back. A very tasty sipping rum. Smooth and drinkable, lots of caramel and vanilla. Overall a great rum to start of with!
22nd March 2013
Wasnt a huge fan of rum before. Think "bacardi & coke" and thats me... now I have to stop myself from buying this or I might get seriously addicted. Nothing better out there imo. Even beats my Macallan 18yo as a nightcap.
19th March 2013