On the first cool, rainy day of the season I went looking for a sipping rum which would remind me of the islands and warm my soul. High on the shelf was the Plantation Collection, vintage rums blended by Maison Ferrand, renowned for their exceptional cognacs. Each bottle, webbed in what appeared to be strands of sugar cane, hailed from a different island in the Caribbean. Jamaica, Grenada, Panama, Trinidad were all represented. But there was no question which island I wanted to be reminded of on this dreary day. I could not wait to share Plantation Barbados 2000 with Clint.
Plantation Rums are distilled in the Caribbean country in which the cane sugar is grown using both column and traditional pot stills. The rum is then aged in a combination of bourbon and sherry casks within the country. After aging for several years the casks are shipped to France and aged several more years in cognac casks. The final product is then bottled and distributed by Maison Ferrand.
After a bowl of chili, Clint and I settled in to dream of Barbados.
This rum has an extremely inviting golden hue. On the nose there is a hint of fruit but I’m smelling more of the sherry casks. I also get a strong alcohol note which leads me to wonder what it will do on the palate. On the tongue, the strong alcohol is gone and the sip is smooth and enjoyable. I get a very slight coconut hint mixed with other island fruits. The finish is smooth but dissipates quicker than I expect. My second sip, I hang on the rum a bit longer trying to reveal more. It is not meant to be.
I’m glad we decided to use the larger brandy sniffers so we can enjoy the full bouquet of the rum. The nose reminds me of the fruits of the island. Coconut and passionfruit with a hint of underripe mango. Not overly sweet though. The sip is exactly as the nose. Mild, simple and unpretentious. I get nothing more, nothing less. The finish is warm and comforting. There is not a lot going on with this rum but for me that is okay. On a rainy day in South Florida, the tropical hints take me back to my favorite sunny island..
Though we both enjoyed the rum, in our opinion is not worth the $42.00 price tag. Definitely heads above some of the $20.00 bottles we have tasted but not worth double.
Rating: 3.5 out of 5
Sipping Rum Scale
1 – An expensive mixer
2 – A quick celebratory shot
3 – Wouldn’t be embarrassed to share with friends
4 – Are my friends worthy of a sip
5 – Special moments rum
About Clint and Terry: We have sampled many a dram over our 32 years of marriage and quite often we don’t fully agree. Could be the difference is male/female taste buds. Or, somebody is just wrong.