This review is from a set of reviews we did, blind tasting a line of single cask Plantation rums at Smugglers Cove. We only did the reveal of the rums after we had finished tasting through the line-up. We also independently wrote down tasting notes and scores; somewhat to our surprise, our notes and scores agreed very well (scores either exactly the same or off by a single point).
The Plantation Peru was finished in Pineau des Charentes, a regional French blend of lightly fermented grape must (a slightly alcoholic precursor to wine), mix with Cognac eau-de-vie.
Plantation Single Cask Peru 2010: Pineau des Charentes Finish
- Score - 7/107/10
Nose: Very light nose, sugar, butterscotch, salt, leather, saltine crackers, mahogany, oak, caramel, salt water taffy.
Palate: Light caramel with some citrus. Oily mouth feel.
Finish: Smooth, some dried wood here, slightly bitter, light tannins.
- ABV: 43.6% ABV
- Finished in Pineau des Charentes. Pineau des Charentes is made from either unfermented or lightly fermented grape juice blended with Cognac. It’s relatively uncommon outside of France (this is the first time I’ve ever encountered it.
- 7 years in bourbon.
- 1 year in Ferrand Cognac casks.
- 1 Year in Pineau des Charentes.
- Light (0 to .1% dosage). Some of the plantation lines are much heavier than this.
- Full fact sheet.
- Plantation is a French rum producer who bottle rums from a variety of Caribbean distilleries.
- They often transport rums back to France, and season rums in Cognac and in interesting casks.