We tasted six Plantation rums in an ambitious blind tasting at Smuggler’s Cove in San Francisco. As geeky as it is to stand at a bar and take tasting notes with a notebook, it’s… kinda fun. Mostly, I figure everyone’s too drunk to care what we’re doing anyway.
The notes and scores were taken independently in our separate notebooks before we compared and did the big reveal.
Like the Plantation Barbados, the Guatemalan expression is finished in Amburana, a South American wood. The dosage was also relatively light, at 8 g/L.
Plantation Single Cask 2 Guatemala XO Review
- Score - 7/107/10
Nose: Very light nose. If you search, lemon sherbet, sorbet, clementine, oranges, lightly woody, butter, brown sugar. Palate: Bright vanilla and citrus. Violently grape, vanilla throat lozenges, pop of heat in the middle. Tokyo gas station style grape candy, banana chews, runts and coconut. Finish: Tingly, effervescent finish.
- ABV: 50%
- From Destiladora de Alcoholes y Rone: what an original name!
- Dosage: 8 g/l
- Esters 50 g/hL AA
- Aged several years in ex-Bourbon casks in the tropics.
- Aged 1 year in PF Cognac casks
- 6 months in Amburana casks
- Alexandre Gabriel is the president and owner of Maison Ferrand and was also the originator of their rum line (Plantation).
- Plantation tend to age spirit in the tropics before returning it to France for cask finishing. They often incorporate some interesting finishes like Cognac casks.
- For Plantation, Alexandre spends several months of the year in the Caribbean sourcing rum from local producers to be sold under the Plantation label.