Plantation Barbados 5 Year Old

Plantation Barbados5

Product of:  distilled on Barbados, finished in France
Aged:
  5 years
Price:
 $18-$20
Alcohol:
 40% ABV
Context:
 Premium Aged Rum
RG Rating: 8.5

Tasting Notes
Extremely Smooth.  Just looking at it in my glass, Plantation Barbados 5 glows like golden mahogany.  The rum looks polished, a testament to what a few years in two different kinds of oak and careful handling can do to a sugarcane-based spirit.  The bouquet brings sweet vanilla, then molasses and some underlying heady pot still aromas lend structure to the complex aromas.  Only slightly less apparent are brown sugar, a definite but mild cognac edge, followed by subtle hints of tropical fruit (mango), coconut and spice (cinnamon, clove, cardamom and fennel) finishing soft on the nose.  Initial sipping is singularly pleasant in that no one taste attribute boasts above the others — the rum shows wholly integrated flavors.  In the mouth, Plantation Barbados 5 is as delicious as a fresh mango sorbet, but with the warmth of rum. A medium weight body contributes the the effect, it’s mass providing perfect balance to the flavors.  Finishing, fruity flavors arrive first with considerable sweetness, then comes fresh dry leather and a long slow fade on the lips and throat.

Anecdotes
Distilled and aged for five years on Barbados, later shipped to France where Cognac-Ferrand further ages the rum in used cognac barrels, then meticulously and slowly dilutes with water over 3 months to avoid any adverse chemical reaction, lets it rest for a while longer, and bottles it when the rum is finally ready.

Opinion
Plantation Barbados 5 year old rum is approachable art, inexpensive yet combining the best of Bajan craftsmanship with the sophistication of French aging and blending.  The various Plantation rums originating on Barbados all seem to command the top echelon of their portfolio, and the 5 surely adds to the impressive fruits of their collaboration.  Plantation characterizes the Grande Reseve 5 as a sipping and mixing rum, but I think it is the dessert of rum, best served neat.

Reviewed:  April 2011 in Miami and again in, November 2011 at the Rum Gallery, USA.

© Dave Russell 2017