Barbados XO – Plantation Anniversary
Why not start the week with what slowly is becoming a classic under the rums. It was bottled in a nice looking decanter, for the 20th anniversary of Plantation – the independent bottler.
The rum: Barbados XO – 40 abv
Distilled: not indicated
Bottled: ca 2011 by Plantation
Nose: excellent but rather surprising nose, with strong hints of oak. Roasted coconut, some caramel, ripe banana and subtle hints of tobacco. Barbadian rum at its best.
Taste: The oak spice hits you now in full force, be it in a non-aggressive way, smoothed by caramel, dark red fruits, warming vanilla and a whiff of excellent dark chocolate. In any other rum the oak might have been too strong, but in this blend (hats off to the master-blender of Plantation!) it somehow seems to work just nice.
Finish: Again powerful oak, but again very nicely balanced with caramel, vanilla and chocolate.
Our Score: 18,5/20
Remarks: first maturation in Barbados in Bourbon casks, and second maturation for 12 to 18 months in France in Cognac casks