Jamaica 1983 Single Cask – Plantation for The Nectar
The Rum: Jamaica 1983 sc Plantation for the Nectar (Belgium) – 42 abv. Cask 1/1 – 150 bottles only.
Origin: Jamaica. My guess….Long Pond distillery (well known for the Captain Morgan brand).
Maturation: Finished in Cognac casks.
Nose: This is subtle and powerful at the same time. Raisins, and candied orange. A little whiff of mocha and crème brûlée. Even a slight vegetal side too.
Taste : my first impression was that this rum was a bit punchier than 42 abv. Perfect sweetness, without ever becoming too sweet. For an almost 30 yo rum – with the main part of the maturation in tropical Jamaica – the influence of the oak isn’t too overpowering at all. It’s there all right, but gentle playing on the background. After a good 15 minutes in the glass, I get more vanilla and chocolate notes.
Finish: Sweet again, but in good balance with the wood. A little nuttiness, and on the back of the tongue some verbena.
Our score : 18/20. Excellent rum indeed.
Remarks: This actually was a bargain in 2011, selling for about € 75. Now however almost impossible to find.