coconut
sweet vanilla
burnt caramel
orange zest
milk chocolate
toasted
honey
cinnamon
milk
Spiral Plantation XO Barbados 20th Anniversary Rum

Plantation

XO Barbados 20th Anniversary

Tasting Notes

Appearance / Color
Warm Cherry-wood  
 
Nose / Aroma / Smell
Oak. caramel, toasted coconut, and sweet vanilla 
 
Flavor / Taste / Palate
Natural heat, caramelized honey, milk chocolate, and orange zest
 
Finish 
Long, warm, cinnamon orange sticks 
Price:
$53.99
If billionaire Richard Branson were a real pirate, he would be drinking Plantation Barbados XO. 
 
Plantation Rum is owned by French Cognac producer Maison Ferrand, who control no less than a dozen major brands premium spirits and liqueurs. Sometimes that is an iffy proposition, but not in this case because the folks at Ferrand are all about quality… and you can taste it. 
 
Plantation Rum is their top shelf Rum label. And mighty good stuff it is, too. They offer a variety of Rums from the Caribbean. Depending on the plantation and the country of origin, the Rums can vary between soft and aromatic to light and elegant… each one showing the gentle, experienced influence of Maison Ferrand
 
We can’t help it… to a large extent, we shop with our eyes. But sometimes spirits—and people, for that matter—are all packaging and no substance. Plantation Barbados XO is NOT one of those. The bottle is thick, tapered glass sporting a stunning label and wood stopper with a gold cap, complemented by a net-like wrap of raffia. And the color of the Rum is a deep, warm, cherry-wood hue that screams quality. The total effect is something like “if billionaire Richard Branson were a real pirate, this is what he would be drinking” kind of thing. 
 
But what does it taste like? In a word, “great.” And equally important, like all fine aged Rums, it has a perfumey aroma that—pardon the expression—is like sex in the nose. It is double distilled… once in a pot still and again in a column still. It is double aged, first in the Caribbean using ex-Bourbon barrels for as much as 20 years. Then it is shipped to France for 12-18 months of additional “cool-weather” aging in smaller, French oak casks. Magic. Plantation Barbados XO is a rare beauty on the outside and on the inside.
  • Style
    Dark Rum
  • Region
    Barbados
  • Country
    Caribbean
  • Alcohol
    40%
  • Distillery
    Plantation
  • Bottler
    Plantation
  • Age
    20 Year Old

Plantation

XO Barbados 20th Anniversary

(0.75l, 40%)


8.2/10
Ratings & Reviews
Member Reviews and Ratings of Plantation XO Barbados 20th Anniversary Rum
Marc
This may be my favorite of all rums!
Bill
This was much better than I imagined. Smooth to the taste and refreshing
Danyul
Spectacular both the bottle and the rum inside. Rich and creamy with sweet notes. One of my favorite all time
Mike
This is an exceptional rum, in my opinion, it starts out and stays smooth throughout the drinking experience. It stands out among other rums I have tried, it is comparable to the only other rum I find exceptional "El Dorado 21 yr". I will continue to purchase this and encourage others to purchase this fine rum as well.
Alan
The aroma of the this drink is so intoxicating. Sip slow but I like it with no ice.
George
Such a good sipper over a few big cubes of ice. The coconut and caramel are just enough to avoid being unctuous. Everything else balances the note.
David
Very smooth and delicious
CJ
Excellent. One of the few rums I can drink over ice.
mark
This is a smooth and delicious rum. I could drink this all day.
Matt
Not usually a fan of rum, but needed some for a bath of mamajuana I am making. Haven't tried mamajuana yet, but the rum itself is delicious.
Stephen
Very smooth, hint of smoke. Very nice
anonymous
Everyone's darling
Kegan
Simply smooth, this is a sipping rum, not a mixer. Sweet molasses and sugar are dancing around with flavours of apple and vanilla.
Mike
This is simply amazing Rum!!! Delicious and smooth! Will be getting another bottle......or 10!
Larry
Great Big "O" to the mouth.
Gary
Glorious
Caleb
I truthfully don't like rum and this was incredible!!
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