Plantation Rum. The name sounds innocuous, but the way these rums are made are unlike any others you’re likely to encounter. Cognac Ferrand has long a history of providing Cognac Casks to various Caribbean rum producers based upon the rum producer’s need for quality oak casks to age their rum. Because of this long history Cognac Ferrand has over time developed solid relationships with many of these producers. Based upon these relationships they have been able to acquire certain unique batches of rum from various Caribbean sources. Typically these rums are brought back to France to be finished in their own warehouses and of course in their own Cognac Casks. The rums are produced by the team behind Pierre Ferrand cognac and Citadelle Gin, single-country in origin with a bit of a twist. The rums are distilled in the country in which the sugar cane is grown, then put into either old bourbon or sherry oak casks, then aged in country. After several years of aging, the casks are then shipped to France and aged a second time in French oak barrels, after which they are then bottled for sale. Plantation comprises nine different rums and produces a different “vintage” each year (with a couple of special, non-vintage editions in the mix).
Grenada is considered one of the most fertile of the Caribbean islands, where plantations of sugar cane adjoin fruit and spice growers, the latter of which have earnt its world famous reputation as the ‘Island of Spice’. This rum was aged for eight years in casks of unspecified origin. Bright, deep gold colour with a pale gold hue. A slightly dusty top note gradually dissipates to reveal subdued aromas of clove, cantaloupe and citrus oils that build with time in the glass. A luscious, rich, round entry fills the mouth, delivering honey, creme caramel and fried banana flavours with a touch of spice. Exceptionally pure, soft, silky mouth feel and perfectly poised, this rum is almost Sauternes like in profile, finishing sweet with a long, creamy, dried banana, creme caramel aftertaste.