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).
Extremely Smooth. Plantation’s Royal Blend exhibits a brilliant copper color. The bouquet captures the sense the unmistakeable timbre of pot still rums, accompanied by the perfume of Cognac, softened by fruity Maury wine. Dive deeper into your tasting glass to uncover aromas of pot still esters, phenolic, wax, stewed fruits, prune fig, vanilla, oak and an early stage of rancio. The more time spent sniffing, the greater the number and subtlety of aromas you sense. There’s complexity in spades, wonderful. All that you waft, you taste. The heavy body languors on your palate like a rum-soaked sailor enjoying shore leave by lying on a warm sandy beach. Plantation’s signature sweetness is there no doubt, but it’s well balanced by the pot-still funk of the heavy rum.