Review: Plantation 3 Stars White Rum
Plantation is known for its double-aged, high-end rums from all over the Caribbean. So it comes as a surprise to find the company producing its first ever white rum.
Called three stars because the blend is mixed from rums from Barbados, Trinidad, and Jamaica. And rest assured, this isn’t straight off the still. Unaged rum from Barbados and Jamaica is blended with three-year-old Trinidad rum and 12-year-old Jamaica rum (yes, 12 years!), before being filtered back to white. It’s commonplace to age rum a year or two, then filter it, before releasing it as white rum, but having 12-year-old spirit in the mix is unheard of.
This rum is extremely sugar-forward, a monstrously sweet rum that leaves delicacy behind. Big tropical notes — mango and especially banana — hit you after the raw sugar cane fades, and that old Jamaican rum, pot-distilled for sure, brings a touch of hoary funk to the finish. Some citrus notes laced throughout. Smooth but with a kick, this is a premium white rum with lots of cocktail versatility.
82.4 proof. Launches this month.
A / $24 (one liter bottle) / plantationrum [BUY IT NOW FROM DRIZLY]
Very interesting. I’m learning more and more about rum and their distilling process. Like you said it’s very interesting that they combine it with a 12 year rum. Does it say what percentage of the 12 year they put into this? Do you think it’s equal thirds? Great review!
Eric – Plantation doesn’t say, but I suspect it is a very small amount. 5%? Less?
I’ve been attempting to buy spirits from independent distillers, while avoiding products made by the big multinational liquor conglomerates (e.g., LMVH; Pernod-Ricard; Moet-Hennessy; Beam-Suntory; Diageo). It definitely isn’t easy. You’re left with choosing from large, family-owned companies (Bacardi; Brown-Forman), or, the smaller, privately-held family companies (Cognac Ferrand; Heaven Hill Distilleries; William Grant & Sons). I try to buy from the latter group. Plantation 3-star (by Cognac Ferrand) is a great rum at a very fair price, an excellent complement to Plantation 5-year-old Barbados rum.