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Plantation Trinidad 2000 (Old Reserve) Rum

Review: Plantation Trinidad 2000  (Old Reserve) Rum 85.5/100
a review by Chip Dykstra (Aka Arctic Wolf)
Posted on January 17, 2012

Bottle Shot provided by Cognac Ferrand

The Plantation Trinidad Rum Old Reserve Rum is another unique rum from Cognac Ferrand’s  Plantation line-up. It is a well aged rum of Trinidadian origin which has been produced using the column still and a short fermentation period. The rum has been aged a minimum of nine years in used bourbon casks, and after this initial maturation, the rum was transported from Trinidad to France where it was finished for a short time in used Cognac casks to enhance the flavour.

Although the picture to the left indicates a 45 % bottling strength, the rum is now bottled at 42 % abv. Cognac Ferrand decided to reduce the proof in the newer bottling, to reveal more subtle flavours and esters, as they felt the higher alcohol content in the previous bottling was hiding some of the complexity of their rum.

Last May I was given eight sample bottles, each 200 ml in size, which represent a good portion of the Plantation Rum line-up. The Plantation Trinidad is the sixth of these sample bottles which I have chosen to review here on my blog.

In the Bottle: 4.5/5

As I have stated in my previous reviews for the Cognac Ferrand, Plantation Rums; all of the Plantation Rums arrive in a highly attractive clear glass bottle with a simple uncluttered label. The bottles are wrapped in netting as pictured to the left.  The bottle closure is a high density cork which is sure to give the consumer that nice satisfying pop when it is first opened.

In the Glass 8.5/10

I took a little time after I poured my first sample, to tilt my glass and give it a slow swirl. A crown shaped oily sheen was apparent which held back for a moment, but then released droopy leglets down the side of the glass. The rum displays a nice golden amber colour in the glass, and the immediate nose is filled with a sweet honey and butterscotch.

I let the glass breathe, and I began to sense the sweetness of canned fruit (apricots and peaches) rising into the breezes above the glass. Orange peel and tobacco are apparent as are oak spices tinged with vanilla, and perhaps a touch of marzipan. This is my sixth review from the rums of Plantation line-up and in each review I seemed to get me the impression that  something ‘funky’ or different is going on in the rum. In the case of the Plantation Trinidad, this ‘funkiness’ demonstrates itself as a light but distinct herbaceous accent in the air above the glass which reminds me of sweet grass tainted with scents of heather and balsam.

2ooml Sample Bottle for Review

In the Mouth 51/60

That herbaceous impression I received above the glass while nosing the rum has intensified as I taste it. This sensation softens the rum taking the edge off of the orange peel and oak spices. It also seems to dampen the sweetness a little. The result is a different sort of rum which carries flavours of orange peel, butterscotch, vanilla, marzipan, toasted coconut and oak spice. However, each of those flavour impressions is accented by that herbal quality I discussed earlier and becomes  something just a little different, or as I said earlier, something which I find a little ‘funky’.

If you allow the rum to breathe in your glass for about ten minutes a certain mustiness becomes apparent manifesting itself as old leather. There is also a light flavour impression which perhaps reminds me of the taste of copper tubing. A bit of peppery zest has grown in the glass, and fruity flavours have evolved which remind me of canned apricots and peaches. I like the growing complexity the rum displays.

Of course I tend to be a bit of a mixer, even when I am sampling a rum for review, so I decided to try an old favourite of mine, the Sloe Lime Daiquiri (see recipe below). The cocktail is very pleasing, and my belief is that the Plantation Trinidad Rum will please those who mix, as well as those who sip.

In the Throat  13/15

The finish is a little heated in the mouth although in the throat there is very little if any burn. White pepper, butterscotch candies, and a light herbal tobacco provide for a finish which is not terribly long, but not terribly short either.

The Afterburn 8.5/10

The Plantation Trinidad 2000 is a very interesting rum. For me the light herbal quality the rum displayed on the nose grew in intensity as I progressed from the nose to the mouth and through to the finish. It never becomes so strong that it overwhelms the rum, it just becomes more noticeable as you progress through the tasting. I suspect that this ‘funky’ herbaceous quality will appeal to many rum drinkers as it provides for a unique flavour characteristic in the normally light Trinidadian style.

If you are interested in comparing more scores, here is a link to my other published Rum Reviews.

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Sloe Lime Daiquiri Sloe Lime Daiquiri
cocktail by Chip Dykstra (Aka Arctic Wolf)

1 1/2  Oz Trinidad Rum
1/2 Oz Fresh Lime Juice
1 Tsp Grenadine
4 Large Ice Cubes
1 Chilled Glencairn Glass
1/2 Oz Sloe Gin

Place the first 4 Ingredients in a Metal Martini Shaker.
Shake Until Martini Shaker Chills.
Strain Into a chilled Glencairn Glass.
Add the Ice from the Martini Shaker.
Float the Sloe Gin on the top and let everything sit for one minute.
Garnish with Lime Slice if desired….. Enjoy!!

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My Final Score is out of 100 and you may (loosely) interpret the score as follows:

0-25     A spirit with a rating this low would actually kill you.
26-49   Depending upon your fortitude you might actually survive this.
50 -59  You are safe to drink this…but you shouldn’t.
60-69   Substandard swill which you may offer to people you do not want to see again.
70-74    Now we have a fair mixing rum or whisky.  Accept this but make sure it is mixed into a cocktail.
75-79    You may begin to serve this to friends, again probably still cocktail territory.
80-84    We begin to enjoy this spirit neat or on the rocks. (I will still primarily mix cocktails)
85-89    Excellent for sipping or for mixing!
90-94    Definitely a primary sipping spirit, in fact you may want to hoard this for yourself.
95-97.5 The Cream of the Crop
98+       I haven’t met this bottle yet…but I want to.

Very loosely we may put my scores into terms that you may be familiar with on a Gold, Silver, and  Bronze medal  scale as follows:

70 – 79.5    Bronze Medal (Recommended only as a mixer)
80 – 89.5     Silver Medal (Recommended for sipping and or a high quality mixer)
90 – 95         Gold Medal (Highly recommended for sipping and for sublime cocktails.)
95.5+            Platinum Award (Highest Recommendation)

2 Responses to “Plantation Trinidad 2000 (Old Reserve) Rum”

  1. Josh Miller said

    Thanks for that review, Chip! I like Plantation’s stuff, but with such a wide array of rums from different locales, some of their offerings represent a bit of a crap shoot. As for me, I’ll stick with the Plantation Barbados Extra Old for sipping–a phenomenal rum with no leathery funk. The Plantation 5-Year Barbados is also a great mixer and a truly excellent value at around $15/750mL.

    Aloha,
    Josh

    • Thanks for the comment Josh

      I really have been enjoying the entire Plantation Line-up and really have not found any that would not enjoy. Having said that, I agree that you cannot go wrong with the Plantation Barbados.

      Cheers!

 
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