A limited edition Barbados single vintage rum bottled by Plantation.
Part of Plantation's 'Four Hands' program, this was distilled at the West Indies Rum Distillery with the casks chosen in consultation with Master Distiller Don Benn.
This spent four-and-a-half years maturing in 200 litre ex-bourbon casks in the tropical climate of Brighton Beach, Barbados, before it spent another four-and-a-half years in the continental climate of Javrezac, France, in 350 litre ex-cognac casks.
Distilled from molasses in column and pot stills, this fermented for three-to-four days. Matured for nine years with no dosage (added sugar), it has been bottled at 51.1%.
Nose: It opens with woody and spicy notes with cinnamon, pepper and ginger, then it becomes fruitier with raisins, prune and citrus peel with hazelnut and almond in the background.
Palate: Gentle at first and very fruity on raisins and walnut, it then becomes stronger and dryer with tons of chocolate, caramel, vanilla and nutmeg with some dried flowers and cooked fruits and citrus peel building up sip after sip.
Finish: Long on prunes, nuts, chocolate and pepper.
In 1989 the Maison Ferrand cognac house was taken over by Alexandre Gabriel, who planned to return one of the region's oldest spirit brands to the height of its powers. Starting with cognac and then moving into other fine spirits, Gabriel scoured the Caribbean throughout the 1990s in source of rum.
From those trips the Plantation brand was born. Rums are transferred to France, where they undergo final maturations in a variety of casks.
- West Indies Rum Distillery