Grande Reserve Plantation Barbados Rum 5 Years
has a somewhat complicated backstory which is worth retelling. While all the rums from the Ferrand Plantation series are made according to the usual methods dependent on country of origin (raw material and distillation techniques) they are then taken to Cognac and aged using very unusual and unique techniques that no one else uses for aging rum. Pierre Ferrand ( the brand not an individual – that would be Alexandre Gabriel) uses small cognac barrels to age all their rums while most of the industry uses old bourbon barrels to finish their rum.
Grande Reserve Plantation Barbados Rum 5 Years is a molasses base pot distilled rum aged for 5 years in bourbon barrels then rebarreled in Cognac Limosin Oak barrels to finish its aging process.
Appearance: Faultlessly clear Baltic amber in color. On swirling it coats the glass nicely.
First Impression: Dark,rich plush smells of vanilla, coconut, dark chocolate ,molasses and tropical fruits.
Taste: Toasted coconut, vanilla with oak,leather, and saddle soap notes, chocolate fudge, luscious full bodied taste with a sweet entry that dries a bit and leaves you with a toasted vanilla, coconut and dark chocolate taste in the long finish that lingers pleasantly. Later on some drying black pepper notes come out to temper the sweetness while a pleasant oiliness holds the tastes on your tongue and treats you to a complex melange of rum goodness. Smooth, seductive, and complex, especially for the money involved. Makes most rum at this price range taste like benzene by comparison.
Drinks: Certainly good enough to enjoy on its own, it is a lovely lush rum that works well in just about any drink calling for a dark or aged rum.
Bottle: Clear glass with a light fishnet type wrapping of fiber. Can’t comment much beyond that as we were not given a production bottle to comment on.
Cigars: Try a La Unica or Flor de Ybor to compliment this cheap to buy but excellent rum.