Review #90: Plantation Single Cask Barbados XO Amburana Finish Review

A few months back, we did a vertical tasting of Plantation, featuring six single-cask expressions from the French bottler. We tasted blind and took notes in two different notebooks, then compared notes at the end. The Plantation single cask Barbados was finished in Amburana, a South American wood that imparts savory flavors. It’s starting to get a bit popular, as Whistle Pig also opted for Amburana for finishing their Old World cask.

During our tasting we went blindly tasted 6 plantation expressions took notes in different notebooks, and compared notes at the end. All were undiluted.

Plantation Single Cask Barbados XO Amburana Finish Review
  • Score - 6.5/10

Tasting Notes

Nose: Dark toffee, some cherry, caramel, buttered popcorn, buttery chardonay.

Palate: pear, passion fruit, melon, moscato, oak.

Finish: slightly tannic end. Tingle and burn.

Quick overview of our scoring system

Additional Information

  • ABV: 48% ABV
  • Finished in Amburana, a South American wood.

About Plantation

  • Alexandre Gabriel is the president and owner of Maison Ferrand and was also the originator of their rum line (Plantation).
  • Plantation tend to age spirit in the tropics before returning it to France for cask finishing. They often incorporate some interesting finishes like Cognac casks.
  • For Plantation, Alexandre spends several months of the year in the Caribbean sourcing rum from local producers to be sold under the Plantation label.

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