Tasting Notes for Plantation - Fiji 2009 Vintage
Nose: Very intense, it opens on notes of prickly pear and varnishes a profile that is woody and oily. It then becomes fruitier and spicier on banana, pecan, nutmeg and oak.
Taste: It is rich and round, it follows the nose with notes of buttery vanilla caramel, cocoa, ginger ale and fruity notes of quince, hazelnuts and coconut.
Finish: Very long with oak, pineapple, cocoa, spices.
Brought to us from the South Pacific Distillery on the wonderful Fiji Islands and bottled for Plantation, this 2009 vintage really is great. Fermented from local Fijian molasses which is then distilled using both pot and column stills before being blended together and aged for approximately 7 years in Fiji. It is then shipped over to France for another 3 years aging in Ferrand Cognac casks and bottled at 44.8% abv. Rich and round, with notes of buttery vanilla, caramel, cocoa and ginger ale as well as quince, hazelnuts and coconut.
Fiji 2009 : Gold Medal, Rum Masters 2018 (The Spirits Business) category Gold Rum – Aged 8-12 Years
Fidji 2009 : 97 points, Ultimate Spirits Challenge 2018
Fidji 2009 : Gold Medal, Rum XP miami 2018
The plantation brand of rums is owned by Maison Ferrand, one of the world’s premier boutique producers of fine spirits, and the architect of the an historical spirits movement. The company was founded by Alexandre Gabriel in 1989 with a mission to preserve age-old, craft production methods that capture the true expression of the spirit, and a commitment to revisit the classics while advancing innovation.
The adventure began with Ferrand Cognac, a 100% Grande Champagne Cognac with roots in the region stretching back over four centuries and ten generations. In 1996, Alexandre created Citadelle Gin, the Gin de France, spearheading the movement for French gins. Due to strict regulations imposed by Cognac’s appellation d’origine controlee (AOC), Alexandre Gabriel was obligated to stop using his cognac stills for seven months of the year. After five long years of negotiations, he obtained the AOC authorization to distill gin during the period that the stills were usually dormant, giving the traditional copper pot stills new life and purpose.
Alexandre then introduced Plantation Rum in 1999, reflecting his passion for old rum-making techniques and implementing the signature double ageing process that distinguishes these spirits. After several years ageing in Bourbon casks in the tropics, Plantation Rum is then shipped on boats to Château de Bonbonnet in France, where the second maturation process takes place in Ferrand French oak casks, emhancing the rum with delicate tannic undertones.
In March 2017, Maison Ferrand acquired the West Indies Rum Distillery in Barbados and one-third of the renowned, which owns Clarendon, Long Pond and Inswood distilleries. Thanks to these exceptional production tools, Alexandre Gabriel fulfilled his vision of creating amazing rums through an ongoing experimentation process that pairs modern techniques with the ancestral methods of making fine rums.
Since 1989, surrounded by an enthusiastic team, Alexandre has dedicated himself to the mission of creating superb spirits that express the marriage of passion, terroir and the passage of time.
Maison Ferrand has offices and production premises at the 18th century Château de Bonbonnet in Ars, in France’s legendary Cognac region. Marketing and finance services are based in Paris. Consumers around the globe appreciate the company’s fine spirits brands, which are distributed in more than 89 countries in some of the world’s most prestigious outlets.
Producer South Pacific Distillery for Plantation Rum. Style Rum Age Aged for 7 years in Fiji and 2-3 years in Ferrand casks in France. Volume 70CL ABV 44.8%