Tasting Notes for Plantation - Trinidad 2005 Vintage
Nose: Citrus fruit layered with peach and mango introduce an intense sensation. Flowering honey soon emerges from a lightly wooded field of nutmeg and lightly peppered notes.
Taste: Rising fruit notes create a citrus explosion of lemon and pear. Grilled almond, popcorn and paprika complete the evolution.
Finish: Intense, spicy, woody with chocolate notes.
This vintage was distilled in 2005 in a four column still at Trinidad Distillers (TDL), home to the extensive Angosturo range of Rums, Aromatic Bitters, and Amaro. The multi-column, continuous distillation facility was commissioned by Angostura Limited in the late 1940s, with the distillery initially providing the Rum used in the production of the Aromatic Bitters, which at the time was the sole output of the company. TDL exclusively use sugarcane molasses as the source for their fermentation and cultivate their own yeast strain which adds a distinctive flavour note to the Rums.
Plantation Trinidad 2005 vintage has been aged 11 years in ex-bourbon barrels in Trinidad, before being shipped over to France where it is then matured for an additional 2-3 years in Ferrand Cognac casks. Bottled at 42%, this is a subtle, fresh and floral rum, perfect as an after diner drink.
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 Trinidad Distillers Style Rum Age Aged for 11 years in ex-bourbon casks in Trinidad and 1-2 years in Ferrand Cognac casks in France. Volume 70CL ABV 42%