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Plantation Xaymaca Special Dry Rum

Presenting an iconic flavor profile of legendary Jamaican pot stills, Plantation Xaymaca Special Dry Rum invokes local history and ancestral culture of the island – the Arawak’s land of wood and water.

The classic double-thumper pot stills of Jamaica, in concert with traditional long fermentation cycles, can produce high ester rums — with aromas and flavors of black banana and flambéed pineapple — often described as funky.

In particular, aged rums from the venerable John Dore pot still at Long Pond and the Vendôme pot still at Clarendon are among the most desirable and — until recently — the least available on the market.

Plantation Xaymaca Special Dry blended aged rum

Plantation Xaymaca Special Dry pot still blended rum from Jamaica

Lighter ester rums are blended with a dose of heavier rums from extended fermentations. The persistence of bold flavors remains notable in Xaymaca’s wide range blend, without being overpowering or intense.

Xaymaca Special Dry delivers just that — a well balanced blend of aged distillates from these legacy pot stills.

After resting in Bourbon barrels in Jamaica, the rum is rested for a second maturation of one year in Cognac barrels in Southwest France.

Xaymaca Special Dry took home a gold award at it’s first RumXP international tasting competition at Rum Renaissance Festival.

Xaymaca Special Dry Tasting Notes

Initial aromas of ripe banana, vanilla and smokey oak lead to hints of pineapple, brandy and fine herbs. On the palate, mixed ripe fruit and orange water precede the baked banana notes at mid-palate, with sour dough bread pudding, baking spices and almond butter fading into the medium warm finish.

Xaymaca Mission Statement

Alexandre Gabriel, founder of Maison Ferrand, said: “With Xaymaca Special Dry, I wanted to dive into the iconic culture that is unique to Jamaican rum. I wanted to work with these complex flavours of overripe exotic fruits with an almost animal intensity.”

“We can still find certain white rums with this famous ‘rum funk.’ I think, however, that this great terroir expresses itself perfectly in an aged rum. That is why we launched Xaymaca Special Dry – a tribute to this ancestral culture of rum.”

Xaymaca brings genuine classic Jamaican flavor profiles to tropical cocktails. Unlike some special editions, Plantation Xaymaca Special Dry rum is widely available and quite accessible in price.

At 43% abv, the 750ml bottle of Plantation Xaymaca Special Dry Rum sells for about $25.

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Plantation Surprise: Old Fashioned Traditional Dark rum revealed

The Plantation rum team based in Cognac, France, lead by master blender Alexandre Gabriel, recently revealed the results of a clandestine project.

The unveiling occurred during a tasting event at the annual Tales of the Cocktail convention in New Orleans.

The Old Fashioned Traditional Dark (O.F.T.D.) aged rum from Plantation is a high proof expression developed in collaboration with leading rum experts.

Plantation Old Fashioned Traditional Dark (O.F.T.D.) aged rum is a high proof expression developed in collaboration with leading rum experts.

This surreptitious collaboration with noted rum cocktail luminaries lead to the development of Plantation’s newest expression: O.F.T.D. (Old Fashioned Traditional Dark) aged rum. The new offering blends exquisite aged marques from Guyana, Jamaica and Barbados.

This dark colored overproof rum, bottled at 69% alcohol by volume (138 proof), will be available in a one liter bottles for a suggested retail price of $31.99. It’s expected to reach retail shelves in the U.S. in September 2016.

Collaborators

Alexandre Gabriel’s collaborators on the project are:

  • David Wondrich, spirits and cocktail historian and long-time Alexandre Gabriel collaborator
  • Jeff “Beachbum” Berry, proprietor of Latitude 29 in New Orleans
  • Martin Cate, proprietor of Smuggler’s Cove in San Francisco
  • Paul McFadyen, proprietor of Trailer Happiness in London
  • Paul McGee, proprietor of Lost Lake in Chicago
  • Scotty Schuder, proprietor of Dirty Dick in Paris

Tasting Notes

The Old Fashioned Traditional Dark (O.F.T.D.) aged rum from Plantation is a high proof expression developed in collaboration with leading rum experts.

Tasting notes on the label declare, “Color: Rich Red Mahogany. Nose: Intense and very precice notes of coffee, orange, plum, jam and truffles. Taste: It bursts with caramel cream, chocolate and vanilla notes. It continues with cinnamon, raisins, nutmeg, oak and molases with smoky accents. Final: Long and lingering, with dark chocolate, clove and caramel. Empty glass: Rich Demerara molasses notes, oak and plum.”

The Tradition

This is not the first time Plantation revealed a secret rum project at the annual Tales of the Cocktail convention in New Orleans. In 2014, a limited edition Pineapple rum was circulated among an elite cadre of rum professionals. The reaction was quick and intensely successful. The rum later went into full production to acclaimed success.

Plantation Old Fashioned Traditional Dark rum will appeal to serious rum enthusiasts, tiki fanatics and bartenders that understand how to incorporate rich, full-flavored, full-bodied, robust strength rums into fine cocktails.

Cocktail suggestion: How about an Old Fashioned Rum Old Fashioned?

Robs Extensive List of Rums: Plantation Old Fashioned Traditional Dark

Richland Single Estate Old Georgia Rum delivers rich flavor

Richland Single Estate rum is certainly unique. From growing their own cane in Richland, Georgia, to reducing their fresh cane juice to syrup on the premises, implementing a unique fermentation and distillation process, and finally, aging their distillate in new oak barrels, the Richland Distilling Company produces an authentic, plantation style cane spirit from field to bottle.

Richland Single Estate - Attention to every detail of production -- from growing the cane, gentle pot distillation, and aging in new white oak barrels -- gives hand-made Richland Single Estate Old Georgia Rum a bold flavor profile reminiscent of fine Bourbon.

Richland Single Estate Old Georgia Rum is hand-crafted by Erick Vonk in Richland, Georgia.

Erik Vonk is a passionate and dedicated rum producer that goes to great lengths to control all aspects of his production process. Selecting only the most hearty varieties of cane grown on his property, harvesting with great care and crushing fresh juice, he takes a holistic approach to rum production nearly abandoned in the present day. Reducing his cane juice to a delightfully rich honey-like consistency — a superb example of southern artisanal cane syrup — provides a stable and full flavored base for his careful fermentation.

The pot still offers a gentle, rustic distillation that helps retain much of the cane flavor throughout the process, resulting in a fine, cane-forward distillate. The use of small white oak barrels for maturation lends a bourbon-like quality to the rum as it ages, taking on rich wood notes almost immediately.

Within 18 months, the spirit is turning a warm golden color and developing complex flavors. By 36 months, it’s nearly ready to bottle, close to peaking in its interaction with the oak casks.

Richland Single Estate Tasting Notes

On the nose, we find big bourbon oak. Charred and toasted wood dominates with subtle aromas of butter, cherry/apricot dried fruit spice cake, vegetal cane notes and a hint of Chardonnay. On the palate, bold and rich bourbon style notes lead to a building heat before echoes of Irish Whiskey and more wood carry into the mid-palate leading to buttery fruit cake and a fading hint of agricole in the long finish.

Richland Single Estate rum is rich. Bottled at 43%, it’s a bold statement of careful and deliberate production values, pride and craftsmanship. This is hand-made rum.

The 750ml bottle of Richland Single Estate Old Georgia Rum sells for $55.00.

Visit the distillery in Richland, Georgia to meet Eric Vonk and experience this authentic Richland Single Estate rickAmerican spirit first-hand.

333 East Broad Street
Richland, GA 31825-6109

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