Review: Plantation Jamaica 2002

Price: $40 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Long Pond & Clarendon

Region: Jamaica

42% ABV

Distillate: Molasses

Aged For: 13 years, (10 Jamaica, 3 France)

Cask Type: 10 Years in ex-bourbon, finished 3 years in Pierre Ferrand Cognac Casks

Chill Filtered: Yes

Additives used: Yes

Color: Amber

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Funky esters, pepper, oak, vanilla, earth, herbs, copper, pineapple, basmati rice with raisins

Mouthfeel: Light bodied

Palate/Taste: Banana, pineapple, cinnamon, oak, orange, mint, coconut, plum

Finish: Light warmth, short to medium length, molasses, pineapple, esters, oak, nutmeg

Thoughts: Not the funk bomb a lot of Jamaican rums are, and it is sweet for Jamaican as well, but overall not a bad rum.

Score: 80 out of 100

Review: Dos Maderas 5+5

Price: $30 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Sourced / Williams & Humbert

Region: Distilled in Barbados & Guyana, Finished in Spain

40% ABV

Distillate: Molasses

Aged For: 10 Years (5 in the Caribbean, 5 in Spain)

Cask Type: American Oak (5 Years), Palo Cortado Casks (3 Years), and PX Sherry (2 Years)

Additives used: Yes

Color: Brown sherry

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Sherry, citrus, dried fruits, oak, chocolate, marzipan, coconut, brown sugar, sherry

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, slightly syrupy

Palate/Taste: Vanilla, chocolate, oak, sherry, maple, raisins, sugar

Finish: Light to medium warmth, medium length. A bit of oak and pepper, sherry, and vanilla

Thoughts: The sherry is very dominate on the profile, I actually think they add sherry to the rum at points in the solera. I taste bits of oak and dry spice underneath the super saturated sweetness. Very Similar to Your El Dorados and Diplomatico Rums if you enjoy those. I’m a sucker for PX sherry so this isn’t a bad rum for myself.

Score: 78 out of 100

Review: Old Ezra 7 Barrel Strength

Paid: $50 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Sourced / Luxco

Region: Kentucky

58.5% ABV

Aged For: 7 Years

Cask Type: New charred oak

Chill Filtered: Charcoal filtered

Color: Chesnut

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Vanilla, caramel, oak, brown sugar, cherry, a touch of corn mash

Feel: Medium to full body

Taste: A bit more pepper and baking spice, vanilla, fruit, honey, cocoa powder, leather

Finish: Just over a medium length finish, and above a medium level of warmth, oak, vanilla, toffee, brown sugar, cherry, honey , and nuts

Thoughts: This is basic bourbon, and that’s not bad, sometimes that’s what you want. Hits all the normal profile notes with a good body and finish.

Score: 80 out of 100

Plantation XO 20th Anniversary

Plantation XO 20th Anniversary

Price: $60 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Sourced / Pierre Ferrand

Region: Barbados

40% ABV

Distillate: Molasses

Aged For: Blend of rums from 10 to 25 years

Cask Type:  New white oak, ex-bourbon, and Cognac casks

Chill Filtered: Undisclosed

Additives used: Yes

Color: Chestnut

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Molasses, oak, chocolate, toasted nuts, brown sugar, and vanilla

Mouthfeel:  Light bodied

Palate/Taste: Coconut, caramel, vanilla, brown sugar, oak, and fruit

Finish: Light warmth and length, Cola, cream, vanilla, caramel, and sugar

Thoughts: On its own it’s a decent sipping rum, but very sweet and not overly complex. I have noticed it pairs very well with cigars however.
Score: 80 out of 100

High West Rendezvous Rye Campfire Finish

HW RR Select


Price: $80 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: MGP & Barton / Constellation Brands

Region: America

50% ABV

Aged For: Minimum 5 Years, finished additional 2.2 Years

Mashbill: 95% rye, 5% barley, & 53% rye, 37% corn, 10% barley, & 80% rye, 10% corn, 10% barley

Cask Type: New charred oak, finished in barrels that held High West Campfire

Chill Filtered: No


Color: Copper

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Caramel, vanilla, cinnamon, oak, rye, sharp sweetness, heather

Feel: Medium body

Taste: Rye, cinnamon, clove, tobacco, pepper, coriander, fennel, oak, vanilla

Finish: Medium warmth and length, honey, vanilla, oak, and rye spices

Thoughts: The campfire barrel really mellowed the rye out, without sacrificing flavor. Still very much a rye, but a nice change of pace.
Score: 82 out of 100

Berry’s St. Lucia 11 Year

Berry’s St. Lucia 11 Year

Price: $94 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Sourced / Berry Brothers

Region: St. Lucia

46% ABV

Distillate: Molasses

Aged For: 11 Years

Cask Type: Undisclosed

Chill Filtered: Yes

Additives used: No

Color: Golden

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Super glue, bubblegum, perfume, varnish, oak, flowers, honey

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body

Palate/Taste: Oak and flowers, perfume, honey, nail polish, feinty, and white tea

Finish: Medium warmth and length, flowers, perfume, honey, and lemon juice

Thoughts: This one was different, it had a lot of the intensity of a Jamaican Rum, but not the funk I’ve come to associate with them. That said, this is very much a try before buy rum.

Score: 70 out of 100

Barrell Bourbon Single Barrel 14 Year “Old Peanut Butter”

Barrell Bourbon Single Barrel 14 Year

Distilled/Owned by: George Dickel? / Barrell

Region: Tennessee

53.5% ABV

Aged For: 14 years

Mashbill: 84% corn, 8% rye, 8% barley

Cask Type: New charred oak

Chill Filtered: No

Color: Copper

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Caramel, minerals, oak, vanilla, sponge cake, cream, and brown sugar

Feel: Full, creamy

Taste: Nice measured oak, French vanilla flavored coffee, yellow cake, caramel, and cinnamon

Finish: Medium warmth, not quiet medium length, oak tannins, slight mineral taste, creamy toffee, and milk chocolate

Thoughts: I love the creaminess to this cask, I didn’t pick up any peanut butter, but boy was there cream and vanilla.

Score: 88 out of 100

Smooth Ambler Old Scout 12 Year Bourbon

Smooth Ambler Old Scout 12 Year Bourbon

Price: Discontinued

Distilled/Owned by: MGP / SAOS

Region: Indiana

51.6% ABV

Aged For: 12-Years

Mashbill: 60% Corn, 36% Rye, 4% Malt

Cask Type: New charred oak

Chill Filtered: No

Color: Copper

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Sweet corn mash, bubblegum, pepper, caramel, oak, mint, rye spice, and leather

Feel: Medium to full bodied

Taste: Oaky, vanilla, caramel, tobacco, clove, leather, and cinnamon

Finish: Medium warmth and length, pepper and oak with vanilla cream and caramel

Thoughts: A very spicy bourbon with a smooth finish in comparison with the palate.

Score: 80 out of 100



Ultimatum Fiji 12 Year

Ultimatum Fiji 12

Price: $45 for 700ml

Distilled/Owned by: South Pacific Rum Distillery / The Little Distiller

Region: Fiji

46% ABV

Distillate: Molasses

Aged For: 12 years, distilled 2004

Cask Type: Ex-bourbon

Chill Filtered: No

Additives used: No

Color: Golden

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: A bit of gasoline and papaya. Grapefruit, sharp oak, and banana

Mouthfeel: Medium body

Palate/Taste: Pepper, leather, sharp and rubbery, vanilla and oak with spices

Finish: Warm and medium length, solvents, leather, tobacco, oak, and pepper

Thoughts: A very spicy rum with a lot of sharpness on my palate. This one’s not to my personal taste.

Score: 74 out of 100

Wathen’s Single Barrel

Wathen's SB

Price: $40 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Sourced / Medley Family

Region: Kentucky

47% ABV

Mashbill: 77% corn, 10% rye, 13% barley

Aged For: NAS

Cask Type: New charred oak

Chill Filtered: Undisclosed

Color: Amber

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn.

Nose: Bubblegum, corn mash, oak, vanilla, sugary

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body

Palate/Taste: Vanilla heavy, oak, caramel, the vanilla really dominates, maybe a bit of clove

Finish: Medium warmth and length, oak, pepper, vanilla, and a bit of citrus

Thoughts: Vanilla heavy bourbon, without a lot of complexity or depth you’d get from a single barrel normally. Not bad, but middle of the road stuff.

Score: 77 out of 100