Single malt whisky - tasting notes

19 Jul 2013

Plantation 3 Stars

Posted by: Ruben Luyten In: * Other spirits

Three Stars is the first white rum made by the renowned French rum house Plantation (owned by Cognac Ferrand). It’s a blend of three styles: unaged Barbados (typically showing tropical fruits and banana), 3yo Trinidad (light and citrusy) and unaged + 12yo Jamaica (usually heavy with sugarcane and liquorice).

Note that although it is a clear white rum, some of its components were oak-aged. The colour has been removed afterwards through active carbon filtration. In a way this surprises me: I’m no rum expert but it seems sad to age a quality rum only to deliberately filter out some of the flavours together with the colour, just to make it white?

 

Plantation Three StarsPlantation 3 stars
(41,2%, OB +/- 2012)

Nose: definitely tropical. A lot of marshmallow and banana notes (hints of newmake whisky). Sugarcane and vanilla cream. A little mango. Seems to calm down after a while, with a popcorn note coming out. Mellow but not one-dimensional. Mouth: sweet and fruity again. Vanilla and honey. Pisang and other kinds of banana flavours. Candied guava. A lot creamier and oilier than your regular white rum. Something citrusy in the background. A gentle spicy kick and a grassy note as well. Finish: medium, still a lot of sugar cane and gentle spices.

Maybe a little on the sweet side, but very seductive. Smooth and full-bodied at the same time. It’s perfectly sippable neat, but I can’t wait to make mojito’s with this. Or maybe a Rum Collins – I suppose the added sweetness will balance the acidity well. Around € 15 – that’s basically the same as a commercial Havana Club. A bargain!

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  • Tony: Well the 1401 batch 8 could be found easily in most places for £200 - indeed I got one for £180 with a discount. The £225 price was a bit high and
  • WhiskyNotes: Don't just look at the UK - it's not always representative for the rest of the world. The last 1401 for Europe was batch 8. I bought that one for €
  • Sam: Nicely written notes, not rated this myself yet. Just to confirm, it's nowhere near a 40% price rise though. The last 1401 released in the UK was at

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