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 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!