A truly exceptional rum bottling from the famous Clarendon estate, bottled by Plantation (who are in the process of changing their name).
This rum was a particular favourite of Luc Satgé, the Master Blender of Plantation rum, who has been overseeing the cellars for over a decade now. Such was Satgé’s affection for the spirit, he nicknamed it “his baby”.
The rum is made with a base of molasses, which enjoyed a lengthy fermentation of two weeks, before being distilled in a double retort Vendome pot still. The spirit was then aged in Jamaica for a whopping 16 years in 200 litre former Bourbon barrels, before being transferred for an additional year of maturation in 350 litre Cognac Ferrand casks at Maison Ferrand, France. The rum was bottled in 2020 with a final age of 17 years!
Clarendon Estate is known for producing rather funky rums, and this is no exception – serving up 422 grams of esters per hectolitre of pure alcohol, in 1571 grams of volatile substances. The spirit is completely free of sugar dosage.
Plantation Jamaica 2003 delivers a radically fresh and funky profile, with notes of green banana, underripe mango, pineapple, sticky date pudding, pressed flowers, red berries, vanilla, burnt sugar, allspice, burnt oak, fresh pastry and bitter cocoa.
Bottled at 49.5% ABV and without chill filtration or colouration, this rum is destined to be one of the all time classics.