Another beautiful vintage rum release from Plantation, sourced this time from Panama! This rum has split its maturation across the Caribbean and France, as is the Plantation trademark. Its “Tropical Ageing” occurs for nine years in former Bourbon casks in Panama, before it is finished for 2 years in Pierre Ferrand former Cognac French Oak casks in the Chateau de Bonbonnet, France. As ever with Plantation, the label is a wealth for information for the rum-nerd. This rum is produced from Molasses which have been allowed to ferment for 3 days, before distillation in column still produces a light and slightly dry spirit. This rum is rich in juicy cane notes, with some lovely plum flavours and a little grape-laden brandy developing after a while. As with all Plantation bottlings, this bottle has its own label featuring Panama Viejo and its Cathedral, the remaining old city of the country’s capital. If you like to match a cigar to your rum, Plantation have sourced some recommendations from Jean-Marie Cornec, Chairman of the Rum Fest Jury and several cigar clubs. He suggests a Coronas Claro from Quai d’Orsay for a soft smoke, or a Cohiba Maduro 5 for a strong smoke. Cigar or not, this is a fantastic sipping rum that rewards patient drinking.