A truly fabulous vintage rum offering from Plantation. The Maison Ferrand owned company has built a reputation on sourcing fantastic rums from across the Caribbean. This is no exception, a Trinidadian rum distilled from Molasses in a column still, after undergoing a 4-day fermentation process. This rum has had two maturation periods, one lasting 8 years in former Bourbon American Oak barrels in Trinidad, and a second lasting 4 years in former Pierre Ferrand Cognac Casks in Maison Ferrand’s Chateau de Bonbonnet, France. These two maturations create a wonderfully balanced rum, with notes of dark brown sugar, vanilla, spiced oak and sweet, grapey brandy. The flavours are fantastically intense and rich. The rum is bottled at 42% ABV, slightly overproof. As ever with Plantation, the bottle features a distinctive label designed to represent something of the producing nation. Here the label shows a ploughing ox, reflecting the strong traditional of Trinidadian sugar production, whilst the label’s trim has a Red Ibis, a symbol of the island and present on the nation’s coat of arms. Plantation have sourced some cigar recommendations from Jean-Marie Cornec (chairman of the Rum Fest jury and several cigar clubs), who suggests a H. Upmann Magnum 46 as a pairing to this lovely spirit. Another classic Plantation bottling, presented with all the style and finesse that we know this producer for.