Double The Fun!
To celebrate the special RumFest month of October, our friends at Bibendum Spirits have excelled themselves by offering a very special prize to October’s winner: a bottle each of the brand new Single Cask Plantation rums. The latest arrivals are the rather amazing Guadeloupe 1998 Sauternes Cask Finish and a lovely Trinidad Multi Millesimes - which for those who can’t read French means multi Vintage… In this case a blend of 1999, 2001 and 2003 Vintages.
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In our humble experience, the single cask, special finish Plantation rums are the most special. The Guadeloupe 1998 vintage (which to the best of our knowledge was only available in the US) is an agricole rhum that wasn’t able to be brought under the A.O.C. (Appellation d’Origine Controlée) banner due to the producer risking an ‘over quota’ situation – but instead of pouring the rum away, Alexandre Gabriel saved the rhum from such an ignoble end and brought it back to France. Our friend Dave Russell at Rum Gallery reviews the Guadeloupe 1998 vintage the best (click here to read it for yourself). We thought it fantastic expression of aged rhum when we tried it several years ago.
The extra ageing in ex-Sauternes Cask (a sweet wine from the Bordeaux region of France) will have sweetened and tamed (a little) the flavoursome agricole. It’s the sort of rum that you want to savour! The experience starts with the typically bold fruity notes in the nose and then across your tongue - bags of flavour and lovely medium to long finish. It’s so wonderfully harmonious that the rise and fall of the tasting sensation is smooth and organised. Just a little burn, for despite the beautiful way this rum has been put together, it is 42%ABV. The batch comprises five small barrels, yielding just 300 bottles per barrel. By the way – after you’ve drained your glass – go back to it a little later and smell it again! Simply wonderful!
The Trinidad Multi Millesimes is a different character all together. As previously revealed – this rum is a blend of three vintages: 1999, 2001 and 2003. We recall seeing the barrels when we visited Cognac Ferrand, but we didn’t know that a blend was being planned. The nosing and the tasting bring two different experiences – I get a sweeter smelling rum and the hint of the higher than normal level of alcohol (this expression is presented at 47% ABV). The rum when sipped is sweet on arrival and bolder in flavour than I expect a typically light Spanish style Trinidadian rum to be. Then I get the little bit of fire from the higher ABV before short to medium flavour finish, with the tingle on my tongue remaining a little longer. Two casks form this limited edition, yielding a total of 450 bottles per barrel.
Both single casks are wonderful examples of the craftsmanship of the team at Cognac Ferrand.
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So you want to win a bottle of each eh? Well, entering couldn’t be easier: if you can answer the following question, email us with the answer, your full name and a contact telephone number at:
and your name will go into this month’s draw. One lucky winner will be drawn at random in early November.
Rules, rules, rules… You must be UK resident and a minimum of 18 years old to be able to enter. Please check our terms and conditions of entry into the competition by clicking here! One entry per person please – we do filter out duplicates as well as incorrect entries…
The Plantation Single Cask Guadeloupe 1998 vintage receives a further ageing in which of the following casks?
- Pineau des Charentes
Yes – it’s that simple. The draw will be made in early November and we will be contacting the winner to verify their eligibility and request the delivery address for this fabulous prize.
Our sincere thanks go to Bibendum Wine for sponsoring this month’s amazing prize.