Rum Gallery’s Dave Russell is back with more observations about Endangered Rums.
Endangered Rums – Plantation Guadeloupe 1998
by Dave Russell
Plantation Guadeloupe 1998 – as rare as a double French Kiss. Those in the know will decipher the black label as Plantation’s code for “single cask release.” Buy it now while it’s rare but still available in limited quantities – there’s nothing quite like it.
Distilling on Guadeloupe makes it instantly rare, since the tiny island in the French West Indies produces so little sugarcane spirit. It’s aged there for a few years before being shipped at cask strength to France for a second round of aging in used Cognac barrels. Yes this is a Deux France rum. Or is it rhum, as in agricole? Uh oui, it is. Except that it can’t be labeled as such. Turns out the distiller on Guadeloupe produced a wee bit more rhum than is allowed by AOC regulations (Appellation d’origine contrôlée).
The big hearted folks at Cognac Ferrand rescued the little French island orphan, nurtured it to maturity in the motherland, and released it to us labeled as Rum. Delicious it is, and that bastard provenance makes it even more valuable, selling for a relative pittance at $60.
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