Two new rums from Plantation hit the UK. Trinidad 1999 Banyuls Finish and Barbados 5 Yr Old Pineau des Charentes Finish have been released in ltd. editions.
Bibendum has launched two limited edition Plantation Rums exclusively to the UK market. The new single cask bottlings see two of Plantation’s finest rums finished in the casks of Pineau des Charentes and Banyuls.
Bibendum Spirits Brand Manager Paul McFadyen worked very closely with Plantation’s owner, Cognac Ferrand, to create these outstanding rums. Cognac Ferrand President Alexandre Ferrand selected one Bajan and one Trinidadian rum, transporting them to France where the spirits were aged in ex-cognac barrels prior to being finished in the Pineau des Charentes and Banyuls casks.
The Pineau des Charentes cask imparts a freshness and brightness to the Bajan rum, while the sweet, Port-like Banyuls creates a wonderfully deep, opulent Trinidadian rum.
Ferrand said: “Pineau des Charentes and Banyuls both have incredible flavours that are very compatible with rum; they complement the spirit beautifully. We use fresh Pineau des Charentes and Banyuls casks and typically finish the rum for six months to a year, followed by some fine tuning in our Ferrand Cognac casks to complete the ageing process.”
McFadyen, said: “Cask finishing is an age old tradition in rum and one that works fantastically well, creating wonderful new flavours for consumers to discover. This was an incredibly exciting project that brought together brilliant distillers from both France and the Caribbean and we have already seen phenomenal interest from bartenders in the UK. I only wish we had more bottles to go around.”
Only 450 bottles of the Trinidad 1999 Banyuls Finish (RRP £54.99) have been produced. The Barbados 5 Year Old Pineau des Charentes Finish (RRP £49.99) is even rarer with only 350 bottles being released. Each of the bottles is numbered and carries the personal endorsement of Alexandre Ferrand.
Bibendum Managing Director Michael Saunders, said “Our whole approach to spirits at Bibendum is to focus on high quality, boutique products that offer our customers exceptional value for money. Products such as these new rums are a wonderful addition to our range and the perfect complement to the wines we sell to the premium on trade.”
Both limited edition rums are available to the UK on-trade and independent retailers via Bibendum Wine Ltd.
Bottle image courtesy of Pete Holland – TheFloatingRumShack.com