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Plantation - Grand Terrior - Fiji 2009 - 44.8% abv.

Updated: Dec 27, 2018

Rum-Review-A-Day: Day 9 - Plantation - Grand Terrior - Fiji 2009 - 44.8% abv.

I do love my Fiji and today I am sitting with Plantatoin’s Grand terroir series Fiji 2009 release. As with all rum hailing from Fiji, this was distilled at South Pacific Distillery and is a blend of pot and column still. This release was bottled in France in 2018 making it a 9 year old rum. Of those 9 years, 7 were aged in bourbon casks in Fiji, followed by an additional two years in France. Unlike the majority of Plantation releases (not all; such as the Extreme series) this release has no additives (namely sugar) which has been stated by Maison Ferrand and confirmed by numerous hydrometer tests. So this should be pure Fiji funk going on here!

On the nose…I get excited right away! There is the plasticine/play-doh character that I have come to love (and others loath - looking at you John Gibbons 😉 ). That aside, this rum is extremely fruity! Pineapple, banana, mango, papaya, guava, passionfruit, coconut, peaches and plums…Reminds me of the tropical fruit punch I used to drink as a kid - not that I wouldn’t drink it now, I just no longer live in North America, and it is not as easy to find. Funnily enough, the lack of citrus notes in this rum together with the abundance of all things tropical give it an almost creamy aroma that I quite enjoy. Saffron. Need to mention Saffron. Burnt caramel. The woodiness for the 7 years tropical ageing shines through nicely with hints of fresh oak vanilla and white chocolate. There are also petrol-like aspects to this rum although not overpowering…somehow I think of watered down WD40…This rum smells like fruit punch on a sunny day while you’re tuning up your bike. Interpret that as you will.

On the palate tropical fruits again take a front seat with pineapple and mango being the main players, followed closely by the smooth coconut cream. More spicy on the palate than it was on the nose; I pick up black pepper, nutmeg and allspice. Vanilla and white chocolate. Hints of oak, although the wood is not strong here. Play-doh and eucalyptus remind me exactly where this rum is coming from, although for me personally, these could have been dialled up quite a bit. Very little of the petrol coming through on the taste, although there is a slight burnt rubber bitterness…While this rum does offer a lot of different flavours, I feel like the overall experience is a little “shorter” than I would have expected. I choose to write “short" here because it is in no way flat, it is just not as bold as I was hoping for from the nose.

The finish is medium in length and leaves me tasting coconuts and bitter hazelnuts. Perhaps a little hotter than expected for 44.8% abv.

Decent.

That is all.


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