Plantation 3 Stars
Over the years Plantation has released a prolific amount of rum from all across the Caribbean with their portfolio full of aged gold products. With 3 Stars they have boldly entered the market with a silver rum that is a blend of unaged rum from Barbados, unaged and twelve year old rum from Jamaica, and three year old rum from Trinidad. The blend is charcoal filtered to remove color and brought down to 82 proof for bottling.
Plantation Three Stars has the most informative labels I have ever seen. The front of the label provides the basic product information while the back is loaded with so much information it looks like a newspaper. The rum in the bottle and glass is clear. Swirling the liquid creates a thick band which forms equally thick legs that descend quickly down the glass. The ring then beads up and clings to the sides of the glass.
A swirl of tropical fruit wafts from the glass as I pour the rum. I let the rum settle and pick up notes of lime, banana, pineapple, with an under tone of vanilla, oak and coconut.
The sugary sweetness of the rum wraps the edges of the tongue while the fruit flavors manifest in the center. I clearly pick out banana, coconut, and vanilla in the mid-line while an earthly oak base forms the base.
There is a pleasant funkiness that replaces the sweetness as the oak base transforms and the alcohol in the rum provides a nice pleasant burn that lasts into the finish.
I first encountered Three Stars as a judge in a blind tasting and later experienced it being used as a punch ingredient. When I finally found it in the stores I began using it in classic cocktails and later, as I learned its versatility, it became a staple on my back bar for Tiki cocktails.
I especially like it in Mai Tais and Menehune juice where the fruit flavors in the profile marry well with the other ingredients. At 25 dollars a bottle this is a great deal and should be available anywhere you see Plantation products sold.
-Review by Mr. Paul Senft-
My name is Paul Senft - Rum Reviewer, Tasting host, Judge and Writer. My exploration of Rums began by learning to craft Tiki cocktails for friends. I quickly learned that not all rums are created equally and that the uniqueness of the spirit can be as varied as the locales they are from. This inspired me to travel with my wife around the Caribbean, Central America, and United States visiting distilleries and learning about how each one creates their rums. I have also had the pleasure of learning from bar tenders, brand ambassadors, and other enthusiasts from around the world; each one providing their own unique point of view, adding another chapter to the modern story of rum.
The desire to share this information led me to create www.RumJourney.com where I share my experiences and reviews in the hopes that I would inspire others in their own explorations.
It is my wish in the pages of “Got Rum?” to be your host and provide you with my impressions of rums available in the world market. Hopefully my tasting notes will inspire you to try the rums and make your own opinions. The world is full of good rums and the journey is always best experienced with others. Cheers!