With Xaymaca Special Dry, Plantation revives the quintessential Jamaican-style, 100% pot still rums of the 19th century with an expression of intense flavors that reveal the traditional, legendary “Rum Funk” locally called “Hogo,” an Anglicization of the French term “Haut Goût” (high taste).
“With Xaymaca Special Dry, I wanted to dive into the iconic culture that is unique to Jamaican rum. I wanted to work with these complex flavors of overripe exotic fruits with an almost “animal intensity”. We can still find certain white rums with this famous “rum funk”. I think, however, that this great terroir expresses itself perfectly in an aged rum. That is why we are launching Xaymaca Special Dry, which is a tribute to this ancestral culture of rum” explains Alexandre Gabriel, Master Blender and creator of Plantation Rum.
Xaymaca evokes the name given to the island by its first inhabitants, the Arawaks. With its latest investment in the Caribbean, Plantation now owns a third of the mythical “Long Pond” and “Clarendon” Jamaican distilleries. Xaymaca Special Dry is a blend of rums distilled in the old John Dore pot still at Long Pond and the Vendome at Clarendon. The idea is to boldly assert the powerful and expressive character of these rums. Thanks to these exceptional production tools, Alexandre Gabriel made his dream of blending a 100% pot still Jamaican rum a reality. “The access to these 2 emblematic distilleries with their retort stills, which look like ancient pachyderms, is the realization of dream. It allowed me to dive into this ancestral tradition and create a rum that I had wanted for a long time.”
Plantation Jamaica Xaymaca Special Dry Rum (86 proof)
Nose: Rich and funky vanilla bean, pineapple, green apple, dark cherry. Quite a lot of high fruity notes.
Taste: Smooth entry with a lovely oak char channeling the distillate into a round, yet fruity flavor. More than a touch of the pineapple comes forward, but tempered by a dryness of that dark cherry essence I detected on the nose.
Finish: Medium long and by this time, most of the vanilla and toffee have gone, leaving a quick, dry and fruit leather finish.
Overall: Yet another winner from Gabriel and Plantation. They can do no wrong, and this rum is another welcome addition to the bartender’s and rum lovers’ arsenals.
GSN Rating: A+
For more information go to: Plantation Rum