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Review: Plantation OFTD

Updated: Jan 21, 2021

Plantation O.F.T.D. - 69%

Context: I review every spirit according how it performs on its own, in a glass, occasionally adding water if the pour calls for it. Intended mixer/modifier or not, I want to know how it stacks up to other spirits in its respective category or proof range. So while this bottle has a very specific function: quality overproof modifier for cocktails, I'm primarily focused here on how it sips.

OFTD is a dark overproof rum blended with distillate from Guyana, Jamaica, and Barbados.

Nose: Composting vegetables. Pickled radish. Rubbing alcohol. The nose plays up the proof and vegetal side of molasses.

Flavor: The palate is hot and treacle driven. Some banana and caramel notes emerge along the way. The finish kicks the ethanol again and doesn’t add much flavor.

Palate Structure: Too sludgy up front and thin by the end, but it’ll beef up the front end of a cocktail. Hot and drops flavor in the finish, but leaves plenty of cocktail room for layering, diluting and filling in the empty spaces of the finish.

Alcohol Integration: Fairly well integrated for 138 proof, but it's still hot on the nose and loses flavor in the finish.

You’d Dig This If You Like:

Jamaican Rum: high ester, high proof

Demerara Rum: pot still and vegetal leaning

Tiki Drinks

Score: 4 (Not Complaining) Sips better than it should for the proof and intended purpose. But there isn't much need to reach for a neat pour of this as our access to quality, high proof rum continues to improve in the US.

Rating System

10 - Reevaluate My Budget

9 - Stash Two If Able

8 - Stash One At The Right Price

7 - Highly Recommend It To Strangers

6 - Solid - Above Average

5 - Acceptable For The Situation

4 - Not Vocally Complaining

3 - Wish I Was Drinking Something Else

2 - Nothing Nice To Say

1 - Drain Pour

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