I’m a big fan of rum. And so far, I’m a big fan of Plantation rums. This was no exception and in fact it a fantastic rum. The Stiggins’ Fancy Pineapple is one of Plantation’s dark rums, with a pineapple infusion. Don’t think syrupy sweet pineapple. This has a mild sweetness and the essence of pineapple. You instantly get the flavor, but it doesn’t overwhelm.
I can certainly drink this neat. I’m sure it would go well in any number of cocktails. I’ll have to try some and report back.
Proof: 80% (40% ABV)
Price: (It was a very generous gift from my son!) On the shelf it is $30 for 750ml
Buy Again: Yes, but I’ll have to save my pennies and save it for special occasions!
As with many of my purchases, I’m waiting for a sale. When Plantation Original Dark Double Aged Rum went on sale for $15 per bottle, I checked the reviews immediately. Most of the Plantation rums are well regarded. I watched a Common Man Cocktails review of the family including the Aged Dark, along with quite a few online ratings. Reviews behind me, I walked in to the ABC store, took a hard right, walked through the center of the store and right up to the Plantation, grabbed a bottle, checked out, and headed back to the Lair.
Upon opening the bottle, I was struck by the very pleasant aroma. It was sweet and fruity and had the funkiness that I kept reading about. Even that wasn’t unpleasant, just different. I also got no hint of alcohol! A little poured into a shot glass. I could almost drink this on ice! This was a new moment for me.
When added to cocktails, it yields a sweet and fruity drink. I could be happy drinking this with Coke and never trying another cocktail or spirit.
But I think I’ll keep trying, anyway.
Age: No age statement
Proof: 80 (40% ABV)
Paid: $15 (on sale)
Buy again: Yes (Absolutely, I have a second bottle in the wings!)
Meyers’s Dark was my first dark rum. It was specifically called for in some cocktails, and I thought I’d give it a try. A few conflicting reviews let me apprehensive. I was about twice the price of the Cruzan Light, so not knowing if I’d like it, I picked up a 375ml bottle.
My first sniff told me that danger lurked nearby. It smelled harsh with a strong charred whiskey aroma from decades ago. The “dark” description did not disappoint.
I have tried to sip it straight. Not my best choice.
I have tried it with a little water or over ice. Doesn’t help, but did allow me to discover there was more than char in their.
No one considers Meyers’s Dark a sipper. No one. Ever.
In a cocktail, things got interesting. Most of my cocktails to this point were sweet and fruity. This added a depth that cut through the sweet and fruity with a smokey taste, and added a complex (but not overwhelming) molasses flavor.
Proof: 80 (40% ABV)
Paid: $11 for 375ml
Buy again: Probably