Plantation Xaymaca Special Dry Tasting

Today we’re going to give Plantation Xaymaca Special Dry a tasting; we purchased it a few weeks ago and wanted to see how it would taste so we can start pairing it with cocktails.

Also, we touched on this crazy tomb of cocktail information, The Oxford Companion to Spirits and Cocktails, (Affiliate Link):

Their website describes Plantation Xaymaca ( as:

“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 » : aromas and flavors of black banana and flambéed pineapple, locally called “Hogo,” an Anglicization of the French term “Haut Goût” (high taste).”

Our review hit on a few of those specific key flavors: banana and pineapple. This is fairly traditional for flavor profile on a Jamaican rum, some tend to be more funky than others and we believe Plantation Xaymaca has a mild “funk” with a forward sweetness and a lightly dry finish (no doubt due to the proof coming in at 43%, just slightly over standard ABV)

You’ll probably find Plantation Xaymaca Special Dry works best in your traditional tiki cocktails that call for Jamaican rum. You’ll probably find that added sweetness is very palatable for new drinkers and those that are making potent-forward tiki drinks with higher proof rum combinations and brandys.

Video Table of Contents
0:00 Introduction
0:30 Sweetness forward, with a bit of pinapple
1:30 The potency, proof and math
4:40 If I was stuck on an island, which rum?
5:14 Oxford Companion to Spirits and Cocktails

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