The Plantation Collection is the result of a connoisseur’s devotion.
The story of Alexandre Gabriel’s connection with the spirits markets started relatively recently, in 1989, when he discovered one of the oldest French spirits brands, the Maison Ferrand, located in the Cognac region. Ten years later, having restored its reputation and recognisability, Alexandre Gabriel goes on a journey of discovery to the Caribbean, looking for business partners in Barbados, Guyana and Jamaica. The Plantation Collection is born. Gabriel is now the owner of the West Indies Rum Distillery in Barbados, Claredon Distillery and Long Pond Distillery in Jamaica, as well as a shareholder of National Rum of Jamaica.
Plantation is a whole new world created on the border of Cognac and the Caribbean – ex-Cognac casks are used by rum manufacturers to mature Caribbean rums, and the rums are matured in the tropics of the Caribbean, and then transferred to the milder climate of the French Cognac region, where they undergo another, shorter period of maturation in specially selected casks that previously held local Cognacs.
Plantation Extreme No. 3 Jamaica Rum HJC is a part of a series of casks bottled in their most natural form, selected for their unique character. Distilled in 1996 at Long Pond Distillery in Jamaica, it spent 21 years in ex-bourbon casks, and then was transferred to France, where it spent another year in an ex-Ferrand Cognac cask. Its bouquet offers notes of orange peel, camomile, dark molasses, juniper, buttery apple pie, apricots, honey, caramelised bananas, pears, woody smoke and fresh Herbes de Provence.