Over the years Plantation has released a prolific amount of rum from all across the Caribbean with their portfolio full of aged gold products. With 3 Stars they have boldly entered the market with a silver rum that is a blend of unaged rum from Barbados, unaged and twelve year old rum from Jamaica, and three year old rum from Trinidad. The blend is charcoal filtered to remove color and brought down to 82 proof for bottling.
Plantation Three Stars has the most informative labels I have ever seen. The front of the label provides the basic product information while the back is loaded with so much information it looks like a newspaper. The rum in the bottle and glass is clear. Swirling the liquid creates a thick band which forms equally thick legs that descend quickly down the glass. The ring then beads up and clings to the sides of the glass.
A swirl of tropical fruit wafts from the glass as I pour the rum. I let the rum settle and pick up notes of lime, banana, pineapple, with an under tone of vanilla, oak and coconut.
The sugary sweetness of the rum wraps the edges of the tongue while the fruit flavors manifest in the center. I clearly pick out banana, coconut, and vanilla in the mid-line while an earthly oak base forms the base.
There is a pleasant funkiness that replaces the sweetness as the oak base transforms and the alcohol in the rum provides a nice pleasant burn that lasts into the finish.
I first encountered Three Stars as a judge in a blind tasting and later experienced it being used as a punch ingredient. When I finally found it in the stores I began using it in classic cocktails and later, as I learned its versatility, it became a staple on my back bar for Tiki cocktails.
I especially like it in Mai Tais and Menehune juice where the fruit flavors in the profile marry well with the other ingredients. At 25 dollars a bottle this is a great deal and should be available anywhere you see Plantation products sold.
This review first appeared in Got Rum? magazine.