Plantation Stiggins’ Fancy Pineapple Rum review and tasting notes
The Plantation Pineapple Stiggins’ Fancy is a full-bodied, sumptuous rum, full of tropical fruit, produced from the maceration of pineapple in two excellent rums from the Maison Ferrand distillery: the classic Plantation 3 Stars and the Plantation Original Dark rum.
The result is a meaty and biting rum, expressive, but with great elegance and fullness of taste: the aromatic volume is expanded, but in reality, as always with Ferrand, it is the fabric of the alcoholic base that makes the final distillate valuable.
History of Plantation Stiggins’ Fancy Pineapple Rum
It is not that they invented a new “triple sec with rum and pineapple”, far from it, pineapple rum was a typical nineteenth-century drink adored by Londoners, so much so that Reverend Stiggins is a voracious prelate, born from the pen of Dickens , who had a soft spot for this spirit drink. This rum was born from careful research and close collaboration with the historian David Wondrich and does not want to be a habit, but a return to the origins, just like for Dry Curacao Ferrand, another great product with unique philological accuracy.
How Plantation Stiggins’ Fancy Pineapple Rum is made
The pineapple skins are macerated for a week in white rum and then the liquid is distilled again to concentrate the flavors. The pulp of the pineapples is infused for three months in dark rum and then the two rums are assembled, followed by a three-month refining period in cask and then the rum is ready.
Organoleptic characteristics of Plantation Stiggins’ Fancy Pineapple Rum
The bouquet is an explosion of tropical fruit, ginger, cinnamon and spices. The line is decisive, fleshy and all pulp, the Jamaican style pushes hard, gives consistency, stings, almost bites your nose with an abrasive but well-designed fieryness. The spices are all there in the finish and mix with delicate smoky tones, caramel, licorice and mint.
On the palate it is broad, very structured in terms of warmth and setting. The fruit is ripe, dipped in orange marmalade, but beautifully mottled with smoky tones, more spice and a delicate finish of banana, butter and vanilla. Overall it is varied, dynamic and complex and very rich in earthy suggestions that are not bitter, but almost, without ever becoming too loaded. The overall sip is smooth, on the palate it is warm and rocky, but manages to find good gustatory articulation. Never flaccid.
Price of Plantation Stiggins’ Fancy Pineapple Rum
44-48 euros: an acceptable price for an elegant and well-finished distillate in every aspect, declined with elegance. Do not expect rum with pineapple in syrup: pineapple is a pretext, but it is never overbearing.
What cocktails to make with Plantation Stiggins’ Fancy Pineapple Rum
To be drunk strictly straight, without ice at 14 degrees. If you use it to make great classics based on dark rum, the result will be exceptional: Cuba Libre, Scorpion, Dark and Stormy and Pina Colada become liquid gold.
Chocolate in all its forms and creamy desserts, cheesecakes or pies: chocolate salami, apple pie, mud cake, creme brûlée, but it is also amazing with smoked meat dishes such as pulled pork.