Plantation Rum has announced the 2019 release of Extrême N°3, a rum that will attract attention from collectors and connoisseurs.
For this year’s release, Plantation selected two old 22-year-old Jamaican rums from the Long Pond Distillery. After lying dormant for eight years, the legendary distillery reopened in July 2017.
Plantation Jamaica HJC 1996 and Plantation Jamaica ITP 1996 are both bottled at cask strength, with a bottle quantity of around 2,000 each.
These two vintages were both distilled in 1996 at Long Pond Distillery with the John Dore still. While the HJC has an ester rate of 345g/hlap and a profile marked by rich spiced notes, the ITP has an ester rate of 386g/hlap and differs in its notes of very ripe tropical fruit, the company says.
These two Long Pond rums aged 21 years in bourbon barrels in Jamaica, with a subsequent year of aging in Ferrand casks in France.
Plantation Long Pond HJC 1996 is bottled at 56.2% alcohol by volume (112.4 proof) and Plantation Long Pond ITP 1996 is bottled at 54.8% alcohol by volume (109.6 proof). They both have a suggested retail price of $250.00 and are available in select U.S. cities as of January 2019.
Long Pond Distillery suffered a terrible fire on July 16th of this year, losing all its wood fermentation vats as well as 65,000 liters of freshly distilled rum. Fortunately, the stills remain intact.