Kaniché XO Rum
Kaniché // Barbados
Maison Ferrand is known for their Cognac, but to rum aficionados, they are better known for their Plantation rum line. The Plantation line includes rums from around the world finished in a variety of special casks, and the Kaniche is cast in the same mold. The XO is a Barbados rum aged in ex-bourbon barrels that is subsequently finished for an additional 18 months in Cognac casks in France.
Aged RumRum that is aged, but no specific type or size barrel required. No set time required for length of aging, but will often carry an age statement (which should be taken with a grain of salt). Often thought of as "sipping rums".
"The nose is filled with aromas from a tropical bakery: coconut, cocoa, vanilla, caramel, toffee and coffee. There is also fruit including green mango and ripe papaya. The astringency that suggests a somewhat young distillate dissipates after a few minutes of breathing. The rum washes over the palate with more strong suggestions of tropical flavors--the coconut is almost overwhelming at this point. Combined with the ample cocoa and coffee, one might imagine some sort of island Tiramisu. Subsequent sips reveal some Sherry and loads of sugar and caramel. The brightness of the spirit appears to be the only component on the other side of the ledger, but further investigation reveals some cardamom and anise. The coconut finish is somewhat bitter and impossibly sweet (a hydrometer reading confirmed the inclusion of added sugar to the tune of 24 grams per liter). This one is more like a bottled cocktail than an aged rum."