London bar The Luggage Room has begun building up a “library” of exclusive Plantation rums, starting with a 12-year-old from Réunion Island.
Working with rum producer Maison Ferrand, the bar’s general manager Joshua Cowan aims to commission a different style of rum each year to sell exclusively at the bar at the London Marriott Hotel Grosvenor Square in Mayfair.
While most of each batch will be available for customers to buy for sipping or by the bottle, a handful of bottles will be kept back to store in a “rum library” in a joint project with Plantation that is set run for 10 years.
Only 144 bottles were produced of the first limited edition commissioned by the bar, working in collaboration with Maison Ferrand owner Alexandre Gabriel.
Faced with a choice of 14 different rums, Joshua selected one from France’s Réunion Island in the Indian Ocean which had been aged for 11 years. They decided to age it for about another 10 months in ex-madeira casks.
With ABV of 43%, the rum is dark, viscous and complex, with delicate notes of vanilla, cinnamon and candied ginger. It leads on to tastes of burnt fudge and butterscotch, with liquorice and orange on the finish.
As well as being offered for sipping neat, the Réunion Island rum works well in the bar’s twist on an Old Fashioned (pictured).
Joshua said: “The full-bodied flavour of the rum means that it is a drink for all palates and one that we’re sure will become a favourite. It is an excellent start to this exciting new project at The Luggage Room.”
He has already begun working with Maison Ferrand on next year’s limited edition although it is still under wraps.