Plantation Pineapple Rum is named after a Dickens character from The Pickwich Papers, Mr. Stiggins. Stiggins preached about temperance, but was a bit misguided in practicing what he preached. His drink of choice was pineapple rum and plenty of it. He preferred his pineapple rum warmed with a splash of boiling water and three lumps of sugar.
Plantation Pineapple Stiggins’ Fancy Rum sample provided by brand representatives. All photos, recipe, and opinions are my own unless otherwise stated.
This Plantation Rum expression pays homage to the popularity of pineapple rum in nineteenth-century England. Pineapple rum was prized as exquisite sipping rum. As often happens with old spirits and recipes, pineapple rum waned in popularity and was soon forgotten. Thankfully not forgotten by everyone. Master distiller, Alexandre Gabriel of Maison Ferrand, and cocktail historian, David Wondrich, set out to reproduce this forgotten favorite. The result is Plantation Pineapple Stiggins’ Fancy Rum.
More than one ton of specially chosen Queen Victoria pineapples are used for a single batch of Plantation Pineapple rum. Since Queen Victoria pineapples are a seasonal item, Plantation Pineapple rum is also seasonal, crafted in limited edition available twice a year; April/May and July/August. Seriously, if you can get your hands on this rum, I highly recommend it.
Plantation Pineapple Stiggins’ Fancy Rum is available nationwide. It retails for approximately $35 for a 750ml bottle. It is bottled at 40% alcohol by volume / 80 proof.
Plantation Pineapple Rum Tasting Notes
Deep dark rum and fresh pineapple are immediately present in the aroma. There are traces of vanilla and spice. It is lightly fruited on the nose.
Plantation Pineapple is deeply rich with dark rum flavor. There are molasses and cocoa flavors with soft vanilla. This expression contains more pineapple aroma than what presents in the flavor. It is light and subtle rather than in your face fruity. This rum is not sweet at all. It is lush and full on the tongue. It makes a lovely sipping rum, but I had to try this in a cocktail, too.
Pineapple Breeze Drink Recipe
This is light with deep rum flavor in the follow through. Subtle coconut and fresh pineapple weave together, layering flavor throughout the drink. Excellent for spring and summer sipping on a sunny deck in the summer sun. Yum!
Pineapple Breeze – recipe by Cheri Loughlin
1-1/2 ounce Plantation Pineapple Stiggins’ Fancy Rum
2 ounces Coconut Juice
1 ounce Pineapple Juice
Combine all ingredients in a rocks glass over ice. Stir briefly. Enjoy deeply.
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Cheri Loughlin is the Omaha writer and photographer behind www.intoxicologist.net and author of Cocktails with a Tryst: An Affair with Mixology and Seduction. You can email Cheri with comments and questions at email@example.com.