Its name, Xaymaca, is derived from the designation the Arawaks—the first inhabitants of the island, gave it. It reflects the goal of this drink: to return to the roots of Jamaican rum, with all of its intensity and complexity.
It has an ABV of 43%, and aged in Bourbon casks in Jamaica for one to three years, then transferred to Ferrand casks and aged for one year in France.
It gives complex aromas, slightly smoky with fruity, herbal notes, and eventually evolves to give aromas of vanilla, bitter orange peel, ripe pineapple, and cooked banana. It’s dry on the palate, with starting notes of rose water, soursop (guyabano), apricot, and pear. The flavors eventually grow into notes of coconut milk, balsam, bread, allspice, and nuts.
The Plantation Xaymaca Special Dry is perfect to enjoy dry, or with a large ice cube. You can add a splash of water as well, to really bring out the smokiness. It’s also a great addition to cocktails, like a Xaymaca Collins. All you need is to combine Plantation Xaymaca Special Dry, simple syrup, and lime juice in a glass filled with ice. Stir it all together, and top with soda. Enjoy!
It was in 1989 that Alexandre Gabriel discovered Maison Ferrand. One of the oldest spirit brands found in the Cognac region, it had a glowing reputation but sadly, was not doing too well. Alexandre saw an opportunity, and bought the brand.
But who is Alexandre Gabriel? He is an entrepreneur with a tireless passion for incredible rum and cognac. His curiosity is what drives his never-ending search for the best rums. In 1990, he combed the Caribbean to taste and experience the incredible rums of the region—not just for their flavors, but for the processes. He dedicated 15 years of his life to perfecting his rum-making, and it was all worth it.
In 2012, Alexandre was given the award Master Rum Blender of the Year at the Golden Rum Barrel Awards. The American Distilling Institute also named him Distiller of the Year.
Presently, he has become a name in the spirit industry, garnering praise from all over. His passion as president and owner of Maison Ferrand has birthed—and continues to grow, three major spirits under the brand: Ferrand Cognac, Citadelle Gin, and Plantation Rum.
Store your bottle upright in a cool, dark place, ideally between 12 and 15°C. Unopened bottles can last for an indefinite amount of time, but the closer you get to the bottom third of the bottle, please consume quickly to prevent oxidation and taste alteration.