- 20th Anniversary: Holy shit. BIG. Makes one of my current loves, Dictador 12, seem restrained. Will probably pick this up in its 700mL form at some point.
Plantation 20th Anniversary is certainly a nice one.
Dictador is a curious one. Some years back it seemed to appear out of nowhere primarily in Europe (although it is in the US and elsewhere now) with its slick looking package and largely made up story about Severo Arango y Ferro, the "Dictador" in Cartegena. Made by Destileria Colombiana in Colombia this brand appeared about the same time their primary brand of rum, Ron Baluarte, disappeared. Coincidence? Probably not!
Some speculation that the story of good old dictator Severo is a complete fabrication as well.
Its one of the "solera" style rums and rather like Zacapa the number on the bottle reflects the oldest rum in the bottle and doesn't indicate the real age of the rum. I have only tried samples a few times but I was a bit underwhelmed with it.
At $45-50 a bottle for the Dictador 12 and $60 for the Dictador 20 it isn't one I look for. Give me El Dorado or a nice agricole everytime. Its slick packaging and largely fabricated back story probably don't help much either.