Plantation Rums are a collection of unique Caribbean treasures. Every barrel is individually sampled and only those that are of exceptional quality, showing traditional characteristics of the area of production, are selected to bear the Plantation name. Freshly cut sugar cane from the various plantations are pressed to extract the sugar crystals, and the juice is slowly heated to become molasses which can then be fermented. The time of fermentation and methods of distillation vary depending on the distillery and country of origin: pot stills for a round, aromatic rum; and column stills for lighter, more elegant rum. After distillation, Plantation Rums are aged for a number of years in oak barrels in warm Caribbean cellars and then transported to the cool, ancient cellars of Chateau de Bonbonnet in Cognac. The ageing process is finished more slowly, including a period in Cognac casks, giving them a soft and balanced finish.