Appleton Estate Rare Blend 12 Year Old Rum

Appleton Estate Rare Blend 12 Year Old Rum

(0.7l, 43%)


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A brilliantly-aged Jamaican Rum developing a creamy palate with the hogo notes you crave.

Appleton-branded liquid gold has been in constant production here since 1749. Appleton Estate sits in the Nassau Valley of Jamaica — an amazing rain forest with steeply domed hills and narrow valleys filled with some of the finest "terra rosa" soils on the planet. It’s the Napa Valley of Rum… the Champaign region of sugar cane. Appleton put this premium location to good use. They have a complete range of Rum Spirits to choose from light Rum for mixing drinks to intensely flavorful aged Spirits for sipping and savoring.

The formula is simple. Take estate-grown cane, naturally ferment it, distill it exclusively in copper pot stills, and age it in ex-Bourbon casks under the Caribbean sun. And even though the label on Appleton Estate Rare Blend 12 Year Old Rum says it’s been aged for twelve years, that is the youngest Rum in the bottle. In reality it is a blend of Rums aged from twelve to eighteen years. That’s just the way they do things at Appleton, and one of the may reasons that they are one of the premier Rum producers in the world.

Smartass Corner:
"Terra rosa" or "terra rossa" means "red earth" and refers to a rich, well-drained soil with a neutral pH laying over limestone or dolomite in the presence of volcanic ash that encouraged the formation of hematite (an iron ore) in the soil. It is the rusty iron ore that gives the soil a bright red color and it’s perfect for growing certain valuable crops, including sugarcane.
  • Category
    Rum
  • Style
    Dark Rum
  • Region
    Nassau Valley
  • Country
    Jamaica
  • Alcohol
    43%
  • Distillery
    Appleton Estate
  • Age

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spicy
pecan
butter
vanilla
biscuit
banana
molasses
tobacco
oak
What does Appleton Estate Rare Blend 12 Year Old Rum taste like?

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Common Rum classifications: White, Golden or Amber, Dark, Spiced, Añejo and Age-Dated Rums.

Tasting Notes

Appearance / Color
Warm Amber

Nose / Aroma / Smell
The aroma is dense and lightly sweet with notes of brown butter, pecans, vanilla, and allspice.

Flavor / Taste / Palate
The palate opens with a creamy mouth-feel followed by notes of shortbread biscuits, plantains, warm molasses, and lovely back notes of hogo and tobacco leaf.

Finish
The finish is medium-to-long with espresso latte and oak notes.
Ratings & Reviews
Jake
Jake,
Smooth and solid dark rum and also sweet.
 
Benjamin
Benjamin,
Flavorful for a rum - some strong nutmeg and spice notes.
 
Kevin
Kevin,
Sweet and rich. One of my favorites
 
Vincent
Vincent,
Great dark rum
 
Winston
Winston,
Fantastic, well balanced rum for the price.
 
Angel
Angel,
off the bat I smelled caramel and ripe banana with no smell of alcohol. Pleasant to drink taste caramel and not alcohol. Really good to sit down relax and sip while at the beach
 
Quentin
Quentin,
Smooth
 
Judah
Judah,
Smelled like rubber and was very harsh. I was hoping for better. Would only use this as a mixer.
 
Daphne
Daphne,
Warm and sweet like toasted marshmallows. Really fantastic as either a sipper or a mixer. Jamaican lemonade with lemonade, ginger ale and this is a perfect summer, beach cocktail.
 
Matthew
Matthew,
Takes an otherwise ordinary rum (normal Appleton Estate) and adds a depth of oak and subtlety... But still a little bland
 
Matthew
Matthew,
About as good as Rum gets. Strong notes of oak make the rum almost have a whiskey like finish
 
Antti
Antti,
It is a very good, rich, aged rum with a rich birth; while a a thick & creamy life; that leads to a long & dry death with notes of oak, orange & nutmeg.
 
Dustin
Dustin,
Go to rum for sipping
 
Michael
Michael,
I struggled with this when I first tasted it. Not great neat. Not great with a splash of water. But, when I poured some over a large ice cube and let it chill, damn, that's good. There's a lot going on here. Banana on the nose with a sweet and spicy mouthfeel. There's a lot of flavor. I think I'm gonna enjoy this bottle.
Michael
Michael,
Even better in a Rum Old-Fashioned with a teaspoon of Demerara syrup, orange bitters and an orange peel. Enjoy!!
Kristopher
Kristopher,
Love the vanilla!
 
Jason
Jason,
First tine I had this was at a Sandals in Ocho Rios, Jamaica. I brought back 6 bottle and I do so every time I go to Jamaica. This is THE rum. It’s outstanding. I prefer to mix it with a splash of pineapple juice, but it’s just as good on the rocks. Bigger flavor profile than other rum I’ve ever had.
 
Brodie
Brodie,
First time I tasted it wasn't fan but now the flavor has grown on me it is pretty good.
 
Donielle
Donielle,
Had the pleasure of taking the tour in Jamaica. Like our guide said, the bottle has curves and is sexy, so it doesn't need any Pepsi. Definitely a sipping rum!
 
Derrel
Derrel,
Like it. Not much of a rum drinker but keep it for friends who drink rum.
 
Andrew
Andrew,
I'm not all that interested in rums. Unless it's Appleton Estate and then I'm all over it.
 
Mark
Mark,
Found a glass of this with a large rock quite difficult to finish. Did not enjoy.
 
guest
guest,
Not to sweet, very delicious!
 
guest
guest,
I'll need to revisit. I wasn't loving it. The accolades demand another try or two.
 
Max
Max,
Deep and rich with a notably beautiful aroma. Sometimes I just grab the bottle for a pleasant whiff. If I could change anything, it would be a tiny bit softer.
 
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