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Now, first off I must say that I did this right. I had never tried Appleton and had gone straight to the 21-year blend for starters. Good choice because the 21-year is nothing short of amazing. But this review is about the 12-year, isn’t it? And that’s where Appleton truly excels here. The 12-year Rare Blend has much of the same identical characteristics as the 21...yet different. A little more burn, a little less underlying flavor notes. Same fruity funk that’s in the higher blends...overall a winner. Being from the South, I’ve even tried it making sweet tea, some call Planter’s Punch...or grog. It’s good. Yeah, it’s light years better than using sugar. Where others taste orange peel, I taste something like snapple, very similar to the older blends. This rum, to put it bluntly, kicks ass. Joy Spence is a champion mixer and this blend is street worthy and classy all the same. At just under $40 a bottle, you can’t beat it. Delicious.
A good friend poured me some. I was a bit torn it was a little harsh to sip on but to pricey to mix. It did have a nice aroma and made a nice rum n’ coke. But for a good mixing rum there are far better and cheaper bottles out there.
Dry, smooth and tasty.
I feel a little fresh grass on palate. Long aftertaste.
Distillate is different from rum made in the Caribbean.
A bargain for the product it is.
Very specific taste. Too much of alcohol. Not for me.
Just added the extra point after more sips. Pretty complex, intriguing taste. It needs a bit of time to evaporate the alcohol.
Especially for that price!
To be fair, I can't really claim that this Appleton's "best offering", because this is my first from them. But it's one hell of an introduction for sure. I mean I'm giving it a 9! It's sweetness is surprising, as well, given the fact that it has very few or no additives. This is just a pure, aged rum, as they should be.
(Ron Zacapa should take some notes.)
I definitely recommend it as a sipper. Mixing with this one would just feel wrong, even at that price. It's too good to mask that flavor with something else...
All’inizio ha un profumo forte, sembra di plastica. Lascia un buon sapore in bocca.
Delightful sipper - currently my favourite with rich molasses and complex sweetness. Perfect night cap when my wife is drinking Scotch
Well balanced, not sweet. What I expect from an Jamaica-rum...I like it
Notes of ripe banana and some vanilla on the nose. Smells sweeter than it tastes on the palate (which I so not mean as criticism). Nice taste with some some tobacco-ish overtones, has some alcoholic burn stronger than, say, an El Dorado or a Diplo.
De los mejores rones de 12 anos, buen aroma y cuerpo, no raspa, sabor de madera y canela al final. Muy recomendable por el precio.
I bought a bottle of this for my birthday as i saw it in Tesco on sale for £30 so thought i would give it a shot without knowing much about it. I normally enjoy any rum anyway so didn't mind the risk of a blind buy. The flavour in the initial mouthful is fairly good but the finish when you swallow is quite incredible! I am not an expert in notes and flavours etc so i do not know what this is but damn, does it taste good! It is not that sweet and has a nice dry oaky taste and is practically a glass of heaven when a single ice cube is added. I have tried about 20 rums now and at the time of writing, this remains in my top 3 due to that fantastic finish. I definitely want to try some of that Joy anniversary blend!!
Jamaican rums are undoubtedly good and very well balanced. This is pure Jamaican funk. Just try it and you’ll love it!
The first randezvous was quite unpromissing. It smelled like typical rum (overripe banana). A few sips later it revealed much more coplexity, fruitiness and some strange but pleasent, hogo like flavours. Classic, elegant, balanced. Dry but not too much. Highly recommended.
Classic Appleton taste without the harsh. Not too sweet, well balanced. Really smooth on the tongue compare to its younger brothers. I enjoy it on the rocks.
Purchased for $31.99 in PA. The nose is rather mild. Upon tasting, the flavor is rather faint. Thin body and finish for an ABV of 43%. I expected more from a well known brand. UPDATE: After having this for a while, I have updated my rating from 6 to 7. It does grow on you after a while.
very tasty and good smelling...like it..due to its strenght (43%) still smooth..
I've drank the 21and think for a third of the price this holds it own, dry and bold with a great nose it's a must try.
Nice taste for start of degustation. Is very dry, but not bad.
The best for the price for me. Very spicy and smooth. This is a hit in a rum industry.
I've had many Appleton rums, and they all have that distinctive Appleton flavor. This one is no exception.
Nice deep golden color. Strong aroma. Smooth, but with a bite at the end. Lingering tastes, that orange hanging on. Slight burn in the throat. It's a stronger and more complex taste than the V/X.
Very nice rum.
I thought this one won't be good when I first taste it but on the second/third thought this one is really good. Recommended to leave it breath for 5-10 minutes before drinking...
Appleton also makes a 12 year old that is not labelled "rare". This is not the same expression as the other 12 year old and despite the label "rare" is inferior in taste.
No Sugar added; great nose/taste, very fruity - that's rum for me. Price is awesome for this Jamaican Perfection. Cool Man ;)
Zusammen mit dem Flor de Cana 12 ist der Appleton Rare Blend 12 Years mein Favorit. Da ich Rum nur pur trinke hat er alles, was das Trinken eines Rums als Erlebnis gelten lässt.