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This one exceed my expectations for this price. Good sipper
This is something different than what I usually drink. Im more into the spanish type of rum but this one really had me open my eyes to jamaican rum and the english style. But the screw cork is a big minus!
Bought this with some vouchers i had and for £38 it’s not that great. Quite rough on the palate and with some slight burn. It’s ok but not great.
Needs to breathe a bit before sipping. Good for the price and worth buying.
Nice and spicy (hot pepper) ! perfectly balanced, smooth and punchy at the same time ! Great value !!!
The bottle isn't anything special, kind of hard to grasp so afraid of dropping the bottle when pouring with one hand(not important).
The aroma is very sweet, not so stingy as other rums with 43% alcohol can be.
Its mid-range smooth taste that's very enjoyable.
What makes this rum special is that it's a really good rum for the price. Its never going to be better then the more expensive options even tho it can be for some. But at this price range it is a very good and affordable rum.
Lesser sweet with strong bark taste. More likely like cognac. Ideal with cigar.
El color del Ron que refleja la botella es bueno, presenta un ron de buena coloración y cuerpo.
Al olfato es muy bueno, se perciben notas achocolatadas.
Al gusto tiene un comienzo dulce que deja percibir chocolate, caramelo y madera.
Un buen Ron.
On the dry and spicy end of the rum spectrum. Bitter finish. Neat addition to any collection at a reasonable price
Fine for sipping. Nothing extraordinary. At $40CAD at the LCBO it's an excellent choice for the price. For the same price one can get the El Dorado 12, so if you're into sweeter rums get that one.
This is “The”Jamaican Rum that all other Jamaican rums should be judged by period!!
Another rum I will claim is essential to any serious rum-lover's bar. It is heavy, with much complexity and funk. Unique and engaging on its own, and pure magic when mixed...
It is the benchmark for an entry-level Jamaican Rum. No sugar added, funky, oaky, and moderately complex. It mixes extremely well too, with that "hogo" carrying over to enhance the drink. Try in a Maita'i, Jungle Bird, Zombie, Old Fashioned, mixed with coconut water or ginger beer over ice... Its hard to go wrong when mixing. The only thing that would make this rum better, in my opinion, would be to make it pure pot-still.
Not for beginners- very dry - a cube of ice will help mellow it out. Very complex and probably for a more advanced rum drinker who can appreciate a rum without the sweetness that some prefer. Certainly a nice change of pace and a good one for scotch drinkers to try who are interested in sampling rum.
After receiving one of these bottles for Christmas in 2016, I didn't have the heart to open it until I got a second bottle. I got another one last year for Christmas and I didn't hesitate to open it once I got it home. It did not disappoint! This rum was well worth the wait. I can taste the vanilla in this rum; the finish is so nice. This is such a good tasting rum that I really had to dig to find something that I don't like about it and here it is: the bottle has a screw cap. That's it! That's the only thing I don't like about this rum.
There is nothing like that Jamaican dunder funk. Appleton Estate 12 Year Old Rare Blend isn't the funkiest cat in town but he sure is smooth. At $34.00 per 750ml, Appleton Estate 12 crushes the competition in it's price range and many others that are well above it. I can't get enough of the funk, and at this price it is one that I can always (and will) keep on the shelf. If you enjoy funky Jamaican rums, I think the Appleton Estate 12 year old Rare Blend is a "must try".
I went to my neighborhood grocery store to pick up my old favorite Appleton V/X, which I have been drinking from time to time for the past 25 years or so. All they had was the Signature Blend with no age statement or this one. I would not have been pleased with the cheaper one, so I bought this one, which happened to also be on my wish list.
Others have noted a strange funky aftertaste, which is characteristic of Jamaican rums. At first, it was good sipped neat, but nothing to write home about. An ice cube increased the complex flavors, but also the funky aftertaste. This bottle won't go to waste, but I will always stick with their V/X aged between 5-10 years. This one appears to be the victim of being "too long in the wood". This also proves that if it works, don't fix it.
Update 12 days later: I have a love/hate relationship with this totally unique rum. No other rum can even be compared to it. After all these years, other reviewers have finally inspired me to look up the terms "dunder" and "esters", which is what makes Jamaican rums unique. You will have to look those up yourself because that process sounds pretty gross and probably began centuries ago out of economic need instead of adding unique flavors. For those that don't know what Jamaican funky rum tastes like, I would best describe it as mud being mixed with the sugar cane that was distilled to make this rum.
Since my favorite V/X appears to have been discontinued, I may not be buying any more rum from Appleton. Then again, somewhere down the line I may miss this funky one and buy it again.
Lots of burnt sugar and vanilla on the nose. The flavor is dry with lots of charred oak and a bitter aftertaste. Very unique taste and unlike any other rum I’ve tasted.
Very soft, but no lasting flavour... not my kind of rhum
Needs to breathe a bit before sipping. Haven't tried it with a mixer but when neat it's quite strong yet complex. Plenty of aroma and flavour, although there's a hint of nail varnish. Bit of alcohol burn, subdued with a cube of ice. Appleton rums make great mojitos so I might go nuts and grab some mint from the garden.
As part of a rum board, this was my favourite of 4. Nothing truly phenomenal though.
Det här är mer som jag förväntade mig rom som rookie, men fick då en söt rom. Nu förälskade jag mig lite i den söta romen och då blev denna nästan en besvikelse. Men den är god. Ekfatig, med svag fruktighet i bakgrunden. Smaken påminner en del om highlandwhiskey och cognac. Efter 15_20 minuter i glaset hände verkligen något! En sötma framträdde och många nya smaker, ekfatigheten försvann. Vilken förvandling!
Take this one Just before you take a 21 appleton estate. Very Nice flavours comes out after 12 years. One of the best appleton makes
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I wouldn’t call this a sipper rum but it shines in a Pinã Colada. Adds a deep molasses tone and fills in the warmth. Takes you to the beachs of Jamaica. If you are looking for a 12 year sipper the Eldorado will fill that spot but when you want a tropical rum fantasy drink this is your Rum.
The rare 12 year old Appletons is smooth enough to enjoy it's fruit, wood & molasses depth straight, or mix with lime & ginger to get through the bottle in double quick time.