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Recommendable to most
This rum reviews much better than it tastes...for me. I'm still pretty new to aged rums, so maybe my pallet is just still immature. However, I'll have this bottle in my collection for a while. Maybe I'll have an updated review with a better opinion before this bottle is gone. As always, I prefer my rum over ice with a healthy splash of Coke.
The aroma is strong: berry jam. Classic dry taste, 43% burns seriously. It gives warmth and strength. Heavy within normal limits. The effect of confidence, calm.
Very light and "watery" - by watery I just mean not very thick. Just light and airy. But it does have some burn without a lot of deep flavor. It's fine, just not a fan. Would like to try the 21 year though.
Having become a Foursquare fan, I am usually sceptical about blends.
Two things caught my attention and made me reconsider:
Unlike Solera rums, Appleton's age statements are the MINIMUM age of the rum included, not the oldest.
Jamaican law prohibits adding sugar.
The parent company Campari has completed a rebranding process for their 3 younger products in 2019, which now calls this "rare blend". The label has changed - the contents has not.
Nice cardboard tube, chunky bottle, makes a nice present. Screwcap. Aged in American oak after blending.
Dark amber / mahagony colour.
Lovely complex nose of ripe fruit and nuts.
The typical Jamaican funk of volatile esters is very restrained, not the bursting over ripe banana of a Hampden or Mezan. It delivers the aromas gently and beautifully.
Same in the mouth. Gentle, full aromas, not overpowered by the 43% alcohol.
The fruity notes carry over into to woody tones from the oak barrels, which linger.
This is a dry rum (sweetness 1/5)
In summary a very high quality rum full of flavour but of understated Jamaican character.
Considering that in 2019 it costs around £35 in the UK, maybe it should score a 9. Great stuff.
It’s a decent rum,you can buy better for ‘this price...It’s definitely a sipping rum..complex with a long aftertaste...I like it BUT there is something odd when I taste it...I can’t describe it but something destroys my taste in it
Assemblage de rhums de mélasse de 12 ans, titre 43°.
Design : belle présentation, étui et belle bouteille 'appleton estate', le rhum a une jolie couleur ambre.
Nez : assez piquant, après aération, vanille, fruits secs.
Bouche : miel/caramel, huileux puis boisé, suivi de tanins et d'une forte présence de l'alcool.
Finale : long, notes de réglisse.
Un peu sucré (caramel?), cet appleton estate 12 ans est très recommandable.
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