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Appleton Estate Rare Blend 12-Year rum
Appleton Estate Rare Blend 12-Year rum

Appleton Estate Rare Blend 12-Year

Jamaica | Aged

7.4/10 (197 ratings)
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Posted 11 months ago by jamesshaffer (PREMIUM) from United States with 24 ratings

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.

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Posted 11 months ago by AlexMo from Russian Federation with 135 ratings

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.
Awesome tuba.

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Posted 11 months ago by Drewbacca from United States with 12 ratings

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.

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Posted 12 months ago by Hans-Durstig from United Kingdom with 43 ratings

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)
Gentle burn.
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.

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Posted about 1 year ago by henrik pedersen from Denmark with 75 ratings

Hvis man ikke er så meget til rom fra Jamica, er dette en god start.

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Posted about 1 year ago by Zoey from United States with 7 ratings

Such a really solid rum. One of the one's that really got me into sipping. It's still has a perfect taste for the price

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Posted about 1 year ago by Engwild from United States with 153 ratings

It wasn't what I was hoping for for the age, better luck next time.

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Posted about 1 year ago by Panos from Greece with 11 ratings

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

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Posted about 1 year ago by Phil from French Guiana with 146 ratings

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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Posted about 1 year ago by xaveir from United States with 3 ratings

Everything else has been said. Man that acidity really telling of the fact that there must be some rum in this much older than 12yo.