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I have been hesitant for quite some time to buy a bottle of this and rate it. Appleton claims that it is a replacement for it's V/X that has been discontinued. Well, not exactly! The average age of the rums being blended here are a few years younger than the old V/X. This was a strictly cost cutting measure from Appleton.
Pouring some into the snifter shows it to be a deep orange color with faint aromas of hogo funk. Somehow, this blend retains some of the hogo funk on the palate. I now have no regrets in buying it.
With six ingredients to blend all of the flavors into a Mai Tai, I would gladly use this one instead of a more expensive Jamaican rum. As for sipping this one neat, spend a few more dollars to get their Reserve Blend. Their 12 Year Rare Blend is almost twice the price of this one, but I now have this Signature Blend ranked only one point below it. The Reserve Blend is the best bang for the buck when it comes to Appleton Estate rums, but it is also much harder to find.
Why they have even made this?!?!? Pass years I have had this feeling that the quality of Appleton has gone down. Even their 12-years old does not taste as it used to.
I was expecting little more when I decided to taste these "relatively new ones" Signature and Estate Reserve Blend. Same crap both of them.
I love Appleton Signature for tiki drink mixes, this is why I give it an 8...why bother spending more if you are mixing it. Sure you could get a 12 year Appleton and it is great but when the other ingredients blend the tiki Gods are smiling:) Aloha from West Palm Beach Fl!
This is not a rum that makes a bold statement or gives one a hint of any specific flavor or aroma. It is not a sipping rum after a good dinner with good company. I give it a 6 because it's a good every day rum that, for me, mixes well with a Pepsi after a long day at the office.
I'm having trouble finishing off my 1.75L of this stuff. It has a horrible metallic finish and aftertaste even when mixed. Starts good and smooth but what it ends with does not make one want to take another sip.
Tastse like a high quality rum should taste. I usually only use this rum in cocktails but it's actually ok for sipping. It's not the best but considering value for money I wouldn't mind adding it to my collection
I bought this rum when I asked for a good sipping rum, the man who usually suggests really good rums told me it was one of his favorites. First reaction when opening the bottle, my roommate could smell it from 6 feet away. It almost reminds me of a weaker Bacardi 151. I would not recommend.
Horrible smell, bad taste, really rough on tongue, also in neck. No specific flavours, no reason to drink.
I'd heard about Appleton's years ago in NY. So when I found a bottle at the ABC by my buddies house i bought. As my title says.... especially for the price. On the bright side it ain't gasoline. Easy to drink however you like, even as a Cuba Libre. My biggest complaint was that it had very little body and flavor. What was there was pleasant enough and a decent choice for the start up rum drinker.
has that hogo funk you look for in a Jamaican
taste - smooth, bananas, orange, vanilla
Nice mixer, wished I saved some so I could compare with J Wray Gold. Used up my bottle making a nice Mai Tai with Clement.
At first the scent comes off as if it were going to be harsh, but then you take a sip and you figure out it’s just the strong spices coming out, with a medium caramel. The rum goes down smooth, not what I was expecting. For 20 dollars, it’s definitely better than captain org. and Bacardi spiced.
I’m happy with this rum. Good staple rum. It has that English style strong molasses flavour. Not complex if your looking to disect it’s flavour but still great on the rocks for something nice and reasonably priced.
Enjoying my current bottle
I'll be the first to admit that I'm not a huge fan of Appleton rums. But as far as Appleton rums go, this isn't bad!
Smells and tastes of oak, spice, and orange peel with a hint of molasses. It's not as good as the Reserve Blend and definitely not as good as the 12 year, but it's not that far behind.
If you like the Appleton rums more than me, you should like this just fine. If you don't like the Appletons (like myself), then you might consider spending more on the Joy Anniversary blend, which is a nice step up from the other Appletons.
Given that I enjoy sipping on rum rather than use it for mixing I did not expect this rum to be a winner. Glad I only purchased a 375 ml bottle as this is well below the Appleton Rare Blend 12 year rum which I despised. This is a pretty awful rum on its own.
Opět jsem byl podroben slepému testu. Kamarád nakupoval v bezcelní zóně v Egyptě, a tak jsem se zase rád nechal překvapit, co si dovezl.
Alkohol: 40 %
Aroma: První přivonění...že by karibský rum? Voní nějak povědomě. Koženě pomerančové, nasládlé aroma. Postupně se přidává koření, hlavně skořice. Trochu až vánoční nádech, marcipán, karamel. Vůně je OK. (84 b)
Chuť: Oproti vůni je ale v chuti dost suchý. Koření, kůže a pomeranče ale zůstávají. Jen bez sladkosti. Dochuť je pak hřebíčková. (78 b)
Shrnutí: Podle vůně povědomé, po ochutnání už si ale jistý nejsem. Každopádně tipuju karibský rum. Přesnou destinaci si ale netroufám hádat. Něco základnějšího, ale může být odkudkoliv.
Always heard good things about Appleton. But I have to say this rum is trash. Horrible taste and has a small to match. It is ok as a mixer if you please. However for the price you can get a better rum for cheaper when it come to mixing.
It was a gift from a friend who went to Jamaica, so I do not want to be too critical. It was very strong straight and much better mixed.
Very very and once again very bad rum. Strong alcohol taste ... nothing for me.
Received again as a gift :) Maybe good for mixed drinks or with Coke, of course on the rocks!
After my disappointment with Appleton's 12 year old rum I have stayed away from this brand. However others have liked it so I bought a bottle on the way home from BVI. I am no connoisseur, but I do enjoy this rum. Taste is good but not as smooth as some. However in this price range it's a good pick.
A harsh rum with the smoothness of 120 grit sandpaper. Somewhat pleasant aroma but less flavor and more of a whiskey taste.
Great mixer, if you don't feel like thinking about what to buy, buy this.
Very good for AE’s basic rum! Smooth, great in a rum cocktail, & even works on the rocks in a pinch. Upgrade to the Reserve Blend when you can, but you’ll enjoy this “one size fits all” rum! 🏴☠️
This is fantastic stuff. Mixes really well and can be a supper too. Smooth but with character. Not very flammable. Not too sweet. Not too funky. Not too heavy. Great flavor. The average rating here is low in my opinion.
Bought this on a whim after spotting it in a super market.
It’s many years since I last tried it, and I’m pretty sure it’s going to be a while before I buy again.
Good with coke, but far too harsh , for me, to drink neat, as I prefer to take my rums.
Appleton’s, like I imagine for a lot of people, is where my rum journey started many years ago.
Use as a mixer by all means