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Appleton Estate 12-Year Rum is a blend of several rums aged between 12 and 18 years in American oak barrels after being distilled using small-batch copper pot stills.
The rum is produced on the Appleton Estate, which sits in the Nassau Valley in Jamaica. The estate’s origins date back as far as 1655 when the English overthrew the Spanish to rule the island and Frances Dickinson, grandfather of the distillery’s founders, received the land as a reward for his role in the overthrow.
No surprises here, it's a traditionnal rum. Sugarcane, aromas of molasses, bit vanilla, little burning aftertaste, but overall a good spirit. Nothing fancy.
Didn't like it at first, when I was more into sweeter rums, but I'm now a convert!
Fantastic deep flavour, smooth, warming and with the distinctive Appleton smell.
Wonderful stuff, and for the price a must have on any shelf
This is one of the worst rums in its price category I have ever tasted. How does it taste? It doesnt. It has literally no taste profile, no dominant characteristics, no nothing. It was part of testing plate, and it was probably worst rum on the whole plate. I really dont see any reason why I would ever want to drink this thing again. There was nothing to remember about it. I assume Jamaican style is not for me, because this was so ordinary that it doesnt have any specific taste.
Baseline good rum. Has some complexity over the signature blend, more caramel and a tiny bit of funk at the end. A bit of an all around good sipper/mixer.
kann man durchaus pur geniessen. bevorzuge aber eine cola dazu;)
kein süssrum, holzige note, sehr geschmacksintensiv, kratzt nicht im hals, netter abgang, langanhaltend.
Nose: first to hit your nose is some rather smooth alcohol. Has a lot of sweetness to it, probably molasses and caramel and maybe and some vanilla. Smells oaky and citrusy at the end. Smell is gone pretty quickly.
Taste: sweet, but rather subtle, when it first hits your tongue. Develops into something herbal and spicy, might be some vanilla here. Can’t really identify what’s going on to be fair but definitely very pleasant to sip. Also, oak can be identified.
Finish: first it turns into a slight burn, then a bigger burn and when the burn burns out it turns into a pleasantly lingering sweetness with some spiciness going on.
Final: this is absolutely one the best rums I’ve ever had, without even considering it’s absurdly low price class. It is a very premium sipper and offers quite the complexity and taste to both experienced and unexperienced rum drinkers. Because it’s such a great sipper I kinda feel bad for mixing this, but whenever I taste this mixed drink I instantly remember why I mix this… holy damn this can be used to make some amazing cocktais (absolutely superb Mai Tai WOW!).
Notes: added 3 drops of water and it's been sitting around in the glass for about 10 minutes. Also, I'm an inexpercienced taster so the details might be inaccurate, but it's still really enjoyable for my still-developing palate.
good rum, interesting flavor but could be less strong, for me will be battle
Not sure if it was the steak or the rum. Robust flavor and peppery finish
As you get older ,your pallete changes, as did mine ..I went from white rum to darker rums to spiced rums....and I found this about 10 years ago ...OUTSTANDING .....a real mature rum !!!
Something about the age of rum that excites me ...can’t wait to graduate up to the 18 to 30 year range ...but for now ..APLLETON is KING !
43% jde znát, je ostřejší, ale luxusně podává taky dřevo ze sudu. Bez propolisu, který mně otravoval z Pampero Anaversaro.
On the first try I smell a lot of cocoa. Average taste, no special signature.
Compared 12 yr vs 21 yr. 12 smelled very alcoholic, almost like gasoline and not very pleasant or refined. The 21 smelled much more complex and delicious. The taste of both of them was very similar, but the 21 was much smoother and refined. Diplomatico exclusiva was still much better than both of these. 12 - 75+. 21 - 85+
Prachtige kleur en een heerlijke rum om puur te drinken, zeer smaakvol.
It alright. On the whiskey sid of rums. Oily. Not my stuff. But not too bitty.
At Tweed, Stockholm, 2019
Just the right of rum funk to be interesting without being overpowering. Excellent in a dark and stormy as a funky alternative.
Better then the Reserve Blend or Signature Blend - mild and softer
Goes down rather bitter. Otherwise a good rum. Probably not my first choice in this range. My palate may be off on this one, but it tastes oddly similar to The Real McCoy. Not nearly as smooth though. All that said, it's far from being bad.
First sipping rum I ever tried. I do recall a little after bite with this one. But I’d definitely buy more.
Delicious on its own or over ice. Makes me proud to be Jamaican.
Picked some up while passing through Jamaica and enjoyed it. It’s nothing super special or rare so not the highest rating, but you could do a lot worse.
It’s been years since I had this. Went to Mexico and came back with a bottle. Need to try a couple of other Appleton creations.
Rich, creamy, molasses, biscuity.
Pleasant rum but not exceptional.
not particularly sweet, rather dry,
not full-bodied, not particularly aromatic.
but still a pleasure to drink
A great authentic Caribbean rum. Not over sweet and I enjoy mine with a dash of coke.
But enough about me.
Somewhat oaky on the nose with toffee, pineapple and other citrus and some nuttiness as well as a fair degree of bitterness. Not sweet, this has the Jamaican funk well in evidence.
With a nice long finish this is smooth enough to sip but benefits from being hand-warmed in the glass for 5 minutes. Great in a Mai Tai, as others here have suggested.
I was expecting something a lot better from this rum, being from the caribbean and aged 12 years, but i was extremely dissapointed, real harsh alcohol flavor, cheap liquor at a high price, do not spend your money on this.
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