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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.
Tasty, but not quite great
I really like the way of naming conventions by Appleton! Most of the producers are using just the highest age of their rums, or solera method with highest age, but not Appleton! 12yo is the youngest one ranging from 12-18yo.
Most rum producers also add sugar into their rums to make it more fancy, more stable across batches...not Appleton!
Joy Spence knows the roots of the rums...
I really liked this one as first of Appleton's rums and I am sure I will try/buy also the 21yo (even-though its price tag is quite high).
This one would suite also to whiskey lovers (similar as Pusser's 15yo).
Its price tag is very very interesting! I will get this bottle for sure!
Nose: Full bodied, raising
Taste: its body goes directly into its tail, no such big difference between those two taste-parts. Not sweet, It has the harshness of typical rums. Smoked, oak
Tail: long lasting, the good "alcohol punch"
Bottle: Upper average, the etiquette is nicely made and high-quality (not as Ron Quorhum and other Oliver's..), the only part I dislike is the screw cap.
I like its dark colour however I can't say the same about its aroma. I just don't smell anything in it. Well the taste is significantly better than the aroma - caramel and some nuts. The taste is full with and has a decent finish. For me it is an average rum (well I expected a more complex taste and aroma from a 12yo - without knowing it I'd guess this rum is 7-9yo). It could be good sipping if you don't have much experience with rums and also a good introduction to 12yo rums but nothing more.
Though I find Appleton runs dry, I enjoy them. I agree with an earlier review that a 12 year old rum should have more character but that withstanding this is still a very drinkable rum. Its fairly smooth and displays mild oakiness and vanilla hints. Has a decent finish. Good Value.
Appleton Rum is OK at the best of times. The 12 year old does hold a smoother taste than the regular bottles. Colour is attractive and can be enjoyed on the rocks but there are much better options such as El Dorado 12.
You talk to lot's of people about Rum and they bring up Appleton...why?
Won't turn it down if it was given to me...but not my first choice.
Très bon, un peu plus robuste que les autres 12 ans que j'ai goûté.
Very good, a bit more robust that the other 12yo I've tasted.
Love Appleton Estate products. Excellent price for such an easy drinking rum. Every personal bar should stock this one.
Great crowd pleasing rum.
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