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Appleton Estate 21-Year rum

Appleton Estate 21-Year

Jamaica | Aged

Distilled using small-batch copper pot stills uniquely designed for Appleton Estate, this rum is a blend of several rums aged 21 years in American oak barrels. Once blended, the rum is re-casked for two years to marry the flavors.

Appleton Estate 21-year rum is produced in Jamaica on one of the country’s oldest and most renowned sugar estates. Each bottle is individually numbered and comes with a signed aging certificate by master blender Joy Spence.

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Posted almost 4 years ago by Jim from United States with 3 ratings

This is what rum should be about, mellow and long on flavor. 3 ounces in a tulip glass, 1 large splash of water, 1 ice cube and 2 whiskey stones. Let it sit for about 5 minutes, swirl, inhale, sip, then feel the stress melt away. Best cure I know of for a bad day at work in the Emergency Room.

Musical rating, Jimmy Buffett singing Bob Marley and the Wailers. Best of both worlds!

I ended up painting my home bar in the colors of the presentation box.


Posted over 4 years ago by Geneo from United States with 1 rating

This is my favorite rum and I compare all rums I taste to it. I was raised drinking bourbon but Rum has become my drink of choice. Let's face it, all distilled spirits start as ethanol with the difference being the parent source of it's sugar ( or starch) i.e: corn, wheat, rye, potatoes, molasses, fruit or whatever. The ethanol distilled from these sources will carry some it's parent's distinct flavoring. Other distinctions can be the number of re-distillations, water used to cut or water it down, percent of alcohol in the finished product, if aged, the type of aging. additives introduced that enhance flavor or color and many more processes. With rum, since it's parent is molasses it should naturally have a hint of sweet molasses flavoring and when aged in new white oak barrels or used white oak whiskey barrels it should pick up the flavors left by the whiskey and the charred oak. (Some rums are double casted in oak and then used wine barrels) The aging process should add flavors, color and smoothness, cutting down the harshness we find in fresh distilled alcohol. The Appleton 21 year old is robust, filled with flavor of molasses, and vanilla from the oak, not to sweet and very smooth for a rum but it still has a little bite. It is a rum that when I sip it I get a warm felling throughout my body. Others have commented that the Appleton 12 year old is very similar to taste while quite a bit less expensive. I would agree but find the 21 yr. old more robust enough to pay the difference. Because of the price difference, I do sip the 12 yr. old more often. I give the 21 yr old a 10 as I considerate it the gold standard of rum.


Posted almost 5 years ago by Enzo from Italy with 5 ratings

Once, a person of the staff of appleton told me: "Jamaicans say: white people drink black rum, black people drink white rum".
I don't know if it will be so, but this black rum is very very fine, smooth, warm, flavoured. But what is surprising, is its persistent taste even after half an hour.


Posted almost 6 years ago by Jonathan from Puerto Rico with 13 ratings

The Appleton 21 is quite simply the best rum I've had. I prefer it over whichever Zacapa or other premium rum. It is exceptionally smooth and the taste is fantastic.


Posted over 6 years ago by Gabe from United States with 3 ratings

Warm, woody. Smooth, sweet, crisp. Soft nose. A fine rum for sipping.


Posted over 3 years ago by Alex Campos from Peru with 1 rating

SInce I tried Appleton 21 for the first time I founded completely rounded. The right balance between sweet and dry. An honest rum with a long end full of chocolate and Wood. It is priced US 150 in Lima, Peru. In these years I ve tried more pricey rums, including blind tastings. The 21 never step behind. It is a rum you always want to taste again.


Posted over 8 years ago by from France with 25 ratings

great rum, a masterpiece


Posted 3 years ago by cK from Canada with 65 ratings

Amongst my top 3 rums. Delicious flavour and a treat to sip. Not cheap or easy to find, but worth the splurge for your collection.


Posted 3 years ago by Derek Reeves from United States with 1 rating

This is amazing, with the proper blend of bite and sweetness. I’ve enjoyed Appleton over the years, but my brother and Sister-in-law (she’s Jamaican) introduced me to this rum and it is some of best I’ve had. I’m a great lover of Gosling but Appleton has really grown on me over the years.


Posted 3 years ago by Edward from United States with 1 rating

There is nothing about the Appleton 21 year old rum to complain about. A sipping only rum that defines fine rum. Joyce Spence is a master blender that has only elevated her skills, applied them to Appleton rums, and has staked Jamaican rums as one of the finest spirits on the planet. Spence was not around when I first visited Appleton in 1991 and my mind was blown with a taste of the 50 year Appleton at the time of our tour. My second visit in 1997 was my first meeting with Mrs. Spence. Didn't have the opportunity to taste the 50 year Appleton at that 1997 visit, but the 30 year was available and was absolutely delicious. A small amount in a rocks glass with one large cube of ice, let sit for 5 minutes, swirl and enjoy! It is truly one of the best experiences one can have when imbibing a fine rum. Exceeds aged Scotches, and Cognacs! One taste and your fiends will quickly be Rum aficionados. Enjoy the best rums in the world that only Appleton Estate can provide.