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Appleton Estate 21-Year rum

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 7 months ago by jfmurcia from Jamaica with 55 ratings

Citrus (orange peel), spice and woody (oak) notes. It is a smooth rum with a long after taste. Slightly sweet. Recommended for those of us who don’t like a sweet rum.

Posted 8 months ago by Adrian Adame (PREMIUM) from Czech Republic with 224 ratings

Velmi lahodný, a to jsem moučníkový typ, luxusní Jamajka

Posted 8 months ago by lprgcfrank from United States with 20 ratings

This is my first time trying this rum.
Rich and smooth - full bodied.

Posted at The L Garage 8 months ago by Canadian Captain from Canada with 55 ratings

Deep, golden color. It sparkles in a glass. Wonderful nose, that delicious Jamaican funk, and the subtle orange underneath.
So smooth on the tongue. A tiny bite. Not too sweet. Little burn in the throat, and the taste lingers.
This is the nicest Appleton rum I've had. (Hoping I'll get a chance to try the 30, bit not prepared to pay the price yet 🙂)

You'll want another sip. And another. Then you'll need another glass. Careful opening this around your rum drinking friends, it will be gone before you know it!

Posted 9 months ago by Uuukey from Japan with 15 ratings


Posted 9 months ago by M.R.J. from Finland with 203 ratings

It used to be better, more oaky and showing that 21 years of aging in the tropics, along with mahogany-like finesse of an old Rum, not far from best of the Cognacs. These days a bit more simple, less woody and lacking a bit of the honest character. Wish they made with as a single cask stuff - it would totally rock.

Posted 9 months ago by Tommyo from United States with 10 ratings

The smoothest of the attainable rums by Appleton. The grown up version of the 12.

Posted 9 months ago by Jaybird from United States with 47 ratings

Aromas of oak, cinnamon, brown sugar and lightly fruity. Alcohol is very soft and smooth. No heat to speak of in the aroma. As it sits and opens up a bit more sweetness comes forward in the aroma.
Flavor is warm on the palate. Leather, oak, hints of vanilla, spices. Dry and spicy, little sweetness but not overly dry, bitter or tanic. Good balance. Very smooth, warming but not at all hot. Hints of unsweetened chocolate. Nothing hits you over the head here, just a lot of subtleties that can be hard to pin down. Again as it opens up a bit more sweetness comes to the front but still great balance.
The rum has a medium/long finish that starts a bit sweet and finishes dry. Super smooth here as well. The more you sip the more you want. The longer it sits here in my snifter the more complex and smooth it seems to get. I'd suggest letting it sit and open up in your glass for a good 5+ minutes before starting to enjoy it. You will be rewarded for your patience as the longer it sits in the glass the more complex and enjoyable it becomes.
This is a pricy bottle for sure but every pure rum enthusiast and collector should have a bottle in the collection. It's truly a great rum. To me this sits at an 8.5, not quite an 8 but maybe a bit shy of a 9. So for rating purposes here I vote a 9.

Posted 10 months ago by Dholsbo (PREMIUM) from United States with 6 ratings

It’s real strong but mellows out with a great oak and vanilla after taste drink it on ice.

Posted 10 months ago by RockHaven from United States with 21 ratings

Bought this one on a splurge, because it was such a surprise to see in my local liquor store. High priced for a rum but an extraordinary opportunity to taste a rum at the pinnacle of the industry. Dark amber color. Nose is complex with a mix of tobacco, vanilla, and citrus. On the front of the tongue, nutty molasses and a strong taste of oak (from 21 years!). The finish is long and dry, with lingering molasses. This is the third rum older than 20 years I have tasted and the most expensive. All have been quite dry, compared to solera blends (not surprising, I guess).

Posted 10 months ago by Smovens from United States with 87 ratings

This rum is okay, funky, vanilla, complex and balanced in every way. Phenomenal balanced rum, not overoaked, just perfect

Posted 11 months ago by DjAugust from Hungary with 22 ratings

More dry then expected but a very nice sipping rum. Well balanced, some tobacco-ish overtones.

Posted 11 months ago by Doc (PREMIUM) from United States with 26 ratings

This is a perfectly blended & balanced rum. Smooth, a perfect match of dry & sweet. Not cheap, so this one’s opened for very special occasions! Any rum lover should try this outstanding rum! 🏴‍☠️

Posted 12 months ago by Swervin_Kervin from United States with 44 ratings

My intro to rums long ago was appleton. But than I was introduced to a sweeter variety like the diplomatico or zacapa brands. I find it too dry without a finish calling me back. It just burns without a reward. And for the price I expect more. Mayne if they marketed it as an Agricole I would feel different.

Posted 12 months ago by Nielf from Denmark with 119 ratings

Smagt til romhattens romfestival 2019. Den får en 5'er.

Posted about 1 year ago by Kasper Meijer from Panama with 29 ratings

I like it, but like most Appletons, for me a bit too pungent. Only the 30yo and Joy really do it for me.

Posted about 1 year ago by Mark Halse from Australia with 13 ratings

Another very good rum from Appleton, sweet and smokey with great lingering flavours

Posted about 1 year ago by Morthrag from Switzerland with 90 ratings

Gut ausgeglichen leicht fruchtig etwas süsse Anklänge und gute Holznoten spielen harmonisch Zusammen.
Genau so wünsche ich mir guten Rum und darum gebe ich hier auch 10 Punkte.

Posted about 1 year ago by Philippe Roy from Canada with 32 ratings

I was exited to taste this rum since it was a 21 but i mostly picked up the smell of rubbing alcool. The smell made me less exited especialy for the price i paid for it. This rum is dry and has no added sugar compared to other, but the finish is not great , almost like cheaper rum burning taste.

Posted about 1 year ago by je_farley from United States with 101 ratings

Aroma is one of the best without any sweetness. More subtle on the tongue than most but yet a full body with just a slight burn, very pleasant sipper though I may prefer a touch more sweet with my rum. This is more like a whiskey in some ways. Expensive for a mixer but I tried it with ginger ale, very enjoyable.

Posted about 1 year ago by jeromevryghem from Belgium with 1 rating

Forget Zacapa ! Appleton 21y old is the best by far !

Posted about 1 year ago by GA34 from France with 13 ratings

un bon produit pour découvrir les rhums jamaïcains

Posted over 1 year ago by DucksFan16 from United States with 52 ratings

Compared 21 yr vs the 12 yr. The 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+

Posted over 1 year ago by gsoares from Jamaica with 1 rating

This is one of the best runs ever. It’s very smooth, has a great aroma & goes down very well