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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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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).
This rum is okay, funky, vanilla, complex and balanced in every way. Phenomenal balanced rum, not overoaked, just perfect
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! 🏴☠️
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.
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.
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.
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.
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+
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