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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.
Now this is some good stuff
Really good balance between sweet and dry. Nose i sense dried fruit, coconut and matured banana. Deep taste of fruit, spices (pepper) and oak. Classic Appleton and lots of Jamaica feel. Good glass !!
I have quite a little experience with Jamaican rums and the Appleton brand is not one of those typical "funky" products. I am probably not ready to acknowledge the various Hampdenes, Long Pond, etc. yet. So how does it taste?
This is rum of a higher price category, where it has been the youngest ingredient for 21 years, ie no solera! It was stored in small American oak barrels. The alcohol strength is 43%. Rum should not be sweetened or colored.
The bottle looks really luxurious. My bottle number is 16160 and it was bottled in 2017. It has a large wooden cap with a real cork. Inside the tube is still a seal of authenticity of the rum with basic information about the product.
Color: Honey to copper
Smell: In a word, amazing! Probably one of the best I've had the opportunity to test so far. I smelled overripe fruits (bananas, a little orange), cocoa, honey, baked nuts, dry berries (blackberries), lacquered wood, a wooden barrel from a bourbon.
Taste: Drier and slightly pungent at first, although I let the rum stand in the glass for about 10 minutes. After drinking I could smell vanilla, cocoa, overripe fruit (bananas and oranges), oak wood from a spirit barrel, slightly bourbon. After another sip, the taste became very soft and slightly sweeter.
Aftertaste: Long, drier, although slightly sweet and first of all very fine.
Conclusion: The more you taste it, the finer and more tasteful the rum is. Although I still like sweeter (not oversweetened) rums, I am turning to those delicate and drier types. Especially the smell really appealed to me and I definitely recommend tasting of this rum at least.
Overall rating: 9.5 points from 10
Appleton 21 year is rum boogie pirates would probably drink. Tastes of dried fruits, ginger, molasses, tobacco, apples, and a little jamaican funk. If i could, Id fill my closet with it.
I bought this bottle for Christmas. Bottled in 2018, bottle no. 563.
The rum was matured in ex-bourbon barrels. It is a blend of several barrels, each barrel is at least 21 years old. Unfortunately only in 43% strength.
Smell: This rum needs time in the glass, after that it is quite balanced and pleasant on the nose. It combines sweet and heavy flavors. First I notice a mix of wooden barrel aromas and dried fruits with a nice caramel sweetness. At first it develops sweeter and then woody. There are some typical Demerara fruits with a viscous impression.
After that I smell wood polish, orange zest and some leather notes. Some earthy aromas can be found deeper in the glass.
This is a beautiful and complex nose, which at the same time seem dry from the amount of wood. It has also some similarities with the Hearts Collection.
Taste: The taste is heavy and mild at the same time. I get tobacco first, dried fruits like raisins and some caramel sweetness. The tannins develops stronger and stronger, they increase the bitterness. Then I perceive oak with vanilla, which is typical for bourbon cask aging and orange peel with some grape seeds.
The orange zest develop very dominantly and take over the taste, the mouth becomes dry. You can still easily perceive leather notes. The finish is spicy with lots of wood notes, some wood polish, dried fruits, tannins and orange zest.
Aftertaste: dried fruits, wood, orange zest
Conclusion: It is a complex rum that still works well despite being diluted. It is also well suited for beginners to get to know an old, matured rum without being overwhelmed immediately.
This rum has typical aromas of a long tropical aging. Because of this balance and complexity, I would give it 90 points.
I would give more points if it were in barrel strength.
Overall rating: 90 points
Spice: 2.5 / 5
PL (75 €): 5/5
By far the best rum I have had and great value for the dollar. Smooth, savoury, oaky, nice after finish and a distinctive note of its fine age.
I’ve been wanting to have this one and finally got the chance. Beautiful amber color, wonderfully light and fruity nose, fantastic blend of fruit/spice/sweetness. This is a great sipper, hands down. Looking forward to getting my first bottle.
Zatiaľ najlepší Appleton aký som pil. Ani by som nepovedal,že je to typická estetická Jamajka. Je tam uhladený,vyvážený ,že sa pije skutočne ľahko. Jeden z top rumov v cenovke okolo 50-60eur.
"Tropical notes of sweet fruits a little orange zest and some nice notes of tropical fruit. It burns slightly on the finish which is very long and satisfying. ."
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