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Appleton Estate Reserve Rum is a blend of 20 different rums of varying ages, the youngest of which is aged eight years in used Jack Daniels whiskey barrels.
This rum is produced in the Nassau Valley of Jamaica on the Appleton Estate from locally sourced sugar cane and limestone-filtered water.
In my 20’s I drank the Appleton Signature (cheapest Appleton) so this is reminiscent of those days but with a bit more flavour and a bit less burn.
Very nice with soda water.
Side note, I popped over to read the reviews of the Appleton Signature and read a bunch of people complaining that it’s not a good sipping rum! What are they thinking? It’s the cheapest offering, why do they think it’s a sipping rum? Too funny.
I use this the Signature and Reserve as an entry level tasting to hogo flavors. While this is definitely hogo in training wheels, it's delicious as a mixer or even on ice.
Appleton for me under excites and find it hard to distinguish a premium from the regular blends and not sure if they have an ultra available for the masses
Not my favorite and definitely not a sipping Rum. It’s nose is much better than the taste and you can definitely taste the alcohol. Mild Vanilla and caramel flavors, goes decent in your favorite Coke like Soda.
If nothing else is available you can usually find appleton gold, reserve or signature blend. All of them are a worthy choice for last resort.
I would say any of these are lightly superior to Flor de can 12 year, and like half the price. A good standby choice.
nice rum with citrussy and funky notes on the nose. The taste is nice and smooth, no real alcohol burn, again some citrus, orange, some banana, and quite some funk. Spicy, medium long finish. pleasant but nothing special.
I rank this up there with Smith and Cross in quality but the two are different styles.
This Appleton is darker and smooth where as the S&C has a kick to it and is lighter.
I would use this more as a go to Jamaican and the S&C for special occasions.
Also tasted side by side with J Wray, defiantly like the more aged Appleton.
This was introduced to me as an upgrade mixing rum from white Bacardi. I really liked it until I tried it as a sipping rum -NOT... very bitter. Still a great flavor with coke or orange juice.
Darker colours than many. Carmel, honey and light flavours. Its not overpowering or heavy on alcohol taste. It is a good one for me for mixing though I prefer Sailor Jerry for that.
Disclaimer: I love Jamaican rums... you may or may not. This is the middle of the road Appleton mass market offering and it is a middle of the road. Regardless, versatile and worthy in any cocktail calling for Jamaican rum; hell, you’ll blow your friends’ minds. No Smith & Cross tho...
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