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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.
Tasty, but not quite great
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
In my opinion, this is a big step up from the basic. Has a nice flavour and no harsh finish. I like the flavour imparted from the barrels.
Its okay, it is not the 12 it has the signature appleton taste but is common with their rums.
This is a good entry mixer and you will not be disappointed. Compare it with montgay eclipse and it will be good to discuss the difference with friends as they are good mixers with great distinctive taste.
screw top cap works for this rum.
I went on a limb and tested out the reserve for the first time last night. I am not overly impressed, but I have never been a huge fan Appleton rums to begin with. But all in all, the rum is not bad. I tried it solo and then tried it with a but of ginger beer/ale with a slice of lime (how I like to drink my rum). It has that distinct Appleton nose of what I feel stands out is a molasses syrupy and fruity smell to it. The taste is smooth with a sweet oaky/wood flavour to it but feels a bit watered down and lacks depth within the flavour. I'm glad I tried but Appleton continues to just not do it for me...
This is the next best thing.
Shares a lot of good qualities with the 12 but a clear step down.
Nose: Nice and funky grass and fruit.
Feel: A bit too much up front bite but it makes up for it with the long tail of flavours you get with an Appleton.
Taste: A little wood, but mainly caramel and that grassy funk from before.
Presentation: You can't complain about much at this end of the market.
Price: 31 Canadian. Just spend the extra few dollars and get the 12.
This is by base for good rum. Great price point and Appleton makes a great product. I try to find the reserve when I can. I'd like to fine more Appletons to try.
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