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Appleton Estate Special Gold rum is made using column and pot stills. The rum is then aged in Jack Daniel’s whiskey barrels and hand-blended.
The Special Gold Appleton brand is said to have been first blended during World War II as a substitute for whiskey, which was at the time difficult to find.
Easily consumable in a bind
Kind of harsh and strong burn going down. Doesn't really pack much flavor due to the limited time resting in barrels. Definitely a rum to be mixed, never enjoyed neat. Basic rum for having at home to make rum and cokes since the rum will set you back about $15 or so. I would definitely spend a little more and get a decent rum that can be enjoyed neat as well as mixed in your favorite cocktail. Diplomatico and Flor de Cana come to mind.
Sugar 0 GPL.
Should be in a thin bottle to match the thin taste. Use a mixer, and with the thin taste you will need to add a bit more than usual. A friend had this in a Mojito and I tried one as well. Hard to taste any rum and I watched the bartender make it. Tried it neat and the taste was there for a moment and then it was gone. Not offensive in taste but it does compete with the Bacardi mixing rums, and for fans of Appleton's on vacation, I can see why it's used.
It's not the best rum I've ever had but it is one of my favorites. Mainly because I only drink it when I'm in Jamaica. It's not the smoothest of rums but mixes well with just about anything.
"Easily consumable in a bind" is apt if you drink it as a mix. When we were in Mexico in Sept 2016, the bartender questioned whether I really wanted this "on the rocks?" He was right and got a good tip for his warning.
If you are looking for a "gold" mixer, or a good jamaican style mixer this is a great option. It does have its own specific flavor that seems to generate love or hate, but I find that for a well rounded Tiki collection this is a great option.
"It is young and raw and slightly heavy on alcohol but it does still have rich banana, honey, a little treacle and of course that unmistakable and almost undescribable Jamaican funk."
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