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Appleton Estate V/X rum is comprised of 15 rum blends that have been distilled from molasses in copper stills and aged between 5-10 years in oak casks (hence the "V/X"). After blending, Appleton V/X receives additional aging to unite the flavors before bottling.
Mix with 1/2 a lime and some cane juice and you have a great daiquiri with just enough cask flavor to stand out and give some depth. Not too shabby.
Appleton was the rum that started it all for me. I distinctly remember being 15 and having a buyer get me this rum. The idiot walks in with a my 20$ bill outward all scared and we take a trip down the liquor isle looking like whores in church. At a very high volume he goes IS THIS THE ONE DAD WOULD LIKE. Me and this guy look nothing alike so even Helen Keller could see we were pulling something. Yes that is what DAD (me) would like. I still have that bottle half full today 8 years later and will never drink it for nostalgia. Appleton has a distinct smell that can only be described as "appleton". Its a dry wood molasses kind with a hover of alcohol in it. Right off the bat you can tell its gonna be a dry rum. Taking a swig of appleton straight isnt the greatest idea. Its harsh on entry then smooth then harsh then smooth then harsh. But appleton has the most distinct flavour barrel of them all. Its an oak but its not like the basic oak barrel wearing her yoga pants and northface (if you get that props to you). The appleton oak is smokey and you can tell many other batches were made. Not a lot of sweetness but it teeters on just the right amount of dryness. Its not very complex in its nature, just very distinct. In coke it really hails high though. Because the harshness is gone and what you have left is the distinct Appleton flavor. Honestly though with appleton its best sticking with the v/x and not bother with the 8 year, Reserve or 12 year because they all honestly taste the same, shoot for the older years like the blend and 20 year. All I know is some day I will go to an auction and adopt the 50 year as my only child. Until then !
I gave this rum 6 stars as it's not quite great however it's not quite bad either. For me it's sort of a good middle of the road rum. The flavor has notes of vanilla, toffee, caramel and some ripe fruits. For the simple cocktails, using this as a Rum an Coke for me is not so great. It feels like it is lacking. However in more developed cocktails as a Blood Orange cocktail, maybe a Rum Punch, or a Mai Tai. This rum also goes well with Apple juice.
After reading good reviews & my mates talking it up like the best drink ever I think I expected more. Not keen on it myself. It's good to have on the self so I can keep friends happy. Then go drink the better rums for myself.
This rum is pretty smooth for not being as sweet as I am used to. It is hard for me to just mix it with my Sprite, it is just a little too harsh. Now, when I make a rum sour, it mixes almost magically. I would suggest using this with mixes that include more acidity. Things with pineapple would probably work really well.
It a good version for drinking on the rock but still it will not be disrespected if you mix it.
It is not a sweet rum, this follows the classic school, strong, dry but with a special smell that makes it worth to try
Rhum agréable, sur les fruits secs, les épices. On peut y aller les yeux fermés vu son prix. Bien fait, pas transcendant tout de même
Buy this if you want to mix a lot drinks for your garden party. But dont expect to be blown away by complexity and lingering flavours.
I lost my rum-drinker's virginity with this one. It was not that horrible nor painful, but also nothing of a "wow" type. But i like to remain this memory, its a fine basic rum.
I found Appleton Estate V/X Rum quite light in texture which I like with upfront flavours and an okay drink with coke. The thing that sets it apart from the usual popular £15 - £20 brands in the supermarket brands is potential. I can imagine that if let to mature for some years it would deliver on aroma and flavour. Overall a good rum mixed with coke.
Used to drink this in university sometimes and had good memories. Bought a bottle recently and was a little disappointed. It's a little bit better and a little more expensive than your mainstream buys.
Nice rum, but a bit oily. With some water/coke the oilyness is no longer a problem though.
Has the kick to it as you'd expect from a Jamaican rum. Give it a 6 as its not good enough as a sipper.
If you are looking for a quality everyday drinking rum, look no further than the V/X. Great entry level drink with a nice amount of age.
I wish I had more of this stuff, but I don't at the moment. It was so good, me and a mate drank the whole bottle in 1 sitting.
Really enjoyable...Drank it with ice and a mixer (Coke Zero).
When mixing, this will succeed, when mixing with other rums, it'll do even better. It is okay neat, but not its strongpoint. This can mix with almost any flavor and stay pleasant.
I love Banana and caramel aftertaste , but the first sip has not fully convinced me. I think in the same category, there are many more great rums. Good choice for the price
Back when I was so much younger then today; this was my first try at a premium rum for mixing. My parents use to keep a bottle on hand for house guests. Needless to say; some of it may have gone missing over the years.
This was the first bottle that made me realize there was a difference between rums like this and rums like Lambs, Bacardi and Cpt. Morgan.
Though I don't drink this very often anymore; there will always be a place on my shelf for the VX as a mixer.
The color and aroma of Appleton V/X is as good as any rum I have but taste and after burn are not as good as its 12 year old brother or other high end rums. But when you consider that a bottle is only $16, this one is definitley worth having it in your rum cabinet.
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