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Never has a rum intimidated me so much to taste it - I felt almost unworthy. I'm a fan of Jamaican rum and Appleton in particular, however, I really didn't enjoy it all that much. To me, it actually tasted like it spent too much time in the barrel (gasp). This rum is rich, dark, and smooth, but the oak and smoke overpowered my enjoyment. Glad to have tried it, consider it a good rum, but wouldn't spend the money on it a second time.
For a rum that has spent as long in oak as this one (minimum of 50 years, maximum of 55) Appleton Estate 50 Year demonstrates true elegance. Wonderfully balanced this rum shows a beautiful spice and citrus entry which is rounded out by the oak and then an incredibly long finish with hints of tobacco.
Very nice sweet and smooth aroma with vanilla tones. Taste is same perfect ballanced, complex and swweter (but no too much) turning in wooden tannine aftertaste (aftertaste similar to 30y).
I was so lucky to get and taste one sample.
In honor of Jamaica's 50th celebration of independence, the iconic Appleton Estate brand of rum was issued -- a very limited release of a 50 year old rum -- to commemorate the special occasion.
The Appleton Estate 50 Year Old Jamaica Rum, known as Jamaica Independence Reserve, comprises rums which have been aged for a minimum of 50 years in oak barrels. The rums that make up this blend were specifically set down to age to celebrate this important occasion.
This very rare, limited edition rum was launched on June 7, 2012 at Jamaica House in Kingston, Jamaica and was attended by a number of dignitaries including the Prime Minister of Jamaica, the Most Honorable Portia Simpson-Miller.
Incredible flavor, beautiful aroma, and splendid color
Don't worry about a 'ting a ling a ling. Umthandi zintho
Big... Quite simply put. Obviously having been in wood for so long the oakiness is strong. Has a smokiness, almost like cuban cigars and a subtle bitter chocolate note to match.
But not perfect as those woody notes tend to dry it out too much, not letting enough of the sweet molasses flavour Appleton is famed for to come through.
So, I've been a rum conissuer since 2010....by no means an expert, but I have had more than my fair share of rations. All this to say that my review isn't based on the jaw dropping price or the age statement. ....strictly on taste. I shared my small 100ml sample bottle with a rum group at Appleton Estate and Joy herself. But don't get your hopes up.....I brought this bottle from home (not something the Distillery will have). My first thoughts when tasting is how amazingly smooth it is.....then realizing that there is a noticeable lack ok heavy oak (especially for such a long aging time). Next the flavors hit....chocolate, toffee, and honey tones. This was an utmost relief as I blindly purchased two full size bottles without having tasted the rum inside. So I am relieved to know I now own two bottles of what I consider to be the best tasting rum ever!
Nose: Honey, molasses notes accompanied by banana, mild spices.
Palate: Maple syrup, cinnamon, vanilla, banana and honey.
Finish: a very nice and very long finish.
"With only 800 bottles released worldwide, and the UK being allocated just 40..."
"Thecocktailgeak Appleton Estate 50-year rum Rating"
Good things come to those who wait....
"Graeme from the Edinburgh Whiskey Blog reviews Appleton Estate 50-year rum"
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10 out of 10 because of everything it is!! 10 out of 10
Now Im not just throwing full marks at this because its fifty years old, but the concept of it does get it at least 1 point. The oldest rum available to buy and as there are only 500 of the 800 bottles made still available im not sure im even going to get the chance to try this again! Lucky enough to be part of a private tasting which was awesome, i was really able to take my time and enjoy this one properly. As you can imagine with a rum of this age its very dark mahogany appearance and incredible legs show off the viscosity before sticking your nose into that powerful oak with a balanced undertone of cinnamon and vanilla alongside of touch of citrus zest which follow into tasting the first sip. Incredibly smooth and long lasting, it really is a lovely finish on such a remarkable product. And the complexity of it all i must add really worked with the rich dark chocolate that was handed out with it. Although i only had a nibble before finishing my rum, it really did bring out the sweeter notes of cocoa and caramel which were rounded off beautifully. Spose i should get saving if i want one of my own... :-D