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Appleton Estate 50-Year Rum was crafted in 1962 to celebrate Jamaica's full independence from Britain. Barrels were set aside to age with the intention of bottling the rums decades later in celebration of the country’s 50th independence anniversary.
According to plan, Appleton Estate announced the sale of 800 bottles of this 50 year old rum in June 2012. Aged over 50 years, this rum is the world’s oldest barrel-aged rum.
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
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.
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.
Unlike most of the reviewers here I am lucky enough to own bottle #18 of 800. I was originally worried it was going to be too oaky as the 30 year old is to me but was pleasantly surprised at the drink ability of this rum. The bottle is now half empty and that should tell you all you need to know.
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!
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