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This is the new version of the 21 year old rum from Appleton: it has a new bottle with a nice heavy copper top on the cork.
This is some good stuff. Excellent sipper, it's a very well balanced rum. Sweet but not too sweet, fruity, vanilla, moderate burn. One of my favs.
Tasted the older and newer versions of Appleton 21 yr and could not detect any difference between the two. So my narrative for this one is pretty well the same as the older version.
Just had a glass of Appleton 21 yr rum and it is indeed really good. In comparaison to the 12 & 15 year versions I find it more complex and smoother. The difference, however, is not as much as I had expected. Is it worth the difference in the price? I don’t mind to pay a higher price for the 21 as it is a treat for me but don’t know if I would if this was my go to rum. Excellent bu5 pricey.
This is one of the best rums in the world. Simply a masterpiece. A deliciously sweet rum (no sugar added), with flavours of vanilla and chocolate, together with some banana (especially in the aftertaste). A lot of oak in both nose and mouth, but never excessive, since everything is perfectly balanced. The aftertaste is sweet and “funky”, slightly warm. The bottle is numbered and comes with a certificate of ageing. Highly recommended to every rum lover. Expensive, but definitely worth it
Ps: “Appleton Estate Nassau Valley Casks 21-Year” is just the new version of the normal “Appleton Estate 21-Year”. It’s the same rum but with a new bottle and a new package, so my rating and my review are the same of the old bottle. The new bottle and package are very beautiful, but so were the old ones. Just like in the older version the bottle is numbered and comes with a certificate of ageing
Update: the more I have this, the more I appreciate its complexity. Rums at this price point are ideal as gifts, and the presentation of this rum is great. Beautiful box and without a doubt the best and heaviest cork I've ever seen. Beautiful amber colour in the glass and notes of orange, brandied cherries, raisins and apricot are finished with oak on the nose. On the palate the rum is nice, but a little sharper than one would expect from a rum of this age. This is a fairly dry rum without much sweetness. Overall a nice complex rum.
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