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Appleton Estate Reserve Blend rum

Appleton Estate Reserve Blend

Jamaica | Aged

79 ratings
Tasty, but not quite great

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79 Appleton Estate Reserve Blend Ratings

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Mikemegabucks πŸ‡―πŸ‡² | 1 rating
Posted 4 months ago

This rum was named Best Rum in 2012 and was Chairman's awarded in New York. The world discovered my favorite rum of ots class then. It's replacement 8 year old reserve by Campari is DOES NOT COMPARE to the Reserve Blend's balanced colour, woody, vanilla and hits of coffee notes.

I miss this product very much and would love to find it.

George πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ | 1 rating
Posted over 6 years ago

This rum is especially smooth when you consider it's price point and age. Not to mention it tends to be readily available. This high rating is mostly to balance out what I believe is an unfairly low rating here.

Louie πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦ | 77 ratings
Posted almost 7 years ago

This is my go to rum love everything about it flavours and all

Jimechsbu99 πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ | 5 ratings
Posted over 3 years ago

This is the rum of all inclusive resorts, reminds me of Jamaica !

Lloyd πŸ‡¦πŸ‡Ί | 33 ratings
Posted 1 year ago

Awesomely smooth. Got that funky Jamaican Sour flavour that is well known with appleton estate but it is incredibly smooth. It has a sweet finish and woody after-taste

piratejabez πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ | 321 ratings
Posted over 7 years ago

ORIGINAL REVIEW (6+): It's not at all offensive, but there's just not much there of what makes a confident Jamaican mixing rum. Not enough funk (too blended), and just a little too much bite. So, there's little draw. It seems as though Appleton is really aiming for mass-market appeal with their lower-end (but not inconsiderably priced) offerings, which is a shame.

Personally I prefer to purchase bottles I enjoy more on their own (as well as mix with), which are easy enough to find around this price-point. I think the Reserve Blend really a fine choice for Tiki drinks, but I expected a little more. Perhaps the 12-year is for me (which I'd really like to try soon), but I hesitate to mix with anything that costs north of $30.

It's very possible I passed judgment too quickly on this bottle, without giving it time breathe [edit: that's exactly what happened]. Or that my expectations for this as a sipper are unreasonable. I'll come back to it when I can and see if my perceptions have changed :).

Despite my disappoint, I'd still happily recommend this venerable brand's offering for use as a go-to Jamaican mixer, especially if you're tempted to opt for the Signature Blend, which I am not looking forward to trying anytime soon. I give the Reserve Blend a 6-plus.

UPDATE (7+): After revisiting this rum, my opinion of it changed completely. I was served the last of a bottle, so it was plenty oxidized. There were no offensive high notes, and the rum was very smooth compared to my first tasting. The pot-still characteristics seemed more present, and I would be more than happy to mix or sip this again!

UPDATE (8-): This is good, reliable rum. Is it perfect? No. Could it use more funk? Yes. More strength? Absolutely. But it does strike a nice balance between the Signature and Rare, and (arguably) is better than both because of that. It's equally good (for me, anyway) as a mixer as well as a sipper, and I enjoy revisiting it when I can.

A note on pricing: Sometimes I see this bottle for sale only a dollar or two below the Rare Blend/ 12yo. This strikes me as very strange. Most people are happy to pay the small difference for a more rounded sipper, so maybe those pricing it this way are just trying to move more Rares. Occasionally I've seen it offered at around $10 less than the RB, which makes much more sense. The Signature is a value rum you shouldn't pay more than like $18 for. The RB is like $35. The Reserve SHOULD be in the $26 range. (2018 USD)

Paul B πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ | 471 ratings
Posted 6 years ago

Now that Appleton has downsized and discontinued the V/X, White, and Special Gold, there are only three rums below the $35 per bottle price tag. The Signature Blend is the entry level mixer, which I will not try. Then there is this one blended from 20 select aged rums with an average age of 6 years, followed by the Rare Blend 12 Year. I had the latter one a month or so ago and developed a love/hate relationship with it because of too much hogo Jamaican funk. This one has the hogo funk subdued quite a bit, which is alright with me. The aroma has the most hogo, but on the palate is perfectly smooth with natural sweetness from the wood and molasses with no added sugar. There is no bitterness going down the pipe. I miss the old V/X, which is a step up from their Signature Blend. I am so glad to be able to continue buying Appleton instead of giving up on them. This bottle was $27 and a better buy than the $33 Rare Blend 12 Year in the fancy box. It is also a very versatile mixer, making great Mai Tais and Goombay Smashes.

Update August 29, 2019: I have tried several Jamaican rums like this to come up with the perfect Mai Tai. This one wins for me. Using the wrong Jamaican rum in a Mai Tai will screw it up faster than anything. Well, not quite as bad as using too much orange liqueur!

Update May 31, 2020: I saw this one in a new bottle while stocking up on old favorites. There was a big number 8 designating the number of years on the front. It also said Reserve Blend. My original review was for the 6 year Reserve Blend. Does this new bottle and aging warrant another review? Not really. However, it is even better from what I remember. For only $25 US, this is a damn fine sipping dry rum with the hogo funk minimized. It is also not the same 8 year rum as what is shipped off to Europe. Appleton always keeps us confused.

Update September 24, 2023: I did a side by side taste test with the Myers Single Barrel Select that I ranked too high. I actually like this one better, so now I have no choice except to move this 8 Year Appleton up to my rating of 8. Both are now rated as an 8 for me, but subtle differences in tastes have this one ranked slightly higher than the Myer's rum. This one is also becoming harder to find.

Jan Mynar πŸ‡¨πŸ‡Ώ | 53 ratings
Posted almost 6 years ago

nothing to say more, great price, great taste, no sugar added....I like it even for sipping. I think this is the best price/value rum at all.

Patrick πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦ | 30 ratings
Posted over 7 years ago

This is a nice smooth Rum with a little bite at the end.

Rum-Schnacker πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ | 131 ratings
Posted almost 8 years ago

try this - if you want to taste jamaica rum.
it isnt sweet, ok. it isnt sharp, ok. it is very smooth, maybe the smoothest appleton ive tried.
it has a nice fruitiness. the spice ntes arent very dense, unlike the other rums of appleton.

Brand Details

Type: Aged
Company: Appleton Estate
Country: Jamaica
Name: Reserve Blend
Raw Material: Unknown
Process: Unknown
Distillation: Unknown
Women Led: No

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