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Appleton Estate 21-Year rum

Appleton Estate 21-Year

Jamaica | Aged

Distilled using small-batch copper pot stills uniquely designed for Appleton Estate, this rum is a blend of several rums aged 21 years in American oak barrels. Once blended, the rum is re-casked for two years to marry the flavors.

Appleton Estate 21-year rum is produced in Jamaica on one of the country’s oldest and most renowned sugar estates. Each bottle is individually numbered and comes with a signed aging certificate by master blender Joy Spence.

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343 Appleton Estate 21-Year Ratings

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Jonathan 🇵🇷 | 13 ratings
Posted almost 9 years ago

The Appleton 21 is quite simply the best rum I've had. I prefer it over whichever Zacapa or other premium rum. It is exceptionally smooth and the taste is fantastic.

Enzo 🇮🇹 | 5 ratings
Posted almost 8 years ago

Once, a person of the staff of appleton told me: "Jamaicans say: white people drink black rum, black people drink white rum".
I don't know if it will be so, but this black rum is very very fine, smooth, warm, flavoured. But what is surprising, is its persistent taste even after half an hour.

Snookerman 🇬🇧 | 167 ratings
Posted over 5 years ago

The mere smell of this is enough to send the typical rum lover into a reverie, and then we get to the taste....oh boy!
On the nose, there are layers of oak, fruit brown sugar. The taste is oaky more than anything else. It's neither a sweet not a dry rum, sitting about bang in the middle of the spectrum. You can find both dryness and sweetness in it. There is also fruit and caramel and brown sugar. The aftertaste lingers and lingers - for hours actually. You end up with a very subtle sweet oak flavour as an echo of a wonderful drink. Compared to something like the 8 year old Appleton's it is a miracle. So much natural smoothness (not added sugar), oak, depth and complexity. Recommended.
The price per bottle is £135 and for a single in the pub £8.50 and a double about £15, so this is for special occasions for most of us.

Geneo 🇺🇸 | 1 rating
Posted over 7 years ago

This is my favorite rum and I compare all rums I taste to it. I was raised drinking bourbon but Rum has become my drink of choice. Let's face it, all distilled spirits start as ethanol with the difference being the parent source of it's sugar ( or starch) i.e: corn, wheat, rye, potatoes, molasses, fruit or whatever. The ethanol distilled from these sources will carry some it's parent's distinct flavoring. Other distinctions can be the number of re-distillations, water used to cut or water it down, percent of alcohol in the finished product, if aged, the type of aging. additives introduced that enhance flavor or color and many more processes. With rum, since it's parent is molasses it should naturally have a hint of sweet molasses flavoring and when aged in new white oak barrels or used white oak whiskey barrels it should pick up the flavors left by the whiskey and the charred oak. (Some rums are double casted in oak and then used wine barrels) The aging process should add flavors, color and smoothness, cutting down the harshness we find in fresh distilled alcohol. The Appleton 21 year old is robust, filled with flavor of molasses, and vanilla from the oak, not to sweet and very smooth for a rum but it still has a little bite. It is a rum that when I sip it I get a warm felling throughout my body. Others have commented that the Appleton 12 year old is very similar to taste while quite a bit less expensive. I would agree but find the 21 yr. old more robust enough to pay the difference. Because of the price difference, I do sip the 12 yr. old more often. I give the 21 yr old a 10 as I considerate it the gold standard of rum.

Jim 🇺🇸 | 3 ratings
Posted almost 7 years ago

This is what rum should be about, mellow and long on flavor. 3 ounces in a tulip glass, 1 large splash of water, 1 ice cube and 2 whiskey stones. Let it sit for about 5 minutes, swirl, inhale, sip, then feel the stress melt away. Best cure I know of for a bad day at work in the Emergency Room.

Musical rating, Jimmy Buffett singing Bob Marley and the Wailers. Best of both worlds!

I ended up painting my home bar in the colors of the presentation box.

The_Earl 🇬🇧 | 8 ratings
Posted over 4 years ago

Fantastically smooth with a strong sweet aftertaste. My number one choice

Smovens 🇺🇸 | 187 ratings
Posted almost 5 years ago

This rum is okay, funky, vanilla, complex and balanced in every way. Phenomenal balanced rum, not overoaked, just perfect

cK 🇨🇦 | 71 ratings
Posted 6 years ago

Amongst my top 3 rums. Delicious flavour and a treat to sip. Not cheap or easy to find, but worth the splurge for your collection.

Florianhagemann 🇵🇪 | 83 ratings
Posted over 5 years ago

Es el mejor ron que he probado. Es simplemente excepcional, exquisito!...una hora después, el sabor del Appleton 21 sigue en boca!

Cool Breeze (PREMIUM) 🇺🇸 | 617 ratings
Posted almost 2 years ago

Tasted at Laka Lono on 11/25/21. Delicious funk. Very hot, yet not harsh at all. Cotton candy and an unusual cheese flaor of havarti (!). A fluffy finish. Fantastic!

Brand Details

Type: Aged
Company: Appleton Estate
Country: Jamaica
Years Aged: 21
Raw Material: Unknown
Process: Pure blend (1 distillery)
Distillation: Unknown
Women Led: No

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