Appleton Estate Joy 25-Year rum

Appleton Estate Joy 25-Year

Jamaica | Aged | 45.0% ABV | Pot and Column Still Distilled

9.1/10
56 ratings
Truly a fantastic choice
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56 Appleton Estate Joy 25-Year ratings

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Tom Rhoads πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ | 88 ratings
Posted over 5 years ago

I bought one bottle when it first was available and just got a 2nd today as a birthday gift for myself. The packaging is very nice and the bottle is special and feels great in my hands.

Wonderful aroma, slight vanilla and citrus at first and a little oak. Very long legs in the glass.

Not sweet at all and not thick in the mouth. Just the perfect mouth feel.

The finish is pleasant with what I will say is a dunder component to it. I say dunder because that is how this was described to me when I tried the Mezan XO. That rum has overpowering dunder but is very mellow and pleasant. It actually lingers and keeps reminding me to try some more.

Michael Huff πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ | 100 ratings
Posted over 5 years ago

I'll fill out this review more soon. I'll second Tom by saying this is the best rum I've tried. The first few sips are layered but gentle. What really stands out in my memory is the honey aftertaste. The aftertaste was like I'd just washed down a literal spoonful of honey. Absolutely incredible.

Falcon91Wolvrn03 (PREMIUM) πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ | 520 ratings
Posted 5 years ago

I had this side by side with the Appleton 30 year. Both are exceptional Appleton rums. But to me this was even better than the 30 year.

Smells and tastes of oak, almond, butterscotch, nutmeg, orange peel, and vanilla. This has just a bit more almond and orange flavor and a bit less oak than the 30 year, which is why I think I like this a little more.

If you like the Appleton rums, I'm guessing you'll love this one. I'm not a huge fan of the Appleton style, as I find them a bit too dry for my liking, which is why I only rated this an 8. Still the best Appleton I've had, and if you're a fan of their style, I'm sure you'll love it!

Danzilla78 πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦ | 23 ratings
Posted 5 years ago

This is labeled a twenty five year old rum, but is a blend with thirty and thirty five year old rums in it also, they labeled it twenty five as that's the youngest rum in it. This is the tastiest rum I've tried, it has great legs, taste and one of my favourite features, the slow smooth finish that tastes of honey. As I sip from my glass, I savour it with the thought that I wish I could afford to drink this delicious rum everyday!

Wayne Upton πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ | 136 ratings
Posted 5 years ago

UPDATE:
I forgot I tried this (telling), and gave it another go. Smooth and light, but BITTER. Oak and smoke, but nothing interested. In fact, it reminded me of burnt rice.

My original review is below.
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Tried it side-by-side with Appleton Reserve Blend as a current base/standard for Appleton, and also the Appleton Estate Very Rare Limited Edition 30 Year, what I thought would be its nearest peer (I don't have the 21 on hand).

By far this 25yo is the most mellow. In a watered down sort of way, not an elegant way. Has the least flavor, seems the least Jamaican of the three. Oak on the nose, disappointment on the tongue. I can find the W&N funk in the Blend, and the aged richness in the 30, but nothing to write home about with the 25.

It's good rum, but I just can't justify past a 7. Maybe I got a bottle that was off? That would be a shame.

Chris L πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ | 77 ratings
Posted 5 years ago

Really great rum, however (and I might be showing ignorance here, don't correct me, just pity me) I'm not sure it's worth such a massive price tag, when I have had rums I have liked just as much for less than half the price

Andrew πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦ | 76 ratings
Posted almost 5 years ago

After finding out from the β€œLC” that they would not be carrying this product (Brutal!!!); I was able to nab three of these bad boys in South Carolina.
I am glad to report that if your a fan of the Appleton line; you will not be disappointed.
For a rum that has been aged between 25 to 35 years; they have managed to keep the oak under control. All the signature Appleton taste and smell is there as well.
For me this is almost a 10 but I think I will give it a 9 1/2. I just wish there was something else on the finish other then oak.
My wife and I opened this on our 9th wedding anniversary, so from this point forward; this will only be sampled on future anniversaries.

Earl Elliott πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦ | 213 ratings
Posted over 4 years ago

Sugar: estimated at 14 gpl. It’s doubtful that I will get a chance to taste the 30 or 50 year old Vintages which is why I give this 10 rating. The standard Appleton taste profile of oak, smoke, and vanilla is present but this rum has a honey and orange taste that smooths and balances the rum. It’s a masterpiece of rum blending and is a must have for Appleton rum lovers.

Alan πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ | 89 ratings
Posted over 4 years ago

Appleton Estate Joy is pure rum perfection. It is richly sweet, complex, fruity, woody, and all without any additives. I cracked this open to celebrate a very special occasion and it was well worth the effort and the celebration. Worthy every penny. This is as good as rum gets.

piratejabez πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ | 324 ratings
Posted over 4 years ago

45% ABV. The Christmas Eve (final) box in the 2017 DbtD rum advent calendar. "Joy" to the world?

No nose at first (?), but steadily emerges. Deep and rich. No alcohol notes. Dried fruits. Apricot, pineapple. Oak. Mead. Later, brine. Very deep, and satisfyingly rummy. Fruity palate. Slightly bitter. Hefty tannins. Sherry. Long finish. Lots of flavors here. Very complex, super tasty.

Can't argue with the lucky masses here; this is some top-notch stuff. This is what I would want in a parlor of some mansion in the English countryside. Now if only I could afford it...

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