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by Sheree-Anita Shearer | Associate Writer
Appleton Estate has long been one of the most popular brands of alcoholic spirits in the world. There are multiple types of Appleton Estate rums, let's get you familiar with them before your trip.
The Appleton Signature is the ideal pairing for a cocktail and if you’ve had a daiquiri in Jamaica, chances are, it was made the Signature rum. The dark golden rum has hints of dried apricots, molasses and fresh peach.
The rum, crafted from limestone-filtered water has no added flavours.
How long is Appleton's Signature aged?
The delicious blend of pot and column still rums are aged for 4 years.
You are probably familiar with the 8-Year-old Reserve blend as it was a favourite among rum connoisseurs for years.
However, Master Blender Joy Spence crafted the new Appleton 8-Year-Old reserve which served to be a part of a brand revamping effort by Appleton in 2020. The honey bronze rum has hints of citrus peels, honey, vanilla and holiday spice.
The new and improved rum has a more complex taste than its predecessor which is credited to the longer duration spent in the well-known oak barrels Appleton Estate uses. One other notable change between the two is the 43% ABV of the 8-Year-Old Reserve.
The new bottle now has the minimum age statement, which is eight years just in case you haven’t guessed it yet, and the Joy Spence stamp of approval is proudly etched on the front of the bottle.
The 8-Year-Old Reserve makes a perfect Mai Tai or Joy’s Cocktail.
The 12-year-old rare cask is a collection of pot and column still rums aged for a minimum of 12 years. The deep bronze honey gold rum has hints of molasses, vanilla, coffee beans, hazelnut, toasted oak and dried fruit. Whether you enjoy sipping your rum or creating cocktails, the Rare Cask is great for both.
Named for the capital of the parish where the Appleton Estate is located, this 15-year-old rum is crafted from limestone-filtered waters sourced from the Black River.
The copper-hued full-bodied rum has hints of toasted almonds, hazelnut, orange peel, molasses, coffee and vanilla. There are no added flavours to this rum.
It is best had neat or on the rocks.
Described as having a nutty bouquet with hints of nutmeg, warm coffee, cocoa, vanilla and orange peel, the long-aged rum is best had neat. The Nassau Valley Casks is named for the exact location of the Appleton Estate, the Nassau Valley, St. Elizabeth.
Is Appleton Special and Appleton 62 the same rum?
The Appleton Special series of rum was rebranded, Kingston 62. This was done to clearly differentiate between the medium body rum and the Appleton Signature, Reserve and other premium offerings by the brand.
There is the Kingston 62 Gold and the Kingston 62 White Rum under the brand and they are both 40% ABV.
Can you buy Appleton rum in the US?
Yes, you can purchase Appleton rums all over the world including the USA.
I’m sure you are excited to try all of Appleton Estate’s premium spirits. And guess what, if you take the Appleton Estate rum tour, you’ll get the chance to have probably the rarest of them all. The rum was developed especially for the tour. It can only be had on the property of the Appleton Estate.
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Appleton Estate Jamaican Rum | Written: December 20, 2022