Appleton Estate 12 Year Old Rare Blend

Owner

Manufacturer:

Appleton Estate / J. Wray & Nephew Ltd. / Campari

Price approx:

25

Origins

Terroir:

Jamaica

Regulations:

Authentic Caribbean Rum (ACR)

Classification

Style:

jamaican, historical british

Gargano:

single blended rum
raw material

Raw material:

molasses

distillation

Distillation:

traditional column still method and small batch pot distillation

aging

Aging:

at least 12 years in american oak barrels

sugar added

Sugar added:

no

alcohol by volume

Alcohol by volume:

43%

additives

Additives:

contains colourings

Pretext

This rum has the face of a woman. Joy Spence, who holds the honor of being the master blender at Appleton Estate, is responsible for maintaining the quality of the existing blends and for creating new ones. A task that requires outstanding sensory skills, an in-depth understanding of chemical processes and an artistic flair. The question arises whether experience and competences are sufficient qualifications? Well, it depends where.


Jamaica is a patriarchal system in its purest form, with macho culture and strictly gender society. Rum production is a man's job; knowledge transfer takes place through predetermined channels. Under these conditions, breaking established cultural patterns, breaking down traditions is extremely rare. And then it becomes a symbol, an icon, a role model ... because it requires more determination, effort and dedication. And a greater one precisely because one needs to convince the multitude of those who are still not convinced enough. Appleton, thank you.

Procedure

Jamaica is an island of oceanic origin with fertile, volcanic soil; overgrown with lush evergreen forest. Appleton only uses its own, local raw material, turning it into molasses. Fermentation takes one and a half days. Distillation takes place in column and copper stills. The twelve on the bottle refers to the age of the youngest ingredient in the blend, so labeling like Scottish. Maturation takes place in American oak barrels.

Aroma
Bouquet was not officially specifed.
Zwetschge, baked apple, lily of the valley.
— as examined by RumExam
Taste
Deep oak, fruity and cocoa notes, followed by delicate molasses, vibrant orange peel, rich vanilla, subtle coffee, with a hint of toasted oak and almond.
— as they tell
First copper, then pomergranate.
— as examined by RumExam
Afterburn
Bittersweet and luscious.
— as they tell
Plums and acid profile of white grapes.
— as examined by RumExam
⁖Reviewed on: June 19th, 2020