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7.3 out of 10
Recommendable to most
Appleton Estate 12-Year Rum is a blend of several rums aged between 12 and 18 years in American oak barrels after being distilled using small-batch copper pot stills.
The rum is produced on the Appleton Estate, which sits in the Nassau Valley in Jamaica. The estate’s origins date back as far as 1655 when the English overthrew the Spanish to rule the island and Frances Dickinson, grandfather of the distillery’s founders, received the land as a reward for his role in the overthrow.
The Appleton Estate 12 year is actually a blend from casks with rum between 12 and 30 years of age. Many producers would jump right at the chance to call it a 30-year rum, but not Appleton Estate.
I expected the complexity in flavors of a typical "12-year" rum, but got much more. As the rum first rolls over the taste buds, a rather strong flavor of oak and a bit of smoke dominates the senses. In this, whiskey lovers should feel right at home. A brown sugar flavor is also apparent, but even though this is a strong part of the rums nose, the sweetness in the taste is only in the middle-lower end of rums.
Behind the strong, slightly bitter and charred oak flavor, are several other interesting flavors. Most apparent is the spicy orange peel with a vanilla twist. Before the rum leaves the taste buds, I also sense some lighter but quite complex notes akin to nuts, coconut and various citrus fruits.
To get the full flavor experience I recommend letting it breathe in the glass for at least 5 minutes before drinking. And when drinking it, doing so in small sips so as not to overwhelm your taste buds with its stronger flavors.
On the other hand, because of the orange peel and vanilla flavors, I think this rum would also excel in a variety of mixed drinks where these flavors complement.
All in all a rum which is very competitive in its price range and with more complexity to offer than one might expect when reading the label.
Appleton Estate 12 is good enough to sip, but primarily enjoyable to those who like some harshness in their rums. It's got a bit of complexity, some spice, no sweetness, and a strong alcohol finish.
I've heard some good things about appleton estate and for me it was a good taste but a bit on the strong side. I like my rum to be smooth with some hints of vanilla and this one doesn't have that. It's good to put in coke to get a rum bite at the end.
Tastes nice, but it has no nice smell and isn't smooth enough for a 12yo, but the taste is nice altough. I thing it is a long way too strong
J'aime les rum plus sucré mais comme ce Appleton ne se cache pas derriere du sucre pour nous éblouir, on goûte le rum sans artifices ajouté , c'est toutefois plus difficile à apprécier sec comparativement à un Diplomatico exclusiva reserva par exemple!
J'aimerais bien goûter au 21 ans et au 30 ans...le 50 ans j'y rêve mais hors de prix!
For this price,its one of the best Rums. A good introduction to jamaican-style flavours, a little bite at the end,but amazing fruits in the nose, a little mango,banana mixed with coffee and toffee finish.Surprisingly long in the throat. A good buy
After going thought some nice but overly sweet rum (Zacapa, Zaya, Diplomatico) the Appleton 12 year was a pleasant return back to basics.
Citrus, molasses and a little bit of oak. Not overly sweet. Little bit of warmth of the back end but not harsh is any way. My favourite part of this rum is the long aftertaste.
This rum is my new everyday sipper.
Though this style is not to everyone's liking due to the level of funk inherent in Jamaicans, if you do like it this is a must-own. Best choice in Mai-tais.
Also as many note it is a very dry rum - this is because it has NO ADDED SUGAR unlike most of the high rated rums, such as Zacapa and the El Dorados. This is what pure unadulterated rum tastes like.
Edit : to address a recent review - this is a Jamaican rum, not an agricole. And giving it a low rating because it "was a mispurchase" and is too strong for your taste is just wrong, use a little common sense and don't rate it at all.
I think this is one of my favourite 'entry level' rums. Probs pick this up for about 15 quid n wont find much better in the same price bracket. Would happily sip a shot from the fridge but at the same time wouldnt feel bad about making a cuba libre with it aswell ;-)
I tried this rum twice. First time I wasn´t impressed. Second time, I found something good in this rum. It´s not sweet, but it has an interesting character. I am sure, that this is not for everyone, but you should really try it. Maybe, it will stick to you , as your favorite. But not for me. :-)
I exclusively sip rum, don't much like it mixed at all so my ratings are based on drinking it straight up. This rum is good, but I prefer it on the rocks, which isn't how I tend to drink. Good price, but not likely I'll seek it out again.
Not for straight up drinking for me but good enough to blend with coke
Let the rum rest a while in the glass before you start drinking it.
The nose has a distinct vanilla and hints of citrus on the top. I dug deeper and found brown sugar and oaky smoke.
The taste is even more initial brown sugar and a deep oak feel to it, but without being overly sweet. After a while a warm sensation from alcohol. In the end of the tail I find... drumroll.. molasses. I like it, a lot.
A perfect sipper rum of a classic origin.
Now this is a good rum! You could sip this one easily enough if that's how you like it. This one is up in my favs. A little over priced, but better to spend money on something I can enjoy too, instead of something I just end up giving away.
Bottle: Bottle is boring, metal top, case is a nice add
Sight: Long thin legs
Aroma: Sweet, nutty, citrus
Taste: Spicy, bitter, a little sweet, strong, nutty, strong
Entry: Spicy, not smooth, burns
Body: Thin, not smooth, evaporates in mouth
Finish: Not smooth
Wood: American Oak
I would drink this rum with a mixer. Usually with Cola as I like more of a sweet rum.
This is just my opinion, you should try the rums you are curious about as we all have different taste buds :)
Hope this helps rum enthusiast.
Deep copper colour; vanilla bean, caramel/molasses, buckwheat honey and spicy cinnamon/nutmeg aromas; quite elegant on palate with warm, mildly spicy, brown sugar flavours and a smooth, lingering oaky finish.
If you are looking for a strong rum, this it a good option and does as a good sipping role.
This is probably not fair but I take Appleton rums for granted because of their mass market appeal. Twelve year is very smooth and is a big mistake wasting it as mixer. Your bar needs a spot for this one.
I did expect more oaky taste but must admit it deliver a good rum. It feels strong 43% and other tastes come forward with dark chocolate.
Voici un rhum qui en matière d'arômes est assez riche.
Premières impressions, au nez, il est puissant et boisé avec des notes plus douces de vanille. En bouche, on retrouve ce côté vanille-boisé et des notes de café. La finale est assez longue et intense.
Un rhum vraiment intéressant. A goûter !!
Très bon rhum sur le miel, les épices douces. Excellent rapport qualité/prix, pour boire un bon verre dans se prendre la tête
I like rich and dark profile of it. Woody tanins brown sugar. It is not sweet. Rum is better on nose than in mouth.
It was for some strange reason actually hard for me to find this. I'm glad I finally did. I enjoyed this rum a lot and I'm looking forward to buying another bottle.
The best with cola, the aftertaste is great !
Well priced, I want another bottle :)
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