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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.
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 always like the smell of appleton estate. Its smokey with a hint of vanila and oak cask with some sweetness in it, very unique smell. Honestly if you want a smell thats very similar go cut a 2x4 on a table saw and that is almost the smell of appleton 12. In the glass though it has a very harsh alcohol smell with some cask in it. Drinking it straight is a bad idea, its very harsh up front. Strong tastes of vanilla, oak cask and with some dryness. In diet coke it makes a nice R&C its flavor holds true with some sweetness and bitter aftertaste. Strong kick of oak cask, vanilla and some caramel. Simple rum but very good in d rum and coke, straight not so much however still decent.
Good straight out of the bottle. Sipper through and through. Light up a nice cigar and enjoy a session drink with this stuff.
First had this while on vacation in Canada. For sweetness, it comes in between the dryish Kirk & Sweeney and the sweet Diplomatico Reserva Exclusiva, both of which I also keep stocked. Smooth, rich, carmelly, rum taste that is wonderful when rolled around the palate on initial sip. IMHO slightly better than Ron Zacapa Solera 23 at about $10 less per bottle in the lovely state of Ohio. It is best when purchased fresh from a more upscale liquor store with clientele willing to keep the stock moving. A perennial favorite in our home.
At first I was very hesitant, I did not want buy a bottle. Instead it was a pleasant surprise. Really good Jamaican aged rum
I drink the12 yr rum most often but still enjoy the 21 yr for a treat. Still waiting for a 50 yr.
enjoyed this with cloudy apple juice as a mixer - not 100% sold, but a nice change of pace.
Got to know this one in a bar, and will be an ever present member of my drinks cabinet from now on.
One of my favourite rum. Dry, fresh, simple. I recommande it strait up. No ice!
A bit overrated. Not as smooth as alleged.
Not a favorit.
Nothing like I have tastet before. Bad aftertaste.
Actually being a whisky drinker for almost two decades now, this is the first bottle of aged rum I bought myself. Compared to other rums I enjoyed with friends I really like the allround quality. It is not overly sweet (as some young rums I've tasted are) but still much sweeter than any scotch, has a nice development and a slight woody and charred aftertaste.
Also a proper rum to drink straight. Personally speaking, any spirit which doesn't hold up by itself is not worth any of time, money or efforts.
Good one to start my journey into older rums I reckon.
As this has been on my wish list for sometime I felt it was time to try, and review. At $70NZD, this 12 year old was everything I expected. Presented in a regal black canister, you immediately get the feeling that this rum is going to be good. The presentation is followed through with the bottle, tidy and distinguished. Only downside is the metal screw top. I'm slowly becoming a fan of corked tops for authenticity. Pouring and coloring is burnt umber on the side of mahogany when held to the light. Swirling and the liquid is syrupy and rich. Legs, fat and clingy. This is a good sign of things to come. The rich aroma carries through and a deep brown sugar and almond captures me first. Upon further sampling I get light citrus.
As I taste for the first time, the flavour is obvious and bold with brown sugar, this is burnt somewhat. The oak is present but it isn't mellow, it's feels hot as I breath out through my nose chewing the liquid as I taste. Is it peppery?
The flavour is lasting and satisfying, the hotness described earlier remains, I decide this is spicy. Each time I bring the glass to my mouth and nose the aroma and taste develop and this makes me appreciate the rum more with every mouthful.
Overall, this is such a remarkable step up from previous Appletons I have tried. It is a rum for the not too serious and appreciative Appletons drinker who will enjoy talking about the profile differences with friends without becoming too "sporting". I like!
I always wanted to try this one, since I always likes the mixers from appleton ( white and gold lable). So I expected this one to be a very great sipper, for a very decent price, but now I taste mainly alcohol and really think if they already wait for at least 12 years until botteling, they should consider to use some better barrels to give this Rum some more taste.
No surprises here, it's a traditionnal rum. Sugarcane, aromas of molasses, bit vanilla, little burning aftertaste, but overall a good spirit. Nothing fancy.
To me this is a Hybrid rum, meaning; I love it as a mixer but I can also consume it on the rocks and enjoy it as well.
If I was scoring it solely as a mixer; it would be an 8 or 9, very tasty.
There are definitely better 12 year olds out there for drinking straight (Flor de Cana, El Dorado).
If your a brown sugar fan; you'll love this stuff
Smager som sådan ok, men der mangler noget eftersmag.
Completely versatile, a great sipper or mixer. Dry on the palate as opposed to a sweet nose. Hints of banana and vanilla.
Not sure if I was expecting more Capt Morgan than a nice dark ages rum but I was pleasantly surprised. Definitely something I'll go back to. Smooth but a nice bite to start.
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