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.

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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.

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!

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 ;-)

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 :)

used a lot for lots of cocktails a good taste and good spice taste

Easy to tell this is a well blended rum but I'm guessing it's aged in bourbon casks and had taken on to many of the bourbon flavour for my personal tastes


Went to Jamaica and found this treat at an all-inclusive hotel. Great drink. can tell the difference between the 12 vs. their basic rum. Wouldn't want a drink without the 12 label or above.

A very well balanced genuine 12 year rum , heaps of flavour and very smooth with a good amount of oommph !! This is very good value for money and is a great rum for mixing as well as straight or on the rocks.I also have a bottle of the master blenders legacy but cant bring myself to open it as now quite rare !!

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.


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