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Très bon rhum, mais présence un peut trop forte d'alcool en finale. Le El Dorado 12 ans est meilleur, plus complexe, plus riche, un peu plus nuancé.

Very good rum, but a strong presence of alcohol in the finale. The El Dorado 12 years is better, more complex, richer, a little more nuanced.

Not bad, smooth, but not as much depth as my favourite El dorados

The color of this rum was a glowing amber.
Possibility my favorite 12 year rum, and Appleton Estate has produced the best Jamaican rums I've tasted. The Appleton Estate 12 year is exceptionally smooth with hints of cinnamon and banana, with undertones of dark chocolate and oak , or what I believe the barrel is oak because other rums by Appleton are also oak, but I haven't been able to find what barrel type they used. The finish is incredibly smooth leaving a light taste of cinnamon in the mouth. Priced around $30 a great rum for the price, and served best over ice. However, this age is still ripe causing the drinker to miss out on some of the flavor undertones. I wish Appleton Estate would release the rare blend in 15 or 18 year vintage just to taste how this bottle would if matured.

OK, to be clear, I mix my rums with Diet Dr. Pepper. It is how I like my rums. This rum is affordable, yet offers a great complexity of fruits (like bananas), molasses, slight vanilla, and changes its flavors one to two times as you finish your drink. I put one shot glass per 12-oz can for this blend. Now, if you have ever got stuck with another rum that is just OK, or not that good, like Kraken rum, then I call this Appleton a perfect disguise cover up rum. Just add 1/2 a shot glass per 1 shot glass of Kraken, and you suddenly have a complex flavor that is very good. This custom blend between Appleton and Kraken almost resembles a Zacapa. Anyway, I have 8 bottles of this in my cabinet because the store where I live runs out. I like the price and I like the flavor. It is a must have.

It isn't as smooth as I thought it would be. The flavours are really nice.

I like this rum, especially for the low price of only $32.99 (TotalWines 2016)!

It's a tad sweeter than both the Appleton 12 and 21 (but still rather dry as are all the Appletons I've tried). It's very, very close in taste to those, but slightly better IMHO. Notes of oak, almond, vanilla, molasses, and nutmeg. Try blind tasting this against the 21 - you may even prefer this to that, as I did.

...I read that this one is for bourbon I got nosy and wanted it...little spoiler it is and for a lot more people :)

The smell is smoky as well as my opinion kinda apple-ish...couldn't stop sniffing the glass.

The taste kicks you with sweetness and tasting smoothness with a delightful afterburn...the residue stays on your tongue and throat for a pleasant while...

I will keep this on my bar shelf from now on...good buy for under 35 Euro!

A tasty and delightful 8.4 in my opinion...even when not too complex...

The taste is right I think.. but it is to much strong.. 43% is to much..

Très beau colori caramel. Rhum assez puissant. Prédominance d'arôme de chocolat noir. Bonne longueur en bouche.


This is in my opinion the twin-brother of the 12-year Appleton. I could not taste if there is any difference. As Appleton 12-year is at this moment my no. 1 favourite sipping in is price class I will purchase both bottles again and compare it at the same time. So this review will be updated.

Un ron intenso, los aromas de naranja y chocolate están excelentemente definidos, en copa posee un gran cuerpo que se transmite en boca con un sabor fuerte y donde se aprecia el 43% de alcohol. Preferible a las rocas donde aligera su nivel de alcohol y con una pequeña rebanada de naranja para magnificar sus olor y sabor cítrico.

A personal choice for me, discovered this rum while on holiday in Jamaica. It has got me drinking rum ever since.

Very pure no gimmicks. Nice and oaky, heavy mollasses and caramel, yet smooth as it goes down.

Definitely not for beginners.But still I prefer the El Dorado.

Good when you need somehing to sip on. Not the best i have had from them

Not too easy to drink, strong, no sugar and the taste is same as the nose. The full body dark molasses rum. Increasing warm in your throat lasts long, there is no sugar to stop it, thankfully, you need to enjoy it till the end. It is amazing experience each time I drink it, it is rum for a real man. That is how I call it, I know it is not for everybody (especially for beginners) they will hate it and rate it very badly.
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Very similar to the 21 year in taste. I prefer to drop an ice cube or two in this one to mellow out the strong presence of alcohol. The finish is sweet but not as lo g last g as the 21. I buy this one for my daily sipper and save the 21 for special occasions.

Utmärkande lite mörkare rom kraftig smak nästan så att det påminner lite om whisky

In the rum world you may hear people mention the word Hogo. Have a sip of this and you'll understand what it means. It's like a deep funky bassline from Bootsy Collins. It's the benchmark Jamaican rum for me. It has serious punch and does things most other rums don't do. It's complex, dark and mysterious. Many will argue that there are other rums that have a much more noticeable or distinct Hogo and I completely agree. I just think that with this rum you can appreciate the Hogo in it's subtleties. It's more of a caress than a complete beating of your senses. It's just a lovely experience.

Sampled the Appleton Estates 12 year Rare Blend while escaping the Hurricane Irma to Jamaica during last weekend. I did not enjoy this one as a neat sipper. Alcohol smell, taste and burn are disappointing. The burn at the end is very surprising for such a famous 12 year old rum and man this stuff is dry! If you like cognac, you will like this. If you like sweeter and more flavorful rums, then skip this one.

Очень даже не плохой ром, до 12 летнего эль дорадо или Пирата ХО не дотягивает конечно, но продукт качественный.
Хороший, приятный вкус. После первых глотков показался слегка жгучим во рту, но выпив ещё - все встало на свои места. Этот ром не отличается каким-то особо богатым вкусом на мой взгляд, но в целом я и не могу сказать ничего плохого о нем. Стоил около 30 евро за бутылку, за эти деньги он занимает адекватную позицию в своём классе.

6,5 - 7


Not as deep and complex flavor as my favorites. Tastes a bit like a whiskey. Still a very good sipping rum, though.

Very nice offering. little warmth but nothing unpleasant. Smooth flavors.

Follows the trajectory set by the Signature (V/X) and Reserve. Very smooth, and rich with caramel and oak. Being a blended rum, there is subtle pot-still influence—not unlike Bajans like Real McCoy and Mt. Gay XO. The 43% is nice, though it could be higher.

I think this rum is very good, and a great value, making it a superb “everyday” sipper or high-end mixer. However, I think there’s more potential here—it’s just not very exciting.