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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.

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.



Un ron con notas en nariz de naranja, almendra, nuez moscada, con su toque amaderado y dulce de melaza.

En boca es muy sutil, bastante completo y untuoso, siguen las notas a madera pero es más dulce y suave donde encuentras canela, plátano, ciruela madura y dejos de especias.

Un gran Ron, lo recomiendo tomar solo!

Did not like this at all. There was an unpleasant aftertaste and this rum was a big let down.

Update: I have now tried this on three separate occasions and am still not getting over this aftertaste. Don't think I will buy this again.


Overall this is a very well balanced rum. The nose is quite enjoyable and goes down smoothly. I like it being at 43% ABV since it adds a little more spice to it. For $30 in my area it's a great value rum.

I'm surprised that the dominant flavor of this rum reminds me of El Dorado 8 year rum but with a lighter body less sweet finish. I've never been a big fan of Jamaican rums or Appleton in particular but I decided to give this less common 12 year rare blend a try. It's smooth and doesn't have much burn to it at all, however it's just doesn't really fit in my highly prefered category (I'm more of a Cuban, Bajan, or Venezualen style guy I guess). Good to mix just not my favorite flavors in here to sip. I will update this rating as I try more of it bc i often find that I have to transition into liking other rums after each bottle I try. Update: it had grown on me and wen I smell t I say "mmmm". Good stuff for having no added sugar at all. It's definitely a funky fruity whiskey tasting English style rum that has bold flavor.

Mein 12. Rating
Ich konnte diesen Rum als Blitzangebot für 20€ abgreifen und konnte nicht widerstehen. Hat sich der Kauf gelohnt?

Preis: ca. 20-30€

Je länger er steht, desto intensiver wird das Fassaroma deutlich. Allerdings überwiegt der typische Jamaika-Rum-Geruch. Sehr würzig und irgendwie fruchtig.

Geschmack pur (Note 5):
Erst kommt das fruchtige (typische Jamaika-Rum-) Aroma an. Gefolgt von brennenden 43%-igem Alkoholgehalt, welchem eine angenehme Würze folgt und lecker-trocken im Gaumen haften bleibt.
Der Geschmack ist recht eigen.

Geschmack in Cola (Note 6):
Die Cola verleiht dem Appleton Estate Rare Blend eine angenehme Süße, die er alleine nicht aufweisen kann. Von daher harmoniert die Combi schon ganz gut und es wird ein leckeres Getränk daraus. Allerding fehlen mir weitere Geschmacksnoten von Vanille, Karamell etc. Das einzige was ich schmecken kann ist der typische Jamaika-Rum-Geschmack mit einer Fass-Note.

In Cola ganz lecker, aber insgesamt zu eindimensional und zu würzig. Mir fehlt die Geschmacksvielfalt.
Weiter ist mir aufgefallen, dass dieser typische Jamaika-Rum-Geschmack nicht so mein Favorit ist und es mich eher an Deutschem "Billigrum" erinnert. Dies ist dieser Rum auf keinen Fall, aber an einem El Dorado 12 kommt er bei weitem nicht ran.

Traditionally you use pussers rum in a key west pain killer but know I prefer this 12 rare aged. It's a little pricey to keep in the bar for 1 drink but when I see it I'll get it. Lots of spice and some sweetness but has a burn if your sipping it.

This frustrates me that the best appleton rum I have tried is the special gold as any other aged rum seems over sweet and the complexion of the taste altered too much which is a shame really. With other rum companies they entice you by flavours to taste the more expensive stuff, I find with Appleton I am less inclined to taste the older more expensive rum..

Very smooth with close to zero sugar. It is very difficult to only drink one. Priced for everyday sipping, but tastes like a occasional treat. Will definitely explore more products from Appleton.
(37.50 CAD in Apr 2017)