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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.

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.

Difficult to say what it was about this, but I generally did not like it. There seemed to be bight and an aftertaste that I found unpleasant.

Gotta say - I like this rum. Really smooth. Lots of sweetness, I smell molasses primarily. Sugary, maybe too much for some.

Smoother than the vx, worth the extra money if you can afford it.

my everyday sippim rum..good price point, pretty smooth, good afterburn

What a suprise the smooth arouma and taste go hand in hand love it on the rocks

The funk is there, but 12 years have taken the edge off and left a very smooth, well-rounded versatile product. It's not often I reach for a funky rum, they are generally not my favorite, but this is the one I go for and it does everything well. SUPERIOR mixer.

sugar test- 0

Add this one to your shelf, great on the rocks or mixed with Coke

I prefer the regular 12 year old but this rum was nice (I won it on twitter)

This is the 12yo Extra rebranded. While I haven't tasted side by side, I believe it is the same blend and equally as good.

Really nice smooth rum, with plenty of complexity too. Great value especially if you want to drink it neat.

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

Deși un pic mai spirtos (43%), aromele se disting bine iar Aftertaste-ul subtil încheie bine acest rom plăcut .

Very corpolent and powerfull rum. Smells magnifique, medium aftertaste. Classic jamaican rum.


You know what, I could sip on this rum for a while. It has a great Carmel and molasses nose, and the taste is mild with a little character. Little too tart for me, but not obnoxious. Have a try, but there are better between 10-15 years old

Pretty good for the price, still a not the smoothest, but a good flavor none the less

commentaire a venir...mais j'ai apprecier ce rhum.

I'm not a fan of Jamaican rum so was hesitant to buy this one. Was pleasantly surprised that it was too funky. Nice as a supper but not too expensive for a mix.

Un rhum suave et charpente ! Du bois, du cuir et une note d'Orange...

This bottle is different from Appleton's 12 year. The Rare Blend offers a different complexity, attempting to be more balanced that the original 12 year the leans more towards the sweeter side of the spectrum. It's a bit dryer too. Still, its a must try.

Molasses and orange notes with a tart finish of oak and almond.

Au nez on retrouve bien l'odeur du chêne dans lequel il est vieilli.
Très généreux en bouche voir un peu trop avec quelque touche vanillé et fruit sec.
Petite touche d'amertume en final mais qui n'est pas assez prononcé pour en faire un rhum d'exception.