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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.

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.

Nice and spicy (hot pepper) ! perfectly balanced, smooth and punchy at the same time ! Great value !!!

The bottle isn't anything special, kind of hard to grasp so afraid of dropping the bottle when pouring with one hand(not important).
The aroma is very sweet, not so stingy as other rums with 43% alcohol can be.
Its mid-range smooth taste that's very enjoyable.

What makes this rum special is that it's a really good rum for the price. Its never going to be better then the more expensive options even tho it can be for some. But at this price range it is a very good and affordable rum.

Lesser sweet with strong bark taste. More likely like cognac. Ideal with cigar.

El color del Ron que refleja la botella es bueno, presenta un ron de buena coloración y cuerpo.
Al olfato es muy bueno, se perciben notas achocolatadas.
Al gusto tiene un comienzo dulce que deja percibir chocolate, caramelo y madera.
Un buen Ron.

On the dry and spicy end of the rum spectrum. Bitter finish. Neat addition to any collection at a reasonable price

Fine for sipping. Nothing extraordinary. At $40CAD at the LCBO it's an excellent choice for the price. That being said, spend an extra $20 for Diplomatico and you'll notice the difference in body, complexity and less of that alcohol after taste.

This is “The”Jamaican Rum that all other Jamaican rums should be judged by period!!

Another rum I will claim is essential to any serious rum-lover's bar. It has so much complexity and funk, unique and engaging on its own, and pure magic when mixed. I have yet to make a bad drink that calls for aged Jamaican as a constituent. Try in a Maita'i, Jungle Bird, Old Fashioned, mixed with coconut water or ginger beer over ice... Its hard to go wrong when mixing.

Not for beginners- very dry - a cube of ice will help mellow it out. Very complex and probably for a more advanced rum drinker who can appreciate a rum without the sweetness that some prefer. Certainly a nice change of pace and a good one for scotch drinkers to try who are interested in sampling rum.

After receiving one of these bottles for Christmas in 2016, I didn't have the heart to open it until I got a second bottle. I got another one last year for Christmas and I didn't hesitate to open it once I got it home. It did not disappoint! This rum was well worth the wait. I can taste the vanilla in this rum; the finish is so nice. This is such a good tasting rum that I really had to dig to find something that I don't like about it and here it is: the bottle has a screw cap. That's it! That's the only thing I don't like about this rum.


There is nothing like that Jamaican dunder funk. Appleton Estate 12 Year Old Rare Blend isn't the funkiest cat in town but he sure is smooth. At $34.00 per 750ml, Appleton Estate 12 crushes the competition in it's price range and many others that are well above it. I can't get enough of the funk, and at this price it is one that I can always (and will) keep on the shelf. If you enjoy funky Jamaican rums, I think the Appleton Estate 12 year old Rare Blend is a "must try".

I went to my neighborhood grocery store to pick up my old favorite Appleton V/X, which I have been drinking from time to time for the past 25 years or so. All they had was the Signature Blend with no age statement or this one. I would not have been pleased with the cheaper one, so I bought this one, which happened to also be on my wish list.

Others have noted a strange funky aftertaste, which is characteristic of Jamaican rums. At first, it was good sipped neat, but nothing to write home about. An ice cube increased the complex flavors, but also the funky aftertaste. This bottle won't go to waste, but I will always stick with their V/X aged between 5-10 years. This one appears to be the victim of being "too long in the wood". This also proves that if it works, don't fix it.

Update 12 days later: I have a love/hate relationship with this totally unique rum. No other rum can even be compared to it. After all these years, other reviewers have finally inspired me to look up the terms "dunder" and "esters", which is what makes Jamaican rums unique. You will have to look those up yourself because that process sounds pretty gross and probably began centuries ago out of economic need instead of adding unique flavors. For those that don't know what Jamaican funky rum tastes like, I would best describe it as mud being mixed with the sugar cane that was distilled to make this rum.

Since my favorite V/X appears to have been discontinued, I may not be buying any more rum from Appleton. Then again, somewhere down the line I may miss this funky one and buy it again.

Lots of burnt sugar and vanilla on the nose. The flavor is dry with lots of charred oak and a bitter aftertaste. Very unique taste and unlike any other rum I’ve tasted.

Very soft, but no lasting flavour... not my kind of rhum

Needs to breathe a bit before sipping. Haven't tried it with a mixer but when neat it's quite strong yet complex. Plenty of aroma and flavour, although there's a hint of nail varnish. Bit of alcohol burn, subdued with a cube of ice. Appleton rums make great mojitos so I might go nuts and grab some mint from the garden.

As part of a rum board, this was my favourite of 4. Nothing truly phenomenal though.

Det här är mer som jag förväntade mig rom som rookie, men fick då en söt rom. Nu förälskade jag mig lite i den söta romen och då blev denna nästan en besvikelse. Men den är god. Ekfatig, med svag fruktighet i bakgrunden. Smaken påminner en del om highlandwhiskey och cognac. Efter 15_20 minuter i glaset hände verkligen något! En sötma framträdde och många nya smaker, ekfatigheten försvann. Vilken förvandling!