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Having become a Foursquare fan, I am usually sceptical about blends.
Two things caught my attention and made me reconsider:
Unlike Solera rums, Appleton's age statements are the MINIMUM age of the rum included, not the oldest.
Jamaican law prohibits adding sugar.
The parent company Campari has completed a rebranding process for their 3 younger products in 2019, which now calls this "rare blend". The label has changed - the contents has not.
Nice cardboard tube, chunky bottle, makes a nice present. Screwcap. Aged in American oak after blending.
Dark amber / mahagony colour.
Lovely complex nose of ripe fruit and nuts.
The typical Jamaican funk of volatile esters is very restrained, not the bursting over ripe banana of a Hampden or Mezan. It delivers the aromas gently and beautifully.
Same in the mouth. Gentle, full aromas, not overpowered by the 43% alcohol.
The fruity notes carry over into to woody tones from the oak barrels, which linger.
This is a dry rum (sweetness 1/5)
In summary a very high quality rum full of flavour but of understated Jamaican character.
Considering that in 2019 it costs around £35 in the UK, maybe it should score a 9. Great stuff.
Hvis man ikke er så meget til rom fra Jamica, er dette en god start.
Such a really solid rum. One of the one's that really got me into sipping. It's still has a perfect taste for the price
It wasn't what I was hoping for for the age, better luck next time.
It’s a decent rum,you can buy better for ‘this price...It’s definitely a sipping rum..complex with a long aftertaste...I like it BUT there is something odd when I taste it...I can’t describe it but something destroys my taste in it
Assemblage de rhums de mélasse de 12 ans, titre 43°.
Design : belle présentation, étui et belle bouteille 'appleton estate', le rhum a une jolie couleur ambre.
Nez : assez piquant, après aération, vanille, fruits secs.
Bouche : miel/caramel, huileux puis boisé, suivi de tanins et d'une forte présence de l'alcool.
Finale : long, notes de réglisse.
Un peu sucré (caramel?), cet appleton estate 12 ans est très recommandable.
Everything else has been said. Man that acidity really telling of the fact that there must be some rum in this much older than 12yo.
It started good with a fruity sweetness, raisins and a little vanille. Candy syrup also, lots of alcohol. After a few sips it all seems to dissipate and just the alcohol burn remains...
Nice full body with strong melassa tones. Not too much sweet, not dry, well ballanced.
This is clearly well made. Smooth, no alcohol burn. Mixes well. You need to decide if you like that funk. You notice it in the aroma and on the rocks. Great rum n coke, can take over w ginger beer. I still can't decide if I like this funk, but the rum n coke is really good. Try it make your own decisions
At $32 in Ohio (4/19) this one is a great bargain! Rich aroma, lightly sweet and fruity. Warming alcohol in the nose. Light sweetness, oaky, lightly fruity. Good body and warming on the palate. Expected funky finish but pleasant. A good daily sipper and a great mixer. Great value for the cost. I'd think a really good entry rum for those wanting to try better aged rums. Well balanced. This one will be on hand as long as I can get it. Recommend!
En väldigt allsidig rom som funkar till det mesta. Mat, bak, drinkar, avec men inte en fullträff dock
I tried a sip. Fantastic. I mixed it with a little. Delicious. Really nice at this price level.
Poctivy jamajsky rum, v chuti melasa a "funk", 43 voltov, jeden z najlepsich rumov, aky som zatial pil.
So I’m in a fancy restaurant. Of course they’re heavy on whiskey. I asked about the rum and their top shelf is this and Zacapa 23 with which I’m familiar. I ordered an old fashioned and asked for a straight sip of the AE12. Good stuff.
So, this is just first impression and it is quite good and quality rum, one that makes you easy and enough funny and happy...
This rum has a very harsh alcohol taste. I would put it in a tea on a cold rainy day. But otherwise this is a complete miss for me. Add few more bucks and buy something like Mount Gay XO. It might work though, if you are seeking that "alcohol punch". Than again many cheaper bottles have that as well.
Blind tasted this one with Zaya 12, Kirk and Sweeney 12, and Plantation XO 20th anniversary with a few friends. All my friends had this bottom out of the four. I had it second behind Plantation. I found it more complex than the Zaya and K&S with an awesome afterburn on the palate. I think some newer rums are forced sweetened, not being allowed time to mature normally in the barrel.
My 2nd favourite rum - more cognac type, and not too sweet, wonderful aroma, great aftertaste, bold...and nice bottle.
Nice molasses with good body and its well rounded none of the spiky flavour profile that I get with the Signature which is my go to regular Rum. I can detect the difference to the old 12 year but that bottle is long gone and a comparison is no longer an available option
Orangeish brown colour. This rum has a distinctive oak aroma, with melon and honey; there is a clear yet faint ethereal note to the smell. In mouth, it shows the dry woody flavour with a cognac-like feel to it. Roasted nuts in the finish. Medium body with a warming spiciness (nutmeg). A recommendable one for people who prefer drier rums.
I know I'm supposed to like this, as it is pretty much regarded as the benchmark for Jamaican rum, but it's never the first bottle I reach for when I fancy a little drinkie.
The main issues I have with it aside from the price, are that there is too much of the things I'm not that keen on, like oak and alcohol burn, and not enough of the other things I like in a rum, like sweetness, caramel. and a smidgeon of earthiness.
You can drink a few glasses of it, but the first few sips can be a little hot on the tongue. Finish the glass with a glug or indeed, anything more than a sip and you'll be wincing with the alcohol burn.
For the price of it, there a better sipping rums available. (I haven't really used it with a mixer ... I leave that for the likes of the standard mass-market rums.)
It could be that I'm just not that into Jamaican rum :-/ ... I have a tiny bit of the Joy edition left and whilst it is more complex and smoother than the 12-year, similar basic characteristics are there.
Solid blended rum. Nothing special but nothing bad. Pleasant from nose to throat.