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Nice smooth smoky flavor. Nice dark rum that pairs nicely with almost anything. I am not even a rum drinker, I do not care for it much. This is rum is truly worth its cost.
Best rum I have tried so far. No added sugar, but not too sweat. Spicy and strong. Absolutely top for the price.
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
Lots going on here, flavour hit like a hammer. Mixing mine with coke and ice and it’s very good. Flavour just goes on and on . Wish I had a good cigar. The price is great too
What a suprise the smooth arouma and taste go hand in hand love it on the rocks
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.
My 2nd favourite rum - more cognac type, and not too sweet, wonderful aroma, great aftertaste, bold...and nice bottle.
This is “The”Jamaican Rum that all other Jamaican rums should be judged by period!!
Nice and spicy (hot pepper) ! perfectly balanced, smooth and punchy at the same time ! Great value !!!
Poctivy jamajsky rum, v chuti melasa a "funk", 43 voltov, jeden z najlepsich rumov, aky som zatial pil.
I tried a sip. Fantastic. I mixed it with a little. Delicious. Really nice at this price level.
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.
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.
I think I have to compare this to the 8 and 21 year olds. It is way, way better than the 8 and maybe 85%+ as good as the 21. Considering it is normally about 1/4 the price of the 21, that is good going. It makes the most sensible purchase.
Having adored the 21 - it felt like rum heaven to me - and disliked the 8 (very harsh and quite bitter), I wasn't sure whether to risk buying this or not, but I was reassured that it was good and took the plunge. I'm glad that I did. On the nose, we are not far off the 21. It is not quite so seductive, but it's pretty much got most of the same hallmarks and comes over as complex and oaky. In the mouth there is a vague note of the harshness of the 8, but it is no more that that. The rum has several things going on and has a great deal of complexity - much more so than the El Dorado 12, for instance - though that one has other good, enjoyable qualities to make it also deserve a 9. Oak, leather, stewed exotic fruit, caramel, roasted brown sugar - oh, lots of things are present. If you like depth, you won't be disappointed in this. The aftertaste is 90% of that of the 21 - rich, delicious and long-lasting. This rum may well make it onto my list of regular sippers at under £50.
I thought I was on my honeymoon. A perfect example of an excellent Jamaican rum. A nice potpourri of honey, orange, molasses and a nice smooth tobacco finish. Wonderful sipper. Enjoy!
This is the first rum that was not sweet at all. It has very dark mysterious notes, wood, oak, smoke, burnt chocolate, tobacco its like a strong masculine parfume and I like it a lot.
It is a little bit harsh neath but it does not bother me at all on the contrary it just ads to the whole experience.
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.
Best rum I've had yet. Better than their signature blend. Way better than Captain Morgan's. Has nice amount of alcohol content. Not too strong of a bite with good amount of flavors.
Ganske fint glas. Duften til den spidse side, men en behagelig eftersmag med en tilpas sødme. Ikke for sød eller i nærheden af at være tør.
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)
Smoother than the vx, worth the extra money if you can afford 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.