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I tried a sip. Fantastic. I mixed it with a little. Delicious. Really nice at this price level.
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.
Good rhum, never dissapointing. Bought it at discount price, well worth the money. Good on the rocks.
This one is a funky skank! Good think smelly rum with some dank skank flavors! Heyoo!
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.
It definately has it's purpose! With such a rich smokey, less sweet and caramel flavour it lend its talents perfectly to a 50/50 ginger mix. Bit too harsh to drink on the rocks for my liking though.
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Decent flavor and very smooth. May be that’s why Jamaican rum are sooo famous
This was a surprise for me, it's very dark and mysterious as others has said. Strong taste in your mouth at the first sip, it just need a bit to fully appreciate and feel it's final taste, dry and bitter, leaving very pleasant molasses and oak notes.
Well worth sipping on but there is better out there for sure.
La versión mejorada del 12 X0. Un ron extraordinario, muy auténtico y sincero. Sin algún añadido. Probablemente no le guste a cualquiera por lo seco y poco dulce. Pero por eso mismo, es muy auténtico. Si un principiante lo toma, no vuelve a probar ron en su vida. No existe mejor ron en el mercado en relación calidad-precio.
Enjoy on the rocks, neat, or blended. Good fruity flavor profile but definitely has that alcohol burn to it. Solid for the price point. I'll be using this to make a buttered rum for the holidays.
As a Jamaican rum, this is definitely "funky", but it works it well and plays it off with lots of fruity flavours and spicy smoke. Great for sipping but might take some getting used to. I definitely prefer it with a single large ice cube to mellow it a bit. A great, more affordable "premium" rum to have as a not-every-day sipper.
Taking a sniff at this I immediately thought ‘molasses’ and then I thought well yea, it’s a rum dummy, but the aroma is very strong.
Tasting it and my first reaction was that it was a bit harsher than I expected but I quickly replaced that with a simple mmmmm. It is a full flavoured rum, I get a strong smokiness, something coffee like and even though this is not a sweet rum there is something in the background I can’t place that seems to be hinting at sweetnes (I apologise if your reading this for proper tasting notes).
I threw in a couple of ice cubes and it mellowed the drink, taking away the slight alcohol burn that’s in there and that’s how I continue to enjoy it.
The perfect introduction to the funky Jamaican rums, yet still a premium spirit for both sipping and mixing. It doesn’t taste as much moonshine-y as Rum-Bar or Smith & Cross, meaning it’s the ideal rum for the newbies. You’ll want to drink four Mai Tais in a row.
If you've never had Jamaican rum this is a good one to start with since the "funk" isn't too overwhelming. It's very smooth and doesn't have a harsh afterburn like many of the other Jamaican rums. I use this primarily as a sipper but it's affordable enough to also use as a mixer.
It’s good, don’t get me wrong I’d happily drink lots of it, but the earth did not move for me.
I mix tiki and Caribbean cocktails and this offering by Appleton is my go to for most drinks. I really enjoy sipping it or in a simple rum, sugar and lime mix, the unmistakable flavor of banana and other fermented fruit always works in exotic drinks. It is a bit strong for sipping but I enjoy it from time to time.
Jamaica is known for its funky rums, which can be overpowering for beginners. This rum is not nearly as funky as the Jamaican rums can get, so it is a good start for beginners in the Jamaican style
Nose: Molasses, burnt wood and brown sugar
Taste: Caramalized bananas, molasses and a hint of wood
Overall: This fills the mouth instantly with its big and flavourful taste. The aroma would make you think that this is a very sweet rum, which isn´t the case.
nice sipper to relax with. It's sweet yet also has a nice kick. Wont be mixing this as it doesn't need any help.
A good example of Jamaican rum.Good for sipping or mixing.
Sweet and spicy.
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
Grabbed a bottle of this after my honeymoon to Jamaica! Enjoyed it very much! This rum brought me to dark spirits. Over the years I strayed away from rum to whiskey but am venturing back and plan to revisit the Appleton lineup for a revised rating/review!