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Why they have even made this?!?!? Pass years I have had this feeling that the quality of Appleton has gone down. Even their 12-years old does not taste as it used to.
I was expecting little more when I decided to taste these "relatively new ones" Signature and Estate Reserve Blend. Same crap both of them.
I love Appleton Signature for tiki drink mixes, this is why I give it an 8...why bother spending more if you are mixing it. Sure you could get a 12 year Appleton and it is great but when the other ingredients blend the tiki Gods are smiling:) Aloha from West Palm Beach Fl!
This is not a rum that makes a bold statement or gives one a hint of any specific flavor or aroma. It is not a sipping rum after a good dinner with good company. I give it a 6 because it's a good every day rum that, for me, mixes well with a Pepsi after a long day at the office.
I'm having trouble finishing off my 1.75L of this stuff. It has a horrible metallic finish and aftertaste even when mixed. Starts good and smooth but what it ends with does not make one want to take another sip.
Tastse like a high quality rum should taste. I usually only use this rum in cocktails but it's actually ok for sipping. It's not the best but considering value for money I wouldn't mind adding it to my collection
I bought this rum when I asked for a good sipping rum, the man who usually suggests really good rums told me it was one of his favorites. First reaction when opening the bottle, my roommate could smell it from 6 feet away. It almost reminds me of a weaker Bacardi 151. I would not recommend.
Horrible smell, bad taste, really rough on tongue, also in neck. No specific flavours, no reason to drink.
has that hogo funk you look for in a Jamaican
taste - smooth, bananas, orange, vanilla
Nice mixer, wished I saved some so I could compare with J Wray Gold. Used up my bottle making a nice Mai Tai with Clement.
At first the scent comes off as if it were going to be harsh, but then you take a sip and you figure out it’s just the strong spices coming out, with a medium caramel. The rum goes down smooth, not what I was expecting. For 20 dollars, it’s definitely better than captain org. and Bacardi spiced.
I’m happy with this rum. Good staple rum. It has that English style strong molasses flavour. Not complex if your looking to disect it’s flavour but still great on the rocks for something nice and reasonably priced.
Enjoying my current bottle
I'll be the first to admit that I'm not a huge fan of Appleton rums. But as far as Appleton rums go, this isn't bad!
Smells and tastes of oak, spice, and orange peel with a hint of molasses. It's not as good as the Reserve Blend and definitely not as good as the 12 year, but it's not that far behind.
If you like the Appleton rums more than me, you should like this just fine. If you don't like the Appletons (like myself), then you might consider spending more on the Joy Anniversary blend, which is a nice step up from the other Appletons.
Given that I enjoy sipping on rum rather than use it for mixing I did not expect this rum to be a winner. Glad I only purchased a 375 ml bottle as this is well below the Appleton Rare Blend 12 year rum which I despised. This is a pretty awful rum on its own.
Opět jsem byl podroben slepému testu. Kamarád nakupoval v bezcelní zóně v Egyptě, a tak jsem se zase rád nechal překvapit, co si dovezl.
Alkohol: 40 %
Aroma: První přivonění...že by karibský rum? Voní nějak povědomě. Koženě pomerančové, nasládlé aroma. Postupně se přidává koření, hlavně skořice. Trochu až vánoční nádech, marcipán, karamel. Vůně je OK. (84 b)
Chuť: Oproti vůni je ale v chuti dost suchý. Koření, kůže a pomeranče ale zůstávají. Jen bez sladkosti. Dochuť je pak hřebíčková. (78 b)
Shrnutí: Podle vůně povědomé, po ochutnání už si ale jistý nejsem. Každopádně tipuju karibský rum. Přesnou destinaci si ale netroufám hádat. Něco základnějšího, ale může být odkudkoliv.
Always heard good things about Appleton. But I have to say this rum is trash. Horrible taste and has a small to match. It is ok as a mixer if you please. However for the price you can get a better rum for cheaper when it come to mixing.
It was a gift from a friend who went to Jamaica, so I do not want to be too critical. It was very strong straight and much better mixed.
I had this on a Disney cruise and enjoyed it but when I bought a bottle back in the states i was surprise that it didn't taste as good. To be honest I may have had the Reserve Blend on the cruise. I will try it next to be sure. Either way this rum is good for rum and coke but I still prefer Sailor Jerry for my rum and coke. This rum is a tad heavy on the spices with no real outstanding single flavor.
Has a lack of smoothness I didn't really care for but the flavor was definitely a classic full rum flavor. Had it with a couple ice cubes to catch a chill. It's definitely a nice step above the captain but that's not really saying much for me. I'd just as soon spend the same amount on the sailor as I would this one for the fact that it just didn't have that special I don't know what, same that the sailor does have the hint of.
The taste of this rum is like drinking bad vinegar. It has almost an apple cider vinegar and metallic taste. For a cool rum, it burns. You might get by giving this to a drunk wedding party, but not to a good friend to enjoy sipping with. I have had $10 rums that were better. I cannot recommend this rum
My first ever bottie of Jamaican juice as I was in the mood for a touch of their pot still "hogo" mixed in with my usual Demerara & Barbados with a splash of Black Strap house blend. Beyond the occasional taste I'm not a fan of Jamaican style so I'm not in a position to claim authority. Plus, there is a cork dork at every cocktail bar that loves the stuff nowadays.
Standard rum. Tastes a little harsh, a bunch of barrel flavor, no sweetness. A burn on the end of it. Mixing rum, not sipping rum, but not horrible to sip
Aroma is nice though as a sipper not a lot of body and has a tough edge to it. Okay as a mixer with a nice but narrow taste. Not a keeper for me.
I'm not entirely sure when the quality of this rum began to deteriorate because, for awhile, I wanted to believe the dropping of the age statement on my go-to rum was meaningless. But, alas, no. It's still a decent mixing rum, but has lost some flavor and is a bit astringent. Campari's takeover of Appleton Estate likely plays a role here, and I've noticed the label is silent on where the bottling (as opposed to blending) takes place. The Reserve (one step up) is better bang for the buck if you can find it.
A go to when your cocktail calls for a little Jamaican funk. Don’t let the funk steer you away from a Jamaican classic!