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Appleton Estate 12-Year Rum is a blend of several rums aged between 12 and 18 years in American oak barrels after being distilled using small-batch copper pot stills.
The rum is produced on the Appleton Estate, which sits in the Nassau Valley in Jamaica. The estate’s origins date back as far as 1655 when the English overthrew the Spanish to rule the island and Frances Dickinson, grandfather of the distillery’s founders, received the land as a reward for his role in the overthrow.
Not a sipping rum, too harsh for me. But works very well for drinks.
Expected fuller creamy flavour
Very brandy like hard no softness,lack of sweetness
This rum was one I was really excited to get my hands on and I was not disappointed. It was definitely spicier and more spiky than the other rums I've had, but I loved it. Its a challenging rum with notes of Christmas spices, not for everyone, but perfect for me.
not that amazing neat but a high end ingredient for mixing tiki drinks, pretty good in a mai tai especially with clement vsop. a bit too much burnt sugar/fruit flavor for my taste.
Appleton makes two different 12 year blends that l am aware is. This one is not sold in Ontario, Canada, but a friend brought me this back from a trip. Very nice Jamaican style rum for sipping.
Chutove hodne silny, stipe na jazyku. Prijemna chut bez nezadoucich slozek. Velice suchy rum.
Mindre sötman utifrån Jamaicas regelverk som gör den lite mindre bra än den kunnat vara, fungerar fint att dricka bar men inte inom de 10 i topp för mig.
Blend of column & pot still Rums up to 18 years of age...Smooth, fruity, cognac-like.
I was introduced to this Rum many years ago while in Jamaica. I found it to be a definite upgrade from the Special Gold. The smoothness of the finish and rich flavor made this the go-to Rum for me for many years.
Interesting nose with just a bit of a bite at the back end. Not a sipper for me, a bit dry with that bite coming through. Mixed with cola it was very good, full body with a lot of different flavors coming through. Not quite as good with citrus but still
This is not a favorite but will keep it around for a change of pace...
The quintessential, solid go-to sipping rum from Ja.
Great rum from one of the big names. Very decent for the price range, good flavour and quite sweet. I enjoyed it on ice.
I dont like bottle, but rum is very good, little bit stronger, not sweet and not flavoured.
Eminently drinkable with a decent ginger ale/ ginger beer...
Pero me parece basto para un ron que lleva madurando 12 años, por otro lado tiene bastante sabor, principal problema que le encuentro es que no parece que haya madurado lo suficiente, mejor el de 15.
Great value, easy to get in USA, and fairly smooth. Good sipper, and awesome with a cigar.
Sittling here at midnight comparing the 12 Appleton against the Zacapa 23, because enough raters said the 12 was better. In my opinion, the Appleton is way inferior--dry, with a burn in the throat, and no interesting flavors. I had hoped that I would like the Appleton, but c'est la vie. I recently came to rum after decades of single malt whiskey. With single malts I appreciate a dry finish, the Islay way. With rum, I want a bit more sweetness. I don't get that in the Appleton 12.
Nice round-bodied product - can be mixed or consumed neat. Solid contender in the cabinet it gets used in a lot of cocktails - everyone seems to like it.
This is the first rum I’ve tried neat. It’s pretty smooth. I’m getting a taste of banana. Overall, I like it.
This one I would prefer mixed, so I’d go with a cheaper rum. I didn’t prefer this neat or with ice.
It's an unsweetened rum which is nice.. it carries a little spicyness, but boy, I am not a fan of the Funk on the finish. To me the Funk is reminds me most of the swampy flavors you get from fish caught in stagnant waters.
Perfect rum to introduce anybody to dry rums, but at this price range I would take my money somewhere with more complex flavours
I wont hesitate to drink it again but probably on some festival for free
Well, I have to say, I was hoping to enjoy this much more than I have thus far. That said, this is my first real experience with a Jamaican-style rum, so there’s that.
The aroma? Smells like pure magic marker to me- which for this relative newcomer to Jamaican rums is enough to make me recoil and rethink whether I really want to swallow what’s in the glass - especially neat. I’m not 100% sure if that’s the infamous “hogo” I hear so much about, but if so, hogo is a “no go” for my palate. It certainly does bring that funk.
The taste? Not as unpleasant as I would expect given the noxious smell wafting out of the glass, but still not great either. Hard to put my finger on (or tongue on, if you will) but the pot-still flavor imparts a very specific character onto this rum that, while decently complex, isn’t all together desirable either. It’s fine, neither too hot nor too spicy,... just a bit too... well, a bit too odd for me to truly appreciate. Sure, I could get used to it and maybe over time I might even come to appreciate it, in the same way one could get used to drinking RC cola and find some redeeming quality in it... but why?
I will say this, the bottle is a nice shape and mine came in a very fine looking tin housing that i find attractive in the collection. Also, I really do genuinely appreciate the fact that this is yet another distinct style of rum that adds to the overall diversity of the spirit.
So, not a sipper for me, but I will try it in some cocktails soon to see if the funk becomes something my mouth can dance to or not. For now, I’m staying out of funky town and I’m not taking anyone else there either.
The select and reserve Appleton is great for mixing (at a friendlier price), and older ones like the 21 are brilliant sippers. Then we have the 12 year caught in the middle. Probably too nice to mix, not quite smooth enough on its own. As a result, it’s hard to say what place this rum has. I should probably rate higher on its own merits, but I struggle to explain where this belongs.
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