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Appleton Estate Reserve Rum is a blend of 20 different rums of varying ages, the youngest of which is aged eight years in used Jack Daniels whiskey barrels.
This rum is produced in the Nassau Valley of Jamaica on the Appleton Estate from locally sourced sugar cane and limestone-filtered water.
Not the best rum in the Appleton family... The scent is nice but the taste en finish do not keep up to the promising scent. Therefore good in the mix with coke
A nice amber colour on the darker side. Notes of citrus and carmel. A step up from VX. Great over ice without mix so one can enjoy the complexity of flavour.
I bought this bottle because i could not find Saint James rhum after moving from Texas to another state.
Spicy, peppery, burned carbonized onion taste. I wanted to throw the whole bottle away on first taste. I kept the bottle a few months disliking it each time. It has a coarse and chemical taste. I ended throwing the whole bottle in the trash.
Good nose for a mild spicy rum. Not bad in mouth, a bit too peppery for me. Some good notes of honey and cinnamon. Hot smoky ending.
Very nice in the nose. round nice taste, use it pure or mixed always a pleasure
This is what I would consider as the mainstay of Appleton bar rums. Good for mixing, but I would not try this as a sipping rum. I had no regrets using this in mixed drinks. It's a dry rum that blends well with whatever you put in the glass.
Very fruity, almost overwhelming nose. Smoky taste takes over all others, with a lingering slightly unpleasant spice. Better when Coke is added, but still not great.
Been to Jamaica 3 times, they always serve Appleton and I usually bring a bottle or 2 home. It is a fine rum and makes me think of the island.
It's a middle of the pack rum. Unaltered, a little phenolic, and a touch of funk.
Nothing special until I made mojitos with it at a pool party. Wonderful for rum cocktails. Make yourself popular and throw some mint on this stuff.
De los más simples. Muy dulce para mi gusto aunque superior al V/X
I like Appleton. The rums they produce are some of the best for mixing (To be fair I have not tried the entire range.), ginger ale and a wedge of lime. I find the brash, strong, bold flavors perfect with the mixer.
I have tried this rum several times but do not like the taste. I much prefer the Appleton Estate V/X.
Don't bother trying it on it's own. As a mix in a blended drink on the beach it is great.
This is a pretty good drink. No added sugar and so it's got a bit of a burn and it's not super smooth but it's good rum. Probably too many rums used that it doesn't have it's own special flavour it's like when you mix all the soda flavours together at burger king in the self serve.
Sampled the Appleton Estates Reserve while escaping the Hurricane Irma to Jamaica during last weekend. A tad strong for an enjoyable neat sipper. Alcohol smell, taste and burn are surprisingly strong. Appleton Estates 12 year old is quite similar on flavor profile with the Reserve.
I like that this rum is aged in ex-Jack Daniels barrels, my other obsession! Not one to be enjoyed straight up as the burn and harshness is too strong. Molasses, orange rind, spice, pepper and caramel are the predominant flavors. The flavors tend to be off for me leaving me to take a step up to the rare-blend 12 year to sip neat.
A step above the vx but not in the same league as the Appletons aged selection. Doesn't quite hit the mark on the rocks as the aroma doesn't wow and it's just not smooth enough. As a mixer though it works well to give you a nice taste of Jamaica.
A slight improvement on the other Appleton I tried. Not great by any means, but a decent enough rum for mixing with a nice taste. Not good enough to drink straight in my opinion.
It's tolerable as a neat drink or over ice but it's not really enjoyable to me. Tried it as a mixer and it works great there. I would stick to this for mixing and buy the 12 year as a neat drink.
Nothing much to enjoy here. Typical Jamaica which I cant find to like.
Solid sipper. Not harsh. Nice finish. Molasses nose.
Just kidding! Had this a couple years ago, thought it would be better
I purchased this rum, along with the 12 year, to compare both to the Appleton Estate 12 year Rare Blend and what I saw was surprising. Now in no way did this rum match up the the rare blend, but the reserve was dramatically better than Appleton's stranded 12 year rum. This rum priced at $19.99 at my liquor store, and is cheaper than both the 12 year ($27.99) and the rare blend ($34.99). When first entering the mouth, this rum dances with undertones of sweet vanilla and others that I couldn't pick up on. The overpowering flavor of whiskey kicking you in the face makes and makes you want more. I was able to pick up on the whiskey flavor being slightly similar to Jack Daniels and was surprised to learn that I was right. However, I guess this happened mainly because it's my favorite whiskey and I think I just wanted it to be Jack Daniels. However, this flavor of the whiskey overpowers the flavors of this rum, and if I wanted to drink whiskey that kinda tastes like Jack Daniels, I would have just gotten Jack Daniels. Great for what you are paying and can be sipped, but I think this one belongs in mixed drinks.