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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.
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.
Still a great um though! Can't beat the price for the quality you're getting off the shelf.
an ok rum at a lower price point for mixing not one of my favorite appletons
I always think of trips to Jamaica and love the spice of this rum in a tasty holiday wassail. It's also great with juice or alone. Always consistently bold and flavorful.
La mejor relacion de precio calidad muy barato y bueno
One of my favorite Jamaica rums. Love the color and aroma. Distinctive taste straight or mixed.
Bottle from Jamaica. Poured over a ice cube. Aroma of dried orange peel, clove and burnt sugar. Has that Jamaican pot still funk on the nose. Taste of heat from the alcohol, with molasses and dried orange peel on the pallet. The nose is prettier then the taste. All and all a great mixer but not bad for a sipper.
Nothing spectacular about this rum. Don't get me wrong, it's not bad but it's just not good either. The aroma is slightly astringent with hints of spiced, vanilla and possibly cocoa. The taste is very warm and astringent with hints of spice, nutmeg and vanilla. Second taste is the same but I do pick up a citrus note as well. I am disappointed this rum wasn't as good.
En fin rom lidt kraftig i det. God til drinks.....
This is definitely a step up from the V/X for a nominal price increase.
Smooth and balanced. A little suger and some wood but not to much of either. There is an unusual earthy taste that is hard to place.
À venir prochainement.............................
This is another must try. No, it's not as good as the 12 but its still a top notch rum.
I have drank this often and find this blend to be on top of its game. Its really easy to drink and does not need much time to open up as similar rums in this segment.
Not as smooth as the 12 year but better than the vx this one is perfect for a Tiki cocktail or on the rocks. Orange peel, crystal clear spring water and a bourbon-like aftertaste make this rum perfect for an introduction to Jamaican rum perfection...without breaking the bank.
Bought some of this in Florida, and didn't get to finish the bottle. Pretty good value, as it is the least expensive on the Appleton menu. I drank it on the rocks which may have toned down the flavor of vanilla.