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Appleton Estate 15 yo - 43% abv.

Updated: Dec 27, 2018

Rum-Review-A-Day: Day 6 - Appleton Estate 15 yo - 43% abv.

This limited release Appleton Estate rum, hailing from one of Jamaica’s main rum players, is a 15 year aged rum that was produced specifically for the Canadian market - Canada being Appleton Estate’s largest market. As with the majority of Appleton releases, this is a blend of both pot and column still. Typically when compared to other Jamaican funk bombs, such as Worthy Park and Hampden, Appleton produces a slightly less funk-dominant style of rum.

On the nose the rum hits me as buttery. Melted butter poured over sour green apples and sprinkled with freshly ground almonds. The 15 years in wood is of course making itself known with some light vanilla and chocolate notes along with smells of a dusty old wood shop. There are some green aspects going on here as well, with earthy-grassiness that are somewhat reminiscent of an aged agricole. Along with the sour green apples I also get hints of peach and nectarine together with bitter peel from a grapefruit. These fruits may be what is representative of the "Jamaican funk", which is there, but it's quite subdued.

On the palate I find the fruit takes a front seat. I get apples and pears, similar to what I would expect in a Calvados, including the slight nuttiness of almonds and roasted chestnuts. In addition, I find more tropical fruits with pineapple, mango and apricots also making appearances. Vanilla and oak are clearly there on the palate as well, together with light brown sugar melted in a hefty amount of delicious butter. Some baking spices, although not overpowering, almost like an apple cinnamon granola/porridge you used to get served as a kid, that ideally should have had a scoop of brown sugar on top. The grassy notes that I found on the nose are still present here, yet well integrated with the other flavours going on; you’ve gotta go searching for them.

A very nicely balanced Jamaican rum. The 15 years has produced an elegant profile without the wood taking over too much. The 43% abv. makes this an incredibly approachable rum, even for people new to this noble spirit. The finish is medium-long and leaves me thinking of sticky apple pie.

Beautiful rum. Nothing that jumps out at me as mind blowing, but beautiful is definitely the word for this juice.


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