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Appleton Estate V/X Jamaica Rum (700ml)
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- ABV 40%
Appleton Estate is the oldest and perhaps most famous of all of Jamaica's sugarcane estates. It is nestled in the fertile Nassau Valley on either side of the Black River in the Southwest of Jamaica. The origins of Appleton Estate date back to 1655 when the English captured Jamaica from the Spaniards. Frances Dickinson, whose grandsons Caleb and Ezekiel were the earliest known owners of the Appleton Estate, took part in that conquest of Jamaica, and it is believed that Appleton Estate was part of the land grant that Dickinson received as reward for his services. After many generations of ownership by the Dickinson family, the Appleton Estate was sold out of the family in 1845. From then on, it was owned by a procession of prominent Jamaican families, each of whom helped to increase the size and potential of the Appleton Estate by purchasing additional acreage of land planted with sugarcane. During these years, the Appleton Estate was producing several different pot still rums, and it began to gain a reputation as a reliable source for quality rum, a reputation that continues to this day. Bottlings include Wray & Nephew White Overproof Rum, Coruba Jamaica Rum, Appleton Special Jamaica Rum and the prestigious portfolio of Appleton Estate Jamaica Rums: V/X, Extra and 21 Year Old. Appleton Estate Rums are still produced on the Estate, which encompasses over 11,000 acres of sugarcane as well as a sugarcane refinery and distillery.
Appleton Estate V/X Jamaica Rum, the flagship brand for Appleton Estate, is an exceptional blend of several rums of varying types between five and ten years old. The rums have been hand-blended and then placed in large oak vats for several months to allow the character, flavour and bouquet to fuse together. This results in a fuller, more rounded product.
Tasting Notes: Coppery/tawny appearance. The alluring aroma is floral (think violets) at first, then it turns bean-like and pleasantly nutty after about five minutes. The palate entry is keenly astringent while at the midpalate point a baked nuttiness comes on strongly in bitter tastes of molasses and oak. Aftertaste is long, sap-like, sugary and dry. Superb. 40% Alc./Vol.Rating: 90-95. Highly Recommended - Wine Enthusiast
Other reviews... Few rum producers command the respect of Appleton Estate. While this honey-colored, maple-and-molasses-flavored, oak-aged treasure can supply the heart of many splendid summertime drinks, serving it simply on the rocks with a twist of lemon or orange results in a supremely satisfying, if minimalist, experience for more discerning palates.- Sky Delta
...The first thing you notice about Appleton Estate V/X Jamaica Rum is its rich amber color. The nose is a superb balance of orange zest and bittersweet molasses. The taste is soft - almost silky - and toasty notes abound from aging in oak casks. The finish had flavors of vanilla, caramel and a touch of spice. Full bodied and bold. - Patterson's California Beverage Journal.
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