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Aged for a minimum of 12 years and distilled, blended and bottled on the Estate since 1749, Appleton 12 is generally considered a classic expression of the rum-maker's art.
- ABV 43%
Tasting note: Beaming bright bronze copper colour. Issues powerful aromas of spiced apple, lean molasses and buttered fruit toast. Air contact adds banana confectionary, rancio and nutty, grilled corn-like notes. Ideal sweet/dry balance with the spicy, fruity, brown sugar flavours countered by hints of banana cake and fine tuned astringency. Fades with walnut fudge, oaky vanilla and understated molasses at the last. Remains a clinic on poise in the mid-tier rum category. 43% Alc./Vol.Other reviews.... The first nosing passes find tight notes of molasses and walnut; aeration time releases bigger scents of nutmeg and spiced apple. The palate entry is wonderfully warm and spicy; at midpalate the taste turns cocoa- and vanilla-like, creamy and honeyed. Concludes creamy and delicious. 98 points - www.wineenthusiast.com "Complexity, finesse and power are apt words to describe this excellent aged Jamaican rum. The colour of this aged rum is exceptional. It has an amber hue with a reddish tone that is very lively, and it gives a greenish tint around the rim of the glass that confirms the long ageing in oak casks. This aged rum's wooded smell and taste are perfectly balanced. The aroma is intense but delicate and complex with a predominantly spicy bouquet mixed with nuts, nutmeg and a hint of orange peel. Its powerful flavour has a harmonious, mellow alcohol taste with good length and complexity." - Alain Belanger - Meilleur Sommelier Du Canada 1997.
Classic Cocktail: The Knickerbocker45 ml Appleton 12 Year Old Rum
This cocktail was adapted from Jerry Thomas's How to Mix Drinks, or The Bon Vivant's Companion (1862).
10 ml Curacao Dry Orange
10 ml Framboise (Raspberry) Liqueur
20 ml Lemon Juice
1 Lemon Wedge
Method: Assemble all the ingredients in a mixing glass with ice, squeeze the lemon wedge and drop it in, shake well and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Note: This can also be serve over crushed ice with berries as a garnish. Variation: When raspberries are in season, omit the raspberry syrup and muddle 6 to 8 raspberries with the lemon juice and curacao in the bottom of the mixing glass. Add remaining ingredients and shake well with ice.
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. No tasting notes available.
- ABV 40%
The third release in Plantation's 'Extreme' range is actually two rums: Both come from the Long Pond Distillery in Jamaica. Both were distilled in 1996 and spent 21 years maturing in x bourbon barrels before Ferrand’s traditional finishing in cognac casks in France. Labelled ITP and HJC respectively, they're the result of two slightly different 'recipes'. In Jamaica, distilleries classify rum based on the content of 'esters' post distillation (the aromatic chemical compounds created during fermentation. These determine how heavy the rum is). For Long Pond, their ITP is the slightly lighter of the two marques - having said that, both are described as "full-bodied and funky", with the ITP being the fruitier of the two, fermented for three weeks with an ester count of 386 g/hl AA. In July 2018 there was a large fire at Long Pond Distillery and over 65,000 litres of rum were destroyed. The historic distillery is still standing, but it may be some time before we see more like these. Just over 2000 bottles of each were made for the worldwide market. We have a tiny allocation so collectors will be scrambling for the pair. Plantation's Extreme series is a collection of limited-edition rums that are "simply perfect in their natural state". The Master Blender adds, "Sometimes we find a rum barrel in our cellar that stands alone for its uniqueness of taste which can only be described as “extreme”. This cask is then set aside and bottled for its sheer exquisite essence, resulting in a very limited edition of what we call Plantation Extreme."
- ABV 54.8%
The third release in Plantation's 'Extreme' range is actually two rums: Both come from the Long Pond Distillery in Jamaica. Both were distilled in 1996 and spent 21 years maturing in x bourbon barrels before Ferrand’s traditional finishing in cognac casks in France. Labelled ITP and HJC respectively, they're the result of two slightly different 'recipes'. In Jamaica, distilleries classify rum based on the content of 'esters' post distillation (the aromatic chemical compounds created during fermentation. These determine how heavy the rum is). For Long Pond, their ITP is the slightly lighter of the two marques - having said that, both are described as "full-bodied and funky", with the HJC showing all-round better balance, fermented for three weeks with an ester count of 345 g/hl AA. In July 2018 there was a large fire at Long Pond Distillery and over 65,000 litres of rum were destroyed. The historic distillery is still standing, but it may be some time before we see more like these. Just over 2000 bottles of each were made for the worldwide market. We have a tiny allocation so collectors will be scrambling for the pair. Plantation's Extreme series is a collection of limited-edition rums that are "simply perfect in their natural state". The Master Blender adds, "Sometimes we find a rum barrel in our cellar that stands alone for its uniqueness of taste which can only be described as “extreme”. This cask is then set aside and bottled for its sheer exquisite essence, resulting in a very limited edition of what we call Plantation Extreme."
- ABV 56.2%
Produced at Jamaica's Long Pond distillery in a double retort pot still, this Caribbean gem was matured in an x Irish whisky cask from Teeling, so originally x Bourbon. Bottled in 2018 at natural strength exclusively for Australian & New Zealand rum lovers.
- ABV 52.1%
Very limited allocation. Notes from Plantation... Nose: banana, bitter orange, prune and nutmeg followed by meaty and gingery notes. The palate is rich and full with notes of tobacco, mango and liqourice. Some wood smoke, cloves and toffee through the finish. 52.1% Alc./Vol.
Launched in 2016, 'Transcontinental Rum Line' is a new brand from the French retailer, LMDW (La Maison du Whisky). Aimed at seducing lovers of high-end rum. The colourful packaging is inspired by rum trader's trips between the New World and the Old Continent. Evaporation rates were found to be lower when barrels were matured en route, rather than in the hot Caribbean climate, hence the trips were considered to have an economic advantage. Similarly, LMDW's bottlings are first aged first in a tropical climate for 4-5 years then for up to 12 months in Europe. The cooler conditions slow the maturation process. This natural strength Jamaican edition is from the highly regarded Worthy Park distillery which re-opened in 2005. Notes from the bottler... Nose: full-bodied, pulpy. The very original initial nose is characterized by notes of agave and brioche. Slightly earthy, it allows glimpses of juicy pear, beeswax and candied lemon once allowed to breathe. Warm, it gradually becomes increasingly spicy (pepper, nutmeg), aniseedy and honeyed (acacia). A delicious note of milk chocolate suddenly appears. Palate: lively, elegant. Ripe fruits (Mirabelle plum, plum, yellow peach) bring lots of freshness and creaminess to the attack. The mid-palate is enveloped by precious honeys (heather, lavender) before noble spices (cinnamon, ginger) take over. These are accompanied by notes of latte and spice bread. 57.18% Alc./Vol.
- ABV 57.18%
Like other independent bottlers, Adelphi are branching out to aged spirits categories besides whisky.
- ABV 54.3%
Built in 1750 and sought after for its powerful, estery, pot-distilled spirit, the Hampden estate is renowned for possessing the best cane lands in Jamaica producing the highest tonne sugar from tonne cane milled. This indie edition was bottled at 54.3% Alc./Vol. with an outturn of 346 bottles from cask JM1. Notes from Adelphi... Deep amber in hue; little beading. American oak. Banana bread, caramel toffees, with a vegetal (artichoke, linseed oil) base surrounded by tropical floral scents. The taste is sweet and fragrant, with burnt sugar, and pop-corn in the aftertaste. A drop of water increases the caramel and oiliness, with tropical fruit juice and a rummy aftertaste.
Reduced from $399.00
Joy Spence's 20th anniversary as master blender is celebrated in this extraordinary limited edition bottling of pot still and column still rums. Aged between 25 and 35 years, and simply called “Joy”, it comes beautifully presented in a decanter style bottle and presentation case. Says Spence: “It includes two rum marques which are of particular sentimental significance to me: The first of these marques was laid down to age in 1981, which is the year I joined the Appleton Estate team, and the second is my favourite marque of pot still rum. The final blend is a wonderful rum that I hope will be become a cornerstone of my legacy”. Joy Spence, joined Appleton Estate in 1981 as chief chemist, having graduated from the University of the West Indies with a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and the University of Loughborough with a Master of Science in Analytical Chemistry. She became master blender in 1997, with 2017 marking 20 years with the estate. Expect rich aromas and flavours of orange peel, ginger and spice and a warming vanilla, butterscotch and coffee finish followed by layers of almond and toasted oak. Approx 13,000 bottles released globally. 45% Alc./Vol. Extremely limited stocks.
- ABV 45%
- ABV 63.2%
An intriguing rum from a now closed distillery. Picture indicative only.
Tasting note: Very pale straw colour with flashes of gold. A three phase bouquet exudes a gentle nose prickle; first pass issuing notes of vanilla, nutmeg and cinnamon, becoming riper and more estery with aeration as banana confectionary / fried banana in the second pass. After five minutes, the third phase becomes heavier offering a liquorice strap top note emerging over scents of golden syrup and molasses. Wonderful aromatic complexity. The entry is deceptively light, soft and sweet, then explodes with a bitter/sweet wave of spices that contribute to the slightly prickly and hot mouth feel, however the overall balance is remarkable at this high ABV. There is a flash of burnt sugar (or is it sulphur?) though it remains slight. Spices subside towards the finish which is momentarily sweet as flavours of brown sugar and fried banana return. Concludes exceptionally long and dry with the molasses persisting. Wow! A massive rum experience. 63.2%
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Tasting note: Distilled in a Scottish made Forsyth pot still. Bright gold. Big and estery with bold aromas of dried mango, banana fritter and raw sugar; the sweetness drops a notch after brief exposure, introducing fruit bread, brine, clove and hints of liquorice root. Bigger still on delivery with a tsunami of semi-ripe banana, raw sugar, cinnamon and banana cake expanding at length. Superb balance at this extreme ABV. Fades with light molasses and grassy freshness; rebounds with molasses late in the aftertaste. Raw, robust Jamaican. 57.8% Alc./Vol.
- ABV 57.8%