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Appleton Estate 30 Year Old - Jamaica

Appleton Estate 30 Year Old - Jamaica

APPLETON ESTATE 30 YEAR OLD
The true sense of the word ‘craftsmanship’ lies at the heart of this limited edition 30 year old rum from world famous Appleton Estate in Jamaica. It is a very rare blend made up of several types of rum that were hand selected by our Master Blender, you guessed it, more than 30 years ago.

Each rum is individually aged for 8 years and then blended and placed again in oak barrels where they rested for another 22 years. The result of this unique dual ageing process is an exceptional spirit that is unmatched the world over for its taste, character and smoothness. Only 1,440 bottles of this very rare 30 Year Old Rum were handcrafted by our Master Blender and released in 2009.

Tasting notes
Appearance: Bright and shiny colour with a coppery hue
Nose: Baked pear, maple, spice and orange peel notes with hints of ginger and vanilla
Palate: The subtle oak character is wrapped with delicate spices and vanilla

Baked pear
Distinctive orange peel
Maple
Spice
Hints of ginger and vanilla


Finish: Its clean finish lingers with molasses
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Appleton Estate
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Appleton Estate is a sugar estate and distillery in Jamaica that has been handcrafting rums since 1749. They produce a wide variety of aged rums, as well as standard gold and white rums. Located in the heart of the country's sugar cane belt, it is the oldest sugar estate and distillery in Jamaica. The Estate's sugar cane is harvested by machine as well as the old-fashioned way—by men wielding machetes. The Appleton Estate covers more than 11,000 acres (45 km2) of land.

The parent company, J. Wray and Nephew Ltd., also produces the popular Wray & Nephew White Overproof Rum.

History
The origins of the Appleton Estate go back to 1655 when the British took control of Jamaica from Spain.

Products
The Appleton Estate produces tropically aged pot still rums made in copper pot stills.

The Appleton Estate offerings, which include "Reserve", "Extra 12yr", "V/X", "Extra 21yr", and "Master Blender's Legacy" editions, have performed well at international spirit ratings competitions. For example, the "Extra 12yr" edition was awarded a 96-100 rating at the 2008 Wine Enthusiasts competition.

The Appleton Estate Rum Tour is a major tourist destination in the island.

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Edited by: Steve66 - 11-01-12 20:40:33

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Re: Appleton Estate 30 Year Old - Jamaica

I thought it was a really good, smooth rum with extraordinary complexity. I note that the Arctic Wolf has marked it down for excessive oak taste,  but we disagree on that point.

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Excessive oak taste.... Well if you spend the money on a bottle like this you better know what you are buying. 30 years in a barrel must make some changes to the rum. If that is not desired the logical choice must be to go for a younger rum. Testing a rum like that is an occasion all by itself.

I have never tried any Appletons yet. I got two unopened V/X's I bought in the tax free last time I went home for vacation. I hardly think they are comparable to the 30 yo though!

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I should note that the oak issue of the 30 is almost entirely solved in the overpriced $5000 50 year old, which is stunning but unaffordable

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This shows the importance of picking the right casks. With these long aging periods I guess you want to use casks that adds less character to the rum. Using a young cask here might be a disaster.

50 years in tropical conditions is actually pretty amazing, I wonder how much is left in each cask after such a long aging period. They probably move the rum between casks to get the correct wood influence but the losses over time must be huge.

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