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.
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
Distinctive orange peel
Hints of ginger and vanilla
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!
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.