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Appleton Estate Reserve Jamaica Rum - Review

Pirate's Delight

Appleton Estate Reserve Jamaica Rum is made at the oldest sugar estate and distillery in Jamaica

The blockbuster “Pirates of the Caribbean” movie series has put rum drinking back in the spotlight, but at Appleton Estate, it’s been in vogue since the 18th century. The oldest sugar estate and distillery in Jamaica, in the heart of the country’s sugar cane belt, has been producing top-quality rums since at least 1749. While harvesting machines are used today, some sugar cane plants on the estate are cut down the old-fashioned way — by men wielding machetes.

The latest addition to the product line available in the United States, Appleton Estate Reserve Jamaica Rum is a non-vintage blend of 20 aged rums hand-selected by Master Blender Joy Spence, the first female to earn such a lofty title in the rum industry. While some of the components — called marks of rum — were pot-stilled and others were column-stilled, each of them has been aged a minimum of eight years in oak barrels.

The Reserve is darker than the flagship Appleton Estate V/X, with a honeyed aroma. The sweetness carries over to the palate, where the satiny-smooth beverage also yields notes of tobacco. The complex, 80-proof drink has a flavor that grows on us; the more we taste, the more we enjoy it.

While some rums are so fine that to add anything to them but an ice cube would be considered an affront (such as Appleton Estate 21 Year Old Jamaica Rum), Spence, a mother of two, enjoys her creation with a splash of soda water. Feel free to add your favorite mixer, make a classic daiquiri, or enjoy it neat like Captain Jack Sparrow.

For more information, visit the Appleton Estate official website

Price: $28

Try a classic daiquiri recipe using rum from Appleton Estate, the oldest sugar estate and distillery in Jamaica


Estate Daiquiri

1 1/2 parts Appleton Estate Reserve
1 part lime juice
1/6 part simple syrup
Orange peel

Shake all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice and strain into a chilled Coupette glass. Garnish with orange peel.


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