Review: Appleton Estate 12 Years Old Jamaican Rum / by Jason Hambrey

12 Years
From Molasses
Distiller Appleton Estate (Nassau Valley, Jamaica)

The Appleton Estate has been distilling rums since 1749, and they have certainly grown in production since then. This represents the lowest of their age stated range. The rums are all pot distilled, and, though still sweet, they aren't relatively as sweet as many rums - a good thing in my book.

Review (2015)

  • Batch: N/A

  • Bottling Code: N/A

  • Bottling Date: 2013

 Nose: Fabulous! a great rum nose - oak, brown sugar, candied orange peel, and slight vanilla - still with some nice orange notes and sharp molasses. The sweetness and woodiness comes out, almost as maple.

Taste: This is quite delicious, and it is complex and evolves. Quite sweet, and it starts lightly with some citrus, vanilla, and oak before turning darker with some more spices including somegreen cardamom.

Finish: Dark, thick molasses with some spices - a bit like clove, perhaps - they're somewhat darker than in whisky. This is very nice. The molasses lingers for some time. It has quite decent weight and length too - very enjoyable! Fruity,'s quite nice, I must say!

Assessment: Recommended. Not far from being a notch higher, either.

Value: Average. A good rum for the price.