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Appleton Estate 21 Year Old

The first known documentation of rum production at the Appleton Estate dates back to 1749, however the origins of the Estate date back as far as 1655 when the British captured Jamaica from the Spaniards.

Frances Dickinson took part in that British conquest and it‘s believed that the Appleton Estate was part of the land grant that Dickinson received as a reward for his services. His grandsons were the earliest known owners of the Appleton Estate.

In 1845 the Appleton Estate changed hands from the Dickinson family when it was acquired by William Hill and later changed hands again when it was purchased by one of Jamaica`s most successful merchants, A. McDowell Nathan.

Nathan died in the great earthquake of 1907 and his vast estate, including Appleton, was eventually acquired by J. Wray and Nephew Ltd.  J. Wray and Nephew still owns the Appleton Estate and continues a rich tradition of producing fine rums and spirits to this very day.

The estate may have changed hands many times over the years but since 1749, all Appleton Estate rums have been produced from the single 11,000-acre estate in the Nassau Valley.

The Nassau Valley is part of Jamaica’s world famous Cockpit Country, which is a special limestone formation known as a Cockpit Karst, and was formed over millions of years . Appleton Estate is the only Estate that is located within a Cockpit Karst formation and is the only rum in the world that has a “Terroir” that is as unique as that of the Nassau Valley.

"Terroir" is a set of unique weather, soil and geographic demarcations that impart a unique quality to all of our rums. Proof that it really does matter where your rum comes from.


This spirit is truly exceptional and has been aged for a minimum of 21 years in oak barrels, patiently waiting to be released. For that reason alone only a limited number of bottles of this luxury sipping rum are released each year. While some people spend their time collecting Elvis memorabilia and crystal figurines, true collectors of rare quality will have their eye on this prize. Dust off your snifters and lock the doors, as this is a once in a lifetime experience to be savoured.

Appearance: Coppery/tawny

Nose: Floral scent that develops into a unique mature nutty bouquet, with vanilla, orange peel and cocoa notes.

  • Mellow orange peel
  • Deep vanilla
  • Rich nutmeg
  • Vibrant almond
  • Warm coffee and cocoa

Palate: Baked nuttiness comes on strongly in the tastes of molasses and oak.

Finish: Long, sap-like, brown sugar-like, dry.

Note This Wiki is provided from Information on the Appleton Webesite


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This is the final review in my series of Appleton Estate Rum Reviews, which I began to publish about two months ago.  The impetus for the review series was an invite offered to me to attend a free tasting of Appleton rums in my hometown.  I received a small sample bottle of Appleton VX, and since I owned just about every other Appleton Estate Rum up to the 21 year old I thought it would be fun to review them all.  The 30 year old just about to be released in my locale will be missing …
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