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Appleton Estate Releases 50 Year Old Jamaica Rum - Jamaica Independence Reserve

Jack Bettridge
Posted: June 22, 2012

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Rules for labeling aged rum are not standardized worldwide. The age statement on a bottle may reflect an average age of the rum inside or simply the oldest rum in the bottle. However Appleton adheres to the English standard—ironically the very country from which the island had gained its independence—in labeling for age. All of the rum in the bottle is as old or older than the age statement.

For your five grand, you also get a magnificent presentation in packaging that took about a year to formulate, according to Spence.

The bottle is a crystal decanter, produced by Glencairn Crystal of the United Kingdom and designed after the curvaceous shape of other Appleton vessels. The brass and cork stopper is finished in gold, and gold screen printing on the bottle reflects a host of national symbols of Jamaica.

The rum is presented in a black lacquered gift box with gold-finished brass hinges. It contains a commemorative booklet that outlines Jamaica’s march to Independence and the journey of the 50-year-old rum.

(Cigar pairings on next page)

Appleton Estate 50 Year Old Jamaica Rum - Jamaica Independence Reserve (90 proof, or 45 percent alcohol by volume, $5,000)

APPEARANCE: Dense, dark amber, almost molasses color, with a hint of green-tinged copper. Chunky legs that take forever to make their way down the glass.

NOSE: Solid honey and molasses aromas are joined by banana, soft spices and a graham cracker note.

PALATE: Licorice hits the tip of the tongue and then explodes across the palate with hints of maple sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, more banana and honey.

FINISH: The finale is where this lovely rum distinguishes itself, insistently going on and on like a pinball game where the ball would rather continue to light up the bumpers (in this case the above tasting notes) again and again than to drop.

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