All Aboard The Appleton Estate Rum Bus For An Authentic Taste Of Jamaica

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The Appleton Estate Rum Bus is inviting you aboard as it visits Foodies Festival, the UK’s biggest food festival, at Circus Field Blackheath on the 8th -10th July. Serving up the very best in Jamaican rum cocktails made with Appleton Estate aged golden rum, and sips of the luxury Appleton Estate 21 Year Old, the Appleton Estate Rum Bus will be the place to relax and ‘lime’, as they say in Jamaica. Visitors will also be able to try out a sugar cane press whilst enjoying an authentic Jamaican BBQ.

WHY: Climb aboard for the opportunity to sample Appleton Estate’s full-bodied, award winning rums. 100% Jamaican from cane to cup, Appleton Estate Rum have been distilled on the Appleton Estate in the heart of Jamaica since 1749.

WHO: Global Rum Ambassador, Tales of the Cocktail’s Spirited Awards finalist and all round rum expert Ian Burrell will be at the bus on Saturday 8 July. He will be sharing his expertise through a special rum masterclass in the drinks theatre at 3.30pm where he will lead the audience through a tasting of four rums. Meanwhile, on board the Rum Bus, Appleton Estate’s bartenders will be serving cocktails such as the traditional Appleton Estate Mai Tai, the Jamaican Mule, Jamaican Rum Punch as well as sips of Appleton Estate 21 Year Old.

WHERE: Foodies Festival, Circus Field, Shooters Hills Rd, Blackheath, SE3 7AS

WHEN: 8-10 July, 11am-7pm (11am-6pm Sunday)

Appleton Estate Jamaica Rum Unveils To UK Drinkers Reserve Blend, Featuring Rare Reserve Stocks

Appleton Estate Reserve Blend

Appleton Estate Jamaica Rum have announced the UK launch of Appleton Estate Reserve Blend, which is part of its range of award-winning premium aged rums, all of which are produced from ‘cane to cocktail’ on the Appleton Estate in the lush Nassau Valley in Jamaica. Appleton Estate is Jamaica’s oldest distillery and has been crafting rum for over 265 years.

Rich with oak, nutmeg and smoky spices, Appleton Estate Reserve Blend is a premium blend of 20 select aged rums, featuring two very rare reserve stocks. These rare and special rums give Appleton Estate Reserve Blend its delicious complexity and add to the full-bodied, smooth and delicately-balanced spice and nutty notes, which are followed by oaky honey, subtle vanilla, a hint of hazelnut and a bouquet that is reminiscent of a spicy fruit cake. This exceptional rum provides a balanced yet lingering finish with echoes of wood.

Perfect for sipping or transforming ordinary drinks into extraordinary cocktails, Appleton Estate Reserve Blend joins the core range of aromatic, approachable and complex Appleton Estate rums available in the UK, which also comprises Appleton Estate Signature Blend and Appleton Estate Rare Blend 12 Year Old.

The richness and complexity of all three rums stem from the fact that they are all blends of several different types of pot and column still rums of various ages. They are all blended by world’s first female Master Blender, Joy Spence.

All reflect the one-of-a-kind taste created by the ingredients, environment and practices unique to the Appleton Estate and its terroir. With a long and revered legacy of rum-making since 1749, Appleton Estate rums are made from sugarcane grown in the valley, using water tapped from the limestone-surrounded spring and distilled at the estate.

The introduction of Appleton Estate Reserve Blend follows a refreshed packaging design which whilst retaining the iconic bottle, now includes the signature of Master Blender Joy Spence on the cap to reinforce Appleton Estate’s crafted approach to producing rum.

Nick Williamson, Marketing Director, Campari UK: “Appleton Estate is the most comprehensive premium golden rum portfolio on the market. From our Signature Blend to our Appleton Estate 50 Year Old Jamaica Rum, our range spans the spectrum from sumptuous cocktail to luxurious sipping rums, and is one of a few rums to remain true to its roots and authentic, Jamaican full-bodied flavor.

“The new packaging and use of the word ‘blend’ in our range names allows us to celebrate blending as a key factor in premium rum’s rich and complex flavours and at the same time provides consumers with an easy way to navigate the range.”

Appleton Estate Reserve Blend has a similar taste profile to Appleton Estate 8 Year Old, which it replaces in the range. It is a combination of several rums of different styles and ages and does not have an age statement.

Although the packaging changes for Appleton Estate Signature Blend and Appleton Estate Rare Blend 12 Year Old, the award-winning liquid inside the bottle remains the same. There is no change to the names, packaging or liquid for luxury brands, Appleton Estate 21 Year Old Jamaica Rum or Appleton Estate 50 Year Old Jamaica Rum.

Appleton Estate Discovers #RumLive


Appleton® Estate Jamaica Rum is delighted to announce the biggest online rum tasting the nation has ever seen, with the launch of the Appleton® Estate Discover #RumLive Twitter Tasting. On Tuesday, 10 December, at 7pm, rum aficionados from around the UK are asked to join Peter Holland from as he leads you on a taste adventure of rum discovery. Joining in from Jamaica – the island home of Appleton® Estate Jamaica Rum is Senior Blender David Morrison, and the tasting will also feature other rum enthusiasts, including top food and drink bloggers and journalists.

As each tweet highlights a new note, you can unlock the flavour for yourself by sipping along at home with an Appleton Estate Jamaica Rum tasting kit. Order your kit before the 2nd of December and you’ll be guided through four different rums on the night (Appleton Estate V/X Jamaica Rum, Appleton Estate Reserve 8 Year Old Jamaica Rum, Appleton Estate Extra 12 Year Old Jamaica Rum and Appleton Estate 21 Year Old Jamaica Rum).

Share in the experience with hundreds of connoisseurs and enthusiasts alike by following and tweeting #RumLive.

Discovery Notes;

Sign up to and register before 2nd December, to receive your free rum tasting kit, including four samples of Appleton Estate Jamaica Rum; (Appleton Estate V/X Jamaica Rum, Appleton Estate Reserve 8 Year Old Jamaica Rum, Appleton Estate Extra 12 Year Old Jamaica Rum and Appleton Estate 21 Year Old Jamaica Rum). *Rum tasting kits limited to 100*

Save the date and invite your friends – 10 December, at 7pm!

Follow #RumLive…and Enjoy!

Appleton Estate

Appleton Joy

Appleton Estate is one of the world’s most well-known rum brands, hailing from Jamaica and offering up expressions used by all, from cocktails to served over ice. I finally get myself out to Jamaica soon to check out their home, but it’s got me taking a sneak peak before i jet over!

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 Spanish. Frances Dickinson took part in that British conquest and it‘s believed that the Appleton Estate in the Nassau Valley, St. Elizabeth 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. He unfortunately died in an earthquake in 1907 and his vast estate, including Appleton, was eventually acquired by J. Wray and Nephew Ltd. who still own it to this day.

Appleton Estate also comes with a rather unique approach to their production.

The Estate grow their own sugar cane and ferment using soft water from a spring that originates through the limestone hills within the estate. A natural culture of yeast in the fermenting process is also used that has been handed down through generations. Small batch copper pot distillation is the preferred method, blending the rum between both copper pot and column stills. Maturation takes place within 40-gallon Number One Select American Oak barrels and when selected by the Master Blender, Joy Spence, incidentally the first woman to be appointed Master Blender in the world, they are then blended to create the Appleton Estate range. After blending, the rums are set to rest, which allows the marrying of the various components and brings the blend together.

So how does the range fare? Well below, I give to you my tasting notes –

Appleton Estate V/X – 40%

*NOW DISCONTINUED* A blend of rum of at least 5yrs. Light on the nose with an oak aroma coming through near the end. A slight pepper is also present. Dry spice is immediately apparent on the palate, with a vanilla flavour mixed with the oak creating a long, dry, lingering finish.

Appleton Estate Special Gold – 40%

A blend of rums distilled in pot and column stills. These are matured separately before being hand-blended, then aged in refill Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey barrels.
Plenty of caramel on the nose, although becoming lighter with hints of sweetness following. Very light on the palate, rather thin, with a slight sweetness, blended with butter flavours.

Appleton Estate Reserve Blend – 43%

Launched in 2000 to celebrate the 250th Anniversary of the Appleton Estate and uses minimum 8yr old Appletons. Lots of orange on the nose, with hints of hazelnut and soft fudge. Smooth on the palate, developing warmth. Honey, toasted fudge and hits of citrus on the lingering finish.

Appleton Estate Rare Blend 12yr – 43%

A blend of rums between 12 and 18yrs. High notes of vanilla and banana on the nose, which follows onto the palate with a punch, although it mellows with a creamy texture. Creates a long, rich ending.

Appleton Estate 21yr – 43%

Following maturation, this was blended and married in casks for two years and uses minimum of 21yr aged rums. Bouquet of floral aromas and nuts. Cocoa and vanilla swirling around slowly. Plenty of nuts, thick, stewed fruits and hints of rich molasses. Long, fresh with hints of dryness.

Appleton Estate Joy Anniversary Blend 25yr – 45%

This special blend commemorates Joy Spence’s 20th anniversary as master blender. A combination of rums aged for between 25 and 35 years.
Fresh demerara sugar upon the nose, with hints of fresh ripe banana, clove and oak coming through. Ripe notes of red apple, dried cinnamon sticks and coffee, moving to a bold kick of cocoa and toffee. A long, fresh finish, becoming quite moorish.


A cracking range of rum from Jamaica, with versatility to offer cocktails such as;

Applton - Joys Cocktail

Joy’s Cocktail; crafted by the Master herself.

Glass –


Ingredients – 

25 ml Appleton Estate Reserve Blend
75 ml Ginger ale
Slice of orange
5 drops Angostura bitters
Orange peel (garnish)

Method – 

Squeeze the orange slice into a rocks glass and then drop it in the glass and muddle it. Add ice and build in remaining ingredients and stir.

Worth seeking out a couple of the Appleton Estate range for your cocktail evenings, and at least one to sip when the occasion calls for! I’ll be sure to update as and when i experience straight from Jamaica itself!

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