Appleton Estate Jamaican Rum is a premium rum brand that originates from the Appleton Estate, a sugar estate and distillery located in the Nassau Valley in Jamaica. The estate has been in operation since 1749 and is one of the oldest and most renowned rum producers in Jamaica.
Appleton Estate Jamaican Rum is made using locally sourced sugarcane that is fermented, distilled and aged on the estate. The rum is produced using a traditional pot still method, which results in a complex and flavorful spirit that is highly regarded by rum connoisseurs around the world.
Appleton Estate Jamaican Rum is available in a range of different expressions, including the signature 12-year-old blend, the rare 21-year-old blend, and limited edition releases like the 50-year-old Jamaica Independence Reserve. It is often enjoyed neat or as a key ingredient in classic cocktails like the Mai Tai or the Rum Punch.
The history of Appleton Estate Jamaican Rum dates back to 1749 when the estate was founded by John and Frances Dickinson, who were among the earliest British settlers in Jamaica. The estate was initially used for growing sugar cane, but in the late 18th century, the Dickinson family began producing rum as well.
In the 19th century, the estate changed hands several times, with various owners adding new buildings and equipment to the distillery. In 1845, the estate was purchased by William Hill, who expanded the distillery and introduced new technology to improve the production process. Hill’s innovations included the use of steam power to crush the sugarcane and a new copper pot still to distill the rum.
In 1893, the estate was purchased by the Lindo family, who continued to innovate and improve the production process. The Lindos introduced a new technique for blending rums of different ages and created the signature Appleton Estate Jamaican Rum blend, which has become known for its complex flavor and aroma.
In the 20th century, the Appleton Estate continued to grow and modernize, and in 1981, it was purchased by J. Wray & Nephew, another prominent Jamaican rum producer. Today, the estate remains a leading producer of premium rum, and its products are exported to markets around the world. The Appleton Estate also operates a visitor center that offers tours, tastings, and other experiences for rum enthusiasts.
The ABV (alcohol by volume) of Appleton Estate Jamaican Rum varies depending on the specific product. However, their range of rums typically have an ABV between 40% and 43%.