Thursday, May 19, 2011

Another rum review - Appleton's White Jamaica Rum

If you know me you know I like my rum.  If you know me you'll know I really enjoy 10 Cane and Appleton Rum.  10 Cane is brewed up in Trinidad & Tobago and Appleton is a Jamaican favorite dating back to 1749.  Where as most rums have a little brown coloring from the longer aging process in wooden barrels Appleton's White Rum is...well, white or clear. 

(Average price:  $14 to $17 a bottle)

Appleton's White Rum is distilled on the island estate using copper pot stills then lightly aged (a month) in barrels.   Next up it's carbon filtered to remove color and impurities then bottled up for consumption.

Appearance: Clear with no hazing, separation or floating sediments.  Long legs develop on swirling. 
First Impression: Crisp, citrusy, honeyed bananas, vanilla beans. Slight off/varnish notes after a while. 

Taste: Medium weight body, sweetish but crisp mixed anise, toffee.  Vanilla notes at the finish with a molasses/slight sulfur lingering tang and licorice.  Finish is medium length. 

Final Thoughts:  A decent rum for the money, especially for the price/class.  Most of the rum under $15 will make you feel like you went blind sometime during the night, this is not one of them.  One of the better economy white rums.  Honest, straightforward, and better than Bacardi, for less money.  A solid choice for a white rum.

Bottle/Packaging:  Clear glass with sloped shoulder, "Since 1749" pressed into the shoulder, silvered paper label with simple graphics with typical layout for a island rum label.  Silver neck wrap with black lettering and a screw cap closure.   Too bad they don't use corks.

Visit Appleton at their official website:

BONUS LINK:   Sandals Resorts drops Appleton Rum in favor of El Dorado Aged Rums, Sandals Rum Switch in Jamaican Observer.

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