Appleton Rare Old 12

83,00

Average score

Bottle Profile
Distillery Appleton
Origin Jamaica
Bottler Undefined
Type Single Blended Rum (Pot + Column from the same distillery)
Alcohol By Volume 43%
Sugar Measured 0
Description Appleton 12 years old Rae Old Jamaican Rum from 70/80's
Review 3

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Review by "Cyril" Score: 85

Un 12 ans proposé via une bouteille plus classique qui date des années 80.

Nose: Robe cuivrée tirant sur le bronze, huileuse encore une fois avec des larmes encore plus gonflées que son petit frère. Au nez, le rhum est plus sec et moins riche que la carafe en céramique, beaucoup plus fin: on est ici sur les fruits secs (figue, raisin), un chêne sec aussi, du tabac blond, des fruits à coque (noix), et des notes d’alcool un peu gênantes qui cachent sûrement d’autres choses. On retrouve cette légère ambiance métallique, comme cuivrée et une vieille cire de meuble (caustique).

Palate: En bouche, l’attaque est légèrement huileuse, chaleureuse et équilibrée et propose une belle concentration : des notes de réglisse, de tabac, de fruits secs (macérés) et à coque (noix encore), de l’orange ; c’est beaucoup plus expressif et complexe qu’au nez. Très bel équilibre pour un rhum plus classieux et qui devient plus riche au fur au mesure qu’il évolue dans la bouche.

Finish: La fin de bouche est assez longue, sèche et persistante sur des épices grillées, les fruits secs et du cuir.

Thoughts: Un nez plus timide et sec que le précédent rhum mais la bouche impressionne par sa complexité et une richesse qui grandit en bouche. Le tout très bien équilibré, il manque juste un nez plus séduisant mais le temps lui donnera peut-être raison. Une facette plus maîtrisée et plus classieuse du 12 ans.

Review by "Serge" Score: 85

They’re hard to follow, sometimes it’s Appleton, sometimes it’s Appleton Reserve, and sometimes it’s Appleton Estate. Not sure that means a thing. Bottled by J. Wray and Nephew in Kingston.

Nose: Colour: gold amber. Nose: well it’s much lighter than the jug’s, much rounder, and in away, it feels ‘blended’, if you see what I mean. So a much gentler Appleton, without much ‘Jamaicanness’, and you could think it’s some fairly young rhum from La Martinique. Notes of cane juice/vesou, chocolate, ripe bananas, perhaps a little coffee… That’s pretty all.

Palate: not quite the same feeling, while it was shy on the nose, it now kicks you and starts to shoots chocolate and coffee beans. It’s actually much more molassy than the 12 from the jug, and certainly less salty/olive-y, but it does have tar and ultra-ripe bananas. Let’s call it mildly phenolic.

Finish: good, it does get more phenolic now, with some salty olives (brine) and some smoked black tea. Nice earthy aftertaste (clay), also stewed pineapples and burnt sugar.

Thoughts: suffers a bit from the comparison with the stunning jug, perhaps did they add too much caramel or something? Still extremely fine, even if it’s a little too El Dorado-ish.

Review by "Marco" Score: 79

Dark amber.

Nose: Subtle banana, mangos and weak oranges. Then caramel, a hint of black tea, anise and weak spices. Unfortunately not as expressive as the Appleton Extra from the 80s. Deep in the glass tobacco, oranges and caramel. It takes a long time for the rum to unfold in the glass and unfortunately the flavors do disappear too fast after removing the glass cover. This profile is very flat, for a pot still rum. Eucalyptus in background.

Palate: Gentle burning at the beginning. Then caramel, sugar cane and very weak oranges. Then spices, herbs and cinnamon. Oak, toffee and anise from the barrel. The rum is very fast herbal on the palate. At the end a touch of butter and bitterness on the palate. The second sip more caramel, butter, oak and cane sugar. Very little to no fruit at all. Only very weak mangoes and... perhaps oranges? Again, the rum is changing more to a herbal taste. Unfortunately not very expressive.

Finish: Caramel and spices. A touch of herbs and oak. The rum is dsiappearing very fast. A touch of minerals and butter remains on the palate. After the second sip more caramel, oak and spices. At the end again minerals and butter. Slightly dry.

Thoughts: Old but definitely not gold, that's all I want to say. Nothing special you want to remind when you are old and dwelling in memory lane.

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