Tuesday, July 31, 2007
Tuesday Tasting: Appleton Rum
Tuesday Tasting is a regular feature of Lyke2Drink that explores some of the best beers, wines and spirits on the market. This week we head to the islands for some special rum.
One of the best trips my wife and I have ever enjoyed was to Jamaica to visit an all inclusive resort called Ciboney in Ocho Rios. I was writing regularly for a hotel trade magazine at the time and used to get tons of great invitations to places that we would never be able to afford back then. My regular job kept me too busy to take most of the offers, but we were smart enough to say yes to the public relations people who contacted us with the invite to Jamaica. On top of having a great time, I did get a couple of articles out of the trip.
We loved our time on the island and the hotel did a great job hosting us. One of the lasting benefits of the trip was a new found affinity for rum, particularly the Appleton brand. Appleton is a Jamaican classic. Part of J. Wray & Nephew, which has been making rum since 1749, Appleton takes its name from the island's largest sugar cane plantation. I had a bottle of Appleton 12-year-old in my bar and recently received a bottle of Appleton Reserve, a rum released in the U.S. this Spring.
Appleton 12-Year-Old: Nice amber color and sweet nose. The rum is both mellow and has a slight edge that is actually inviting. Tons of flavors, including vanilla, toffee and a hint of oak. A great sipping rum.
Appleton Reserve: This amber spirit is a blend of 20 different rums from the Appleton rackhouse. There is more spice and oak to this rum and it lingers a bit longer on the center of your tongue. There is only a faint hint of sweetness to the nose and some hazelnut hues in the finish.