I’ve been accused recently of only posting bad reviews and negative stories in order to get more hits and blog reads. I’ll be honest, bad reviews absolutely get more hits than positive reviews, but that’s not why I’ve been posting so many bad ones recently; I’ve just been drinking too many bad things. Today that changes.
Appleton Joy Anniversary Edition Rare Jamaica Rum aged 25 years is blended by Joy Spence, bottled at 45% abv and bottled in a very cool bottle with a nice cork and wood top. It comes in a nice display case and, spoiler alert, tastes amazing. I paid $219.99 for it, and although it isn’t available at every corner liquor store, it is online and so far hasn’t been trading at crazy levels in the secondary market. To the reader who says $219.99 is already crazy expensive, I’d argue that for a perfectly blended 25yr (25yrs is the minimum, also has much older rum in here too), the price is incredibly reasonable. Compare to a (drinkable) Rye or Bourbon, and you’d be lucky to get it for 2-3x that price.
The color is dark amber with copper shininess. The nose is so complex: it has the distinct characteristics of a high quality rum, molasses, cinnamon stick, cloves, but also has cocoa, leather, caramel, cream cheese based frosting and a hint of espresso. The nose also has almost no heat at all, just incredibly inviting.
All the flavors on the nose come in so strongly on the palate and just keep evolving. The mouthfeel is enjoyable and the finish just goes on and on. This is one special rum, and the only one I’ve ever had that was better was the Foursquare 2006, which was cask strength.
This is such a special bottle that if you like aged rum, it’s a must have. It’s also readily available, even though it’s above $200. It’s a special sipper, and don’t let anyone mix this with anything. Grab your bottle while you still can. 97/100.
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