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Appleton Estate 50-Year-Old, The World’s Oldest Barrel-Aged Rum

Spirits

06.22.2012

Appleton Estate 50 Year Old Jamaica Rum

Appleton Estate has just announced the upcoming release of their Appleton Estate 50-Year-Old Jamaica Rum – Jamaica Independence Reserve. It is comprised of rums that are at least 50 years old, but some stocks could be much older, and is believed to be the oldest rum available for sale in the world.

As one may imagine, this very rare rum will be in short supply with only 800 bottles available worldwide and only 70 of those coming to the U.S. market. The price, you ask? $5,000 per bottle and each bottle will be packed in a custom hand-blown Glencairn Crystal Decanter and celebratory black lacquered gift box.

The press release announcing the release read: The rums that make Appleton Estate 50-Year-Old Jamaica Rum were specially set aside to age over 50 years ago with the intention of creating a one-of-a-kind blend that would one day be bottled to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Jamaica’s Independence. For over fifty years these rums were looked after – first by Master Blender Owen Tulloch and then by his protege and current Master Blender, Joy Spence.

This highly anticipated offering breaks new ground for the rum category as the Appleton Estate 50-Year-Old Jamaica Rum is believed to be the first rum to be aged a minimum of 50 years. “I am honored to have played a role in the creation of the Appleton Estate 50-Year-Old Jamaica Rum,” says Master Blender Joy Spence. “Combining my passion for the highest-quality handcrafted rum with my pride in the country of Jamaica is a true privilege. I am honored to share Appleton Estate 50-Year-Old Jamaica Rum with the rest of the world at this very exciting time as we celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Jamaican independence.”

As the 50th Anniversary of Jamaica’s Independence approached, Master Blender, Joy Spence carefully examined each barrel to ensure that the barrels had aged to perfection and had attained the level of complexity and richness that would be fitting to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Jamaica’s Independence. The barrels were taken from the warehouse to the blending hall where they were brought together in a special vat and left to “marry,” for several months, where each rum’s character, flavor and bouquet were allowed to fuse together in harmony. The result is the highly anticipated Appleton Estate 50-Year-Old Jamaica Rum – Jamaica Independence Reserve Rum.

“The introduction of Appleton Estate 50-Year-Old Jamaica Rum marks a significant milestone for the rum industry, and Appleton Estate is very proud to introduce what is believed to be the world’s oldest rum,” says Appleton Estate Jamaica Rum Brand Manager Gregory Levine. “Appleton Estate has been creating fine handcrafted rums since 1749 in Jamaica’s Nassau Valley, and the historical launch of Appleton Estate 50-Year-Old Jamaica Rum demonstrates the unwavering commitment to extraordinary quality and masterful blending, yielding complex flavors that has placed Appleton at the pinnacle of rum making.”

For purchase information from Appleton Estate’s white glove concierge service, visit http://www.appletonestateinsider.com/50year.



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