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Tasting Notes – Appleton Estate V/X Rum

Submitted by on February 26, 2011 – 9:08 amNo Comment

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I must make a confession; I’m not a rum drinker. I am, unabashedly, a Scotch fan. I shall even go a step further and say that I look down on those spirits which I would normally find to be better suited in mixed drinks and, ergo, not on the same level with those of the whisk(e)y elite that can stand on its own (I’m especially looking at you, vodka). So why then, do a review of a rum? Well, as a huge lover of cigars and premium tobacco (and rightly so, seeing as how I am a retail Tobacconist by trade), I find I owe myself to exploring more of this world as rum makes a little more sense than say Scotch. So, with that, let us both together take a step into the world that is aged rum.

Appleton Estate VX Rum Tasting Notes – Appleton Estate V/X Rum

Appleton Estate V/X Rum

Today I shall be reviewing the Appleton Estate V/X rum, a very handsome looking offering upon the altar of cane sugar spirits. Apparently, this rum is a blend of rums aged five to 10 years in used Jack Daniel’s casks (oh the humanity!). It is a beautiful golden color, which is a welcome sight to my Scotch eyes.

The nose is rather enticing, and you can tell this is rum. Toffee and some slight banana immediately caress the nose, with a bit of copper. I have read that Appleton Estate employees copper instruments, so I guess that is a bit appropriate.

Now, the taste. The initial taste brings some of the aforementioned toffee and banana, but then molasses also joins the fray. It’s not a very complex rum, but then again it is very entry level. It has a nice bit of woodiness to it, thanks to the cask, and the finish is rather dry and not particularly long. Not short either, but somewhere in the middle. It’s a very clean finish. As I continue to sip it I notice some additional spiciness, black pepper perhaps. The spice is there, layered under the banana and molasses and wood (oak?). It’s an intriguing note and makes me long for a juicy Tatuaje to pair it with.

While this rum will by no means convert me from Scotch, it certainly is a good starting argument on how aged rums can stand on their own. Personally, the Appleton Estate V/X rum feels like an offering that would be best served as a mixer as opposed to a stand alone, sipping beverage. And perhaps there is nothing wrong with that. I poured some of the rum into a strawberry, orange and banana juice mix and to be honest…well, it wasn’t terrible. I could actually see people drinking this and, more importantly, enjoying it.

So what’s the verdict? At about $16 a bottle for some rather surprising rum, I would highly suggest it for any fans of rum, or perhaps to anyone who, like myself, think of rum as being low on the pecking order of the spirit world. I feel a revelation coming on, and I think it’s going to be a big one. I give this rum 3 out of 5 jiggers.

Until next time,


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