Appleton Estate 8 Year Old Reserve Finest Jamaica Rum, 70 cl

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Appleton Estate 8 Year Old Reserve Finest Jamaica Rum, 70 cl

Appleton Estate 8 Year Old Reserve Finest Jamaica Rum, 70 cl

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This is exactly what the company has done, condensing the “core” lineup into the following three bottles: Appleton Estate Signature Blend, Appleton Estate 8 Year Old Reserve, and Appleton Estate 12 Year Rare Casks. These brands re-debuted in the spring with a new bottle shape as well—taller and slimmer than the previously squat Appleton bottles, but with some of the same shapely curves. It’s a thoroughly modern approach, as indicated by this quote from Marsha Lumley, marketing director of J Wray and Nephew Limited, Appleton’s parent company (itself owned by Campari): The nose is instantly much less “funky” and “boozy” than the Signature Blend and the recent Reserve Blend. It is immediately putting me in the mind of the old Aged 8 Years bottling.

In the glass we have a dark brown spirit with a copper/reddish hue. It is a classic aged rum colour. When the Appleton Aged 8 Years was available the rum which was available in Europe was a different blend to the one available in the US. As Appleton no longer wished to continue to produce two different rums for two different markets they decided to go with a blend more in keeping with the original Appleton Aged 8 Years in the US market. So effectively the rum known as Appleton Aged 8 Years in Europe was discontinued. This line up came into place around 3 to 4 years ago? Maybe slightly longer. Before that line up we had Appleton Special, Appleton V/X, Appleton Aged 8 Years, Appleton Aged 12 Years and Appleton Aged 21 Years. I’ll be honest and I was never all that fond on the new Reserve Blend. Now it wasn’t that it was a bad rum but it really didn’t offer enough of an upgrade on the Signature Blend to merit the extra price. The Aged 8 Years available in the UK was a worthy sipper and a lot of people preferred it over the Appleton Aged 12 Years. For me the Reserve Blend did not even come close in terms of sippability. Taking aside Appleton White there has been five different Appleton Estate expressions available for quite some time now. Until recently we had Appleton Special (which has been re-branded as Kingston 62), Appleton Signature Blend, Appleton Reserve Blend, Appleton Rare Blend Aged 12 Years and Appleton Aged 21 Years.All in all, though, the biggest takeaway for me in this tasting is my new appreciation for the mid-tier 8 Year Old Reserve—if what Appleton wanted to do in this revamp was get attention on the newest blend, then they’ve done a good job of it. Here’s hoping I can find it for close to MSRP going forward. This cookie is set by Rubicon Project to control synchronization of user identification and exchange of user data between various ad services. The finish is harmonious and long. Like a Caribbean sunset, everything slowly disappears little by little.

This is a fine rum for mixing, but it doesn’t have the gravitas that you might be seeking in a straight sipper — and which you might be used to from the rest of Appleton’s lineup. To prevent repeating myself I will get the whole comparison between the old bottlings out of the way now. This is much more similar to the old Aged 8 Years European bottling and to me very different to the Reserve Blend. It is I will be honest what I was hoping for. Ein gutgemachter simpler Rum ohne den ganzen "funk / hogo" High Ester Firlefanz. :-) Von Joy perfekt und harmonisch geblendet. Für Einsteiger, Barkeeper und Wer auch immer. Made in the Nassau Valley, a lush and fertile terrain in the heart of Jamaica - here, is where every drop of the select reserve pot-still rum used in the Appleton Estate 8 Year Old Reserve is aged, for a minimum of 8 years in the tropical climate of Jamaica, giving it a smoother, fuller flavour. Appleton Estate 8 Reserve. Whenever a new bottle design is revealed in the rum world, it’s immediately met with suspicion of price increases and changes to the liquid. Downgrading of the liquid of course no rum gets better in time you must understand!Recently, Appleton— the pride of Jamaica — announced a new permanent addition to its lineup of rums. The new 8 Year Old Reserve, from Master Blender Joy Spence, is designed to be “Appleton Estate’s most versatile expression of aged rum.” It also coincides with a relaunch of the entire brand, which features new bottle and label designs across the board. All the liquid in the bottle is a minimum of 8 years old. On the nose, the 8 Year Old Reserve is markedly more expressive and mature than the Signature, with notes of grilled pineapple, banana and ginger. There’s a more savory and slightly more wild dimension to this dram, with a greater oak presence and considerably more spice—the slight bump in proof makes itself felt in an appreciable way, lending heft to these flavors. This one strikes me as particularly fruity, with lots of pineapple, citrus and passionfruit notes, closing with a bit of supporting oak tannin. I’ll concede now that this information (particularly the bit about the US and the European blend) I came across or had a discussion with some people in a rum group a number of years ago. I cannot recall the source exactly so if anything I have said is wrong and you can find a more reputable resource please let me know. Nosing Appleton Estate 8 Reserve will also remind you of Appleton’s further aged expressions. It has more refinement and elegance than the Signature blend. On the nose there are notes of Banana and Coconut and a little splash of Pineapple but you get a lot more toffee, caramel, banana bread and milk chocolate. There is also an English Breakfast tea note which reminds me of Worthy Park’s rums.

The 8 Year Old Reserve reveals aromas of spicy fruit and oak, followed by hints of honey, vanilla and Appleton Estate's signature orange peel note. A brilliant honeyed bronze in colour, with a finish exceptionally smooth. In nose soft and discreet. Caramel and fruit break through the alcoholic haze after a long open time and reveal their secret. Banana, pineapple, vanilla dance to the rhythm of the woods. Records the default button state of the corresponding category & the status of CCPA. It works only in coordination with the primary cookie. Now the bottle has been updated and the new taller bottle is much more in keeping with a premium product as is the more stylised and more sparse label and design. It definitely looks more expensive and premium then the old Reserve Blend. Previously the Reserve Blend and Aged 8 Years rum were enclosed with a screw cap we now get a synthetic wooden topped cork stopper. Appleton Estate 8 is printed on the shiny copper coloured lid of the cork. I think the prominent 8 and the sleeker profile will attract more first time consumers.

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Sipped the rum has a little more “fire” in its belly than the nose might have suggested. That said it is still very sippable at 43% ABV. It’s certainly not “rough” in anyway. Fans of the Appleton brand will find plenty to enjoy here, though it’s lighter on its toes than previous expressions. The nose feels fresh, with ample alcohol but plenty of fruity esters, some baking spice, and a swath of orange peel. Lightly oaky, there’s a note of chocolate in the nose as well. The palate is again quite light, almost thin at times, informed by lots of vanilla, chocolate, and orange peel. A touch of hogo— coming across with a slight hint of curry powder — provides some depth, though the overall impact remains muted on the finish — almost basic at times. Am Gaumen dezent und harmonisch. Tropische Früchte, Banane, Ananas und Mangos tragen das Karamell voller Respekt über die Zunge. Edle Holznoten und feinste Gewürze sind stimmig eingebunden. In Nase weich und dezent. Karamell und Früchte durchbrechen nach langer offener Zeit den alkoholischen Dunst und geben ihr Geheimnis preis. Banane, Ananas, Vanille tanzen im Rhythmus der Hölzer.

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