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Appleton Estate 50 Year Old Jamaica Independence Reserve is (to our knowledge) the oldest bottling of a Rum that has ever been attempted before.

Although not on sale until August 2012, we thought we’d share some details we’ve found out about this very exclusive rum.

Here are the details:


Appleton Estate Jamaica Rum is proud to announce the launch of the world’s oldest rum, Appleton Estate 50 Year Old Jamaica Independence Reserve.

The limited edition golden rum will be released in August 2012 to mark 50 years of Jamaican independence. Encased in a hand crafted crystal decanter, only 800 bottles will be released making each £3,500 bottle a special addition to any drink connoisseur’s collection.


Appleton Estate 50 Year Old Jamaica Independence Reserve gives a respectful nod to nationwide celebrations of independence in Jamaica on 6 August 1962. Poinciana trees were planted across the island as a symbol of a new beginning, and at five minutes to midnight the lights at the National Stadium were turned off, “God Save The Queen”, was played for the last time and the British flag was lowered. Lights were turned on as Jamaica’s new flag was raised and Jamaica’s National Anthem, “Jamaica Land We Love”, was officially sung for the first time.


Appleton Estate 50 Year Old Jamaica Independence Reserve is a hand blended and exceptionally smooth, deep mahogany sipping rum that will excite the most sophisticated of palates. Its powerful notes of oak, vanilla, cinnamon and maple resonate with a distinctive hint of orange peel – the hallmark of all Appleton Estate Jamaican Rums.

Crafted from a blend of rums that have been aged in oak barrels for a minimum of 50 years, each barrel was set down over half a century ago with the vision of creating an extra special rum to celebrate the landmark 50 year anniversary of independence in Jamaica.

The handcrafted crystal decanter denotes etchings inspired by Jamaica’s national symbols. The bottle comes with a commemorative booklet that outlines Jamaica’s march to Independence and the rum’s remarkable 50 year journey.

First launched on 7 June 2012 at Jamaica House in Kingston, the Prime Minister of Jamaica, Portia Simpson-Miller was among the first to taste the limited edition liquid. Also present was

Appleton Estate’s renowned Master Blender, Joy Spence. Joy, who has been monitoring the progress of the barrels since she began at the Estate as a trainee, says, “It has truly been a privilege to witness and contribute to the transformation of this once in a lifetime rum. I can’t think of a better way to celebrate this landmark date for my country.”

Award‐winning mixologist and Appleton Estate brand ambassador, Jamie MacDonald, says, “This is undoubtedly Appleton Estate’s most exceptional spirit to date. From the rich coppery reflections in the liquid to the intense flavours and the smooth honeyed finish, it is truly a masterclass in the art of rum.”


Appearance: Dark mahogany colour with rich coppery reflections and a very pronounced green ring of ageing.

Bouquet: Powerful oak infused with rich vanilla and layered with cinnamon, maple and orange peel

Finish: Exceptionally smooth with a honeyed oak finish


Sounds pretty impressive huh?

The Appleton Estate 50 Year Old Jamaica Reserve is due to go on sale in August from selected retailers (including we hope our friends at The Whisky Exchange) however we think this is likely to be a rum too far for poor All Star Cask, although we’ll start saving the pennies straight away!

The rum is in fact so exclusive that Appleton have launched their own Concierge service to help you track down a bottle should you have £3,500 to spare:

Should any rich benefactors out there be feeling generous, you know where to find us 🙂

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