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Velier Appleton Hearts Collection - 2003 2003 18yr 63%

RX11399 Very good Pot Still Rum 5,000 bottles Under 250€
“Exceptional Jamaican rum; balanced fruit and spice with smooth finish.”

Discover the captivating allure of the "Hearts Collection - 2003," a masterfully crafted rum from the prestigious Appleton Estate distillery in Jamaica. Selected and bottled by the renowned independent bottler Velier, this limited-release rum aged for 18 years is praised for its outstanding balance and complexity. With only 5000 bottles available, this premium cask strength rum is a true gem for any discerning rum aficionado. Unveil the richness of the nuanced aroma, with delightful notes of woody, vanilla, banana, caramel, and tropical fruit caressing your senses. Your palate will be treated to an exquisite journey featuring a harmonious blend of woody, vanilla, caramel, licorice, and spice flavors. This pot still-distilled rum, made from molasses, boasts an impressive 63% ABV, offering an intense and satisfying warmth. Savor the experience of "Hearts Collection - 2003," with its skillfully integrated alcohol and captivating characteristics. Be enthralled by enticing touches of fruitiness, earthiness, and warmth that make it the perfect choice for single malt enthusiasts and rum connoisseurs alike. Remarkable for its elegant and bold tropical nuances, indulge yourself in the world of Appleton Estate's top-tier rum craftsmanship with this captivating and delicious elixir.

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  • Woody, vanilla, caramel harmony
  • Intense warmth
  • Elegant tropical nuances

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How does this rum taste?

This Appleton Estate Jamaican rum, bottled by Velier, offers a harmonious blend of dried fruits, gentle spice, and subtle funk. Its aged woody notes and warm caramel are elegantly balanced at a powerful cask strength, making for a complex, indulgent sip.

Most frequently mentioned flavors


Woody Banana Vanilla Tropical fruit Caramel Ester


Woody Caramel Vanilla Licorice Banana Spice


Woody Roasted Vanilla Dried fruit Bitter Licorice

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“Very coherent low-ester Jamaican. Spicy, earthy and just the right amount of fruitiness.Very nice Abfüllubg! In the top 3 of the Hearts Collection series.”


Woody Earthy Complex Caramel Banana


Woody Intense Glue Spice Roasted
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“A very nice balanced nose. Dried fruit dominates, restrained barrel maturity given the age. Unlike the other Hearts, no solvents. Alcohol perfectly integrated. In the mouth very powerful, full warm. Now very spicy and black olives. Complex. A great Appleton. High craftsmanship. Perhaps a bit too well-behaved at the end. Closest in flavor profile to the Rare Blend. Appleton Hearts 2003 - 2002 - 1993 Nose: All three very, very similar. Same marque? Banana bread, dried apples, licorice, caramel, fine spice, glue and glue. Powerful and warm. Compared to the 2003, the 2002 is a bit drier, dustier, a bit more licorice and less fruit . The 1993 is a bit woodier and more complex. All three great. Mouth: 2003 and 2002 again very similar. The 2002 a bit woodier and spicier. The 1993 then again... perhaps a touch too much. Conclusion: all three shine with a beautiful flavor profile. All three highest craftsmanship in terms of quality, integration of alcohol and wood maturity. The latter also applies to the 1993, 29 years of tropical storage and - matter of taste - just fine. Which one do I like best? Difficult decision, probably the 2002. What do I miss? The variety. How many marques can Appleton muster? Is that all after 7 bottlings? Edit: Now the bottle is empty. A great bottle, a pleasure every time.”


Dried fruit Banana Earthy Tobacco Mocha


Dried fruit Dried apricot Banana Leather Tobacco
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“#4025 A nice complex nose with fruit, wood and some spice. A very fresh nose with earthiness to it. The palate is only lightly bitter with wood, light fruit, caramel and nuts in the foreground. The finish is medium to long with wood and dried fruit. Price to quality is pretty good when remeased.”


Orange Banana Vanilla Woody Coffee


Tobacco Caramel Orange Licorice Bitter

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What are the key facts about this rum?

Pot Still Rum
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18 years
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Under 250€
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About the Appleton Estate distillery

The Appleton Estate distillery is located in Jamaica. Rums from Appleton Estate have been reviewed 2,096 times with an average of 8.0/10.

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