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Appleton Legend 2005 17yr 49%

RX12458 Very good 1,500 bottles Above 250€
“Unique, estery, and complex. Exceptional for sipping, great in cocktails.”

Legend is an extraordinary rum from Jamaica's Appleton Estate, distilled in 2005 and aged for 17 years. This limited edition, with only 1500 bottles at 49% ABV, surprises with its rich ester profile and tropical fruit notes. The nose captivates with scents of ripe banana, dried fruits, and hints of menthol and varnish, intertwined with woody undertones. On the palate, it delivers a complex blend of citrus, banana, roasted almonds, and subtle medicinal notes, supported by a nutty oak finish. Unlike other Appleton offerings, this rum stands out with its unique, funky character, making it a compelling choice for both sipping and high-end cocktails like the Mai Tai. With its complex, well-integrated flavors, the Legend offers a memorable, top-tier rum experience.

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How does this rum taste?

Appleton Estate's 2005 Legend is a complex, high-ester rum with tropical fruit, spice, and herbal notes. Its 17-year aging adds depth, though some find it thinner on the palate. Ideal for sipping or Mai Tais, this limited release intrigues collectors.

Most frequently mentioned flavors

Aroma

Ester Tropical fruit Woody Banana Fruity Overripe

Taste

Woody Citrus Medicinal Banana Roasted almonds Funky

Finish

Banana Mango Nutty Woody Leather Herbal

Community reviews

8.4/1034 ratings
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8.4/10

“It is already a polarizing rum. Personally, I like it very much because it is simply quite different from all other Appleton's. Lots of fruit, esters, honey but very little wood. A few bitter notes. Pure is good to drink even if not overdimensionally complex but just different. In the Mai Tai he delivers a good final product if he is also here (maybe it's because of the expectations or also because you already had incredibly good stuff in the MT) not really the bringer. The price I leave out (that would correct the rating strongly down) because I want to evaluate the pleasure not the price!!!”

Aroma

Ester Woody Tropical fruit Banana Overripe

Taste

Woody Citrus Banana Tobacco Roasted almonds
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8.6/10

“#4145 This little sample arrived straight from the US this morning and a friend brought it to the door 😊 He just wanted to get a bottle before most and had to lay down close to 800 USD to get a bottle. I'm certain this will turn into a collectors item and many not being opened and used as intended by their master blender Joy. This rum is more Jamaican than the regular Appleton releases for sipping. More funk and a bit more esters and on top of that a lot of fruit. Draws beautiful curtains in the glass and the empty glass has some caramel and dried fruit. Heavily overpriced but who cares if you're a collector 😊”

Aroma

Woody Funky Banana Overripe Earthy

Taste

Woody Funky Roasted Tobacco Banana
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8.6/10

“However, the 17 years in the barrels have given the rum beautiful oak notes, which provide a roasted, nutty undertone and pronounced vanilla flavors in the mouth. Nothing is overdone here, the alcohol (bottled at 49% by volume) is fantastically integrated. The rum is complex without being overpowering. You can really enjoy sniffing and tasting it for a long time.”

Aroma

Ester Tropical fruit Banana Leather Tobacco

Taste

Banana Citrus Tobacco Woody Nutty

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What are the key facts about this rum?

Country
Distillery
RumX ID
RX12458
ABV
49%
Vintage
2005
Made from
Molasses
Age
17 years
No. of bottles
1500
Bottle volume
75cl
Price range
Above 250€
Type of spirit
Rum

What is the price trend for this rum?

1,110 €
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The RumX community has already added 51 bottles to their collections:

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About the Appleton Estate distillery

The Appleton Estate distillery is located in Jamaica. Rums from Appleton Estate have been reviewed 2,336 times with an average of 8.0/10.


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