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Rare Blend 12 Years

Appleton Estate

75 /100235 reviews

30 EUR


Facts about the rum

Made from
Molasses and sugar cane juice
Pot and Column Still
12 years
Bottle volume
Price range
Under 50€

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The Rare Blend 12 Years is a Jamaican rum produced at the Appleton Estate distillery. It has an ABV of 43% and is aged for 12 years. It has a fruity nose with caramel, wood, and vanilla notes, and a dry, smoky, spicy flavor with bittersweet chocolate and hints of caramel and fruit. Reviews are generally positive but some find it too strong or lacking in complexity. Cuba Libre is another medium-bodied rum with woody and musty notes that can be used for cocktails or enjoyed as an occasional sipper. Reviews vary from 50/100 to 83/100, noting its sweetness, fruity notes, dryness, slight burn on the finish, and good value for quality.


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75 /100235 reviews

What does this rum taste like?

The flavor profile of Rare Blend 12 Years is based on 235 user reviews. The RumX community has discovered the following associations:

Nosing associations

Woody Vanilla Caramel Fruity Oak Ester Leather

Taste associations

Oak Vanilla Woody Caramel Chocolate Spicy Leather

Finish associations

Woody Vanilla Dry Nutty Alcoholic Dark chocolate Caramelized

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Community comments

Already 235 users have rated this rum, leaving an average rating of 75 points. A total of 4 users have marked this rum as their favorite (90+ points).

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Schöne Holznoten und einfach ein Klassiker. Natürlich kein High Ester Profil, aber Appleton 12 gehört für mich in eine gut sortierte Hausbar.

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A very good everyday rum.

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Top Mixjamaikaner der in alle Drinks passt die nach einem Jamaikaner verlangen und auch auch pur gefällig ist und auch Einsteiger nicht überfordert.

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An der Nase eine Explosion der fruchtigen Noten gepaart mit Karamell. Dazu Holz und Vanille und Ester eher im Hintergrund. Im Mund kommt dann typisch Jamaika die trockene, rauchige, würzige Richtung mit Bitterschokolade, die die Frucht von der Nase komplett abgelöst hat. Die modrige/vergorene Komponente hält sich hier noch in Grenzen. Ansatzweise Karamell und Frucht im Mund, aber wirklich nur dezent. Im Abgang fast schon untypisch für Jamaika. Wahrscheinlich der beste und erschwinglichste Rum für einen Einstieg in die Welt von Jamaika!

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Großartiger Jamaicaner für alle Einsteiger. Holzige Noten, leichte süße, viel Frucht.

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Still one of ‘must have’ in bar. Still great quality and value for money. Try for sure hundreds of rums, but still come back to this from time to time.

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Schönes Geschmacksprofil (Eiche, getrocknete Früchte, Orange). Mehr Funk als der 21 Years, leider fehlen ein paar PS bzw. Prozente. Trotzdem ein guter Rum für Einsteiger. Und um 30€ der mit Abstand beste auf dem Platz. Der Appleton eignet sich auch super zum Mixen. Mai Tai wird sehr gut, El Presidente ebenso.

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Very good value for a quality rum

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A truly classic mixed distillation rum and one of the best and most versatile cocktail rums out there. Great as an occasional little sipper too. Delicious oaky taste and a little more gentlemanly than many other jamaicans. You won’t find some hogo esther explosion here but it does have a taste that is uniquely its own. A must-try mega-classic that does what it does very well indeed and at an incredibly affordable price point to boot.

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Verkoste die letzten Tropfen einer ca. ein Jahr alten Flasche der alten Edition. Der Rum ist vermutlich deutlich überoxidiert. In meiner Erinnerung war er wesentlich runder und weicher. Jetzt stört ein spürbarer Alkoholstich. Es fehlt vieles, was Jamaikaner sonst ausmacht: Kaum Ester, kaum Gebäck/ Marzipan und insb. die tropischen Früchte sind kaum vorhanden, dafür trockene Früchte und viel Holz. Im Mund wenig komplex, eher schwach im Geschmack, dafür zu alkoholikisch. Landet bei mir fast nur im Cocktail - da macht er eine bessere Figur.

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Entspannter, solider Einstiegs jamaikaner mit fairem UVP und gut geeignet für Cocktails. Pur etwas schwach und dünn und hauptsächlich würzig.

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Nice and dry

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About the distillery

The distillery Appleton Estate is located in Jamaica. Rums from Appleton Estate have been reviewed 1,251 times with an average of 80/100.

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