My Appleton Estate Rum Tour Experience

My Appleton Estate Rum Tour Experience

My 9-5 job had a work trip to Appleton Estate, so you know I had to low key turn it into a blog-fest. We’ve all heard about the legendary Appleton Estate Rum Tour before and if you haven’t, let me quickly introduce you to one of Jamaica’s treasures. Located in the Nassau Valley under the hills of the Cockpit Country in the Parish of St Elizabeth,  is the exquisite Appleton Estate distillery. Over 265 years old, it is the oldest sugar estate and distillery in Jamaica. On tour you are able to discover the history behave crafting Jamaica’s oldest rum.

Upon arrival, which was a long journey from Kingston, we were greeted by their friendly staff and unlimited cocktails from their welcome bar. Of course, I had to pull out my camera for those Instagram worthy pictures while we wait for our tour to begin. Once the tour began, we were introduced to the history of the Appleton Estate and of course the rum that were there for.

Appleton Estate Rum Tour

 

 

History

As we diverge further on the estate, the property is decorated with lush green grass, peacocks and ancient stations that uniquely forms a part of the rum crafting and distillation process. After visiting the sugarcane and molasses station. We were then taken to the Panoramic view tower to have a better view of the Cockpit Country. Then, we were ushered to the fermentation and distillery stations, unfortunately no pictures or videos are allowed in the distillery and we were only there a for a few minutes. After which, we head on to the ageing house where tonnes of barrels are housed for decades to age until they are released the public, which is one of my favourite stops on the property.

 

 

There are three different types of rums offered by the Estate:

Signature Blend – which is aged for an average of 4 years. It has a gold and amber colour, the lighter of the three.

Reserve Blend – which is aged for an average of 6 years, topaz and honey in colour.

21 Year Old – A coppery, tawny hue appearance, matured for at least 21 years.

Now on to the better part of tour…

Tasting Room

We were seated to enjoy and view up close the different types of rum and to taste. From youngest to oldest as you could already imagine has a stronger taste as the rum ages. From left to right below, you can see the rum form youngest to oldest as described above.

Gift Shop

If the tasting room wasn’t enough, we were able to stop by their gift shop, where you can buy and take home favourite rum to create your own rum cocktails at home and merchandise.

Must 18 years or older to drink of course. You can get more details on their tour and how to book on http://www.appletonestate.com

18 Comments

  1. May 2, 2018 / 11:29 pm

    Well wrote very informative and interesting. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Annreeba
    May 3, 2018 / 12:02 am

    I think you had a great time there. The pics are so cute and attractive.

  3. Ashley Roberts
    May 3, 2018 / 8:21 am

    Oh I’ve wanted to go there and had the opportunity a couple of times we just chose to do other things. Your pictures are way better than the ads! I’ll have to check it out next time!

  4. May 3, 2018 / 12:07 pm

    I have never tried rum. Now I want to see what it tastes like.

  5. May 3, 2018 / 12:19 pm

    This looks so interesting! I love rum and would definitely love to go. Also, your 9-5 job bosses sound pretty fun for choosing this place!

  6. May 3, 2018 / 12:36 pm

    I love when I get to see a distillery and then sample the goods! I tried the Captain Morgan rum on St. Croix and that was delightful (and empty of people when we were there!). Thanks for sharing your adventure!

  7. May 3, 2018 / 2:46 pm

    Oh wow I bet this was an amazing tour! I can imagine my other half would love getting to try a few things!

  8. Michelle
    May 3, 2018 / 7:38 pm

    What a cool place to visit. The room with all of the barrels was really neat.

  9. May 3, 2018 / 9:23 pm

    This sounds really interesting. It’s been such a long time since I went on a tour like this. I think it’s always fun to learn more about the history of the place and all that.

  10. May 4, 2018 / 12:54 am

    What an adventure, I bet you learned lots of cool stuff.

  11. May 4, 2018 / 2:04 am

    Wow looks like a great time! I’d love to visit there.
    xo, Sondra
    Cuisineandtravel.com

  12. Minakshi Bajpai
    May 4, 2018 / 3:01 am

    I have never tried rum. This looks so interesting! would love to give a try

  13. May 4, 2018 / 7:27 am

    I do not drink alcohol but my father in law does like it to I will share your post with him.

  14. May 4, 2018 / 10:50 am

    This seems great! I have never had rum before, but going through your post I so want to try it!

  15. May 5, 2018 / 8:31 am

    I’ve never been on a tour like this before, but I think it would so interesting! I love the pictures of the ageing house the most… that seems like a room with a lot of history.

  16. May 6, 2018 / 9:06 pm

    I loved seeing this tour through your eyes! The post was great!

  17. Felicia
    May 7, 2018 / 11:22 am

    I love the pic in the hallway/aisle with barrels. Great job on this article

  18. Kiwi
    May 8, 2018 / 6:45 pm

    I love international Rum tours. I did one in Barbados that was amazing go to FourSquare Distillery if you are ever in Barbados and i will remember Appleton!

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