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
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…
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.
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