Appleton Estate Launches "World's Oldest Rum"

By Paul Joseph

Jamaican distillery Appleton Estate has created what is billed as the world’s oldest barrel aged rum to mark the 50th anniversary of Jamaican Independence.

Limited to just 800 bottles, the special edition golden rum comes encased in a hand-crafted crystal decanter featuring etchings inspired by Jamaican national symbols, plus a commemorative booklet outlining the rum’s history and Jamaica’s journey Independence.

The hand-blended rum has been produced from a blend of rums carefully aged in American oak barrels for half-a-century. Each barrel was set down 50 years ago with the intention of using it to mark the country’s 50th anniversary of Independence.

A deep mahogany sipping rum, it is said to boast powerful notes of cinnamon, toasted oak, almond, maple and vanilla combined with a hint of orange peel – the latter being a hallmark of all Appleton Estate Jamaican Rum.

Each bottle of the limited edition commemorative rum is priced at $4,520.

The Appleton Estate has been producing rum in Jamaica since 1749.

By Paul Joseph