Maturing for decades in American oak casks, this dark mahogany rum has
rich coppery reflections with wonderfully complex aromas and flavors.
The bouquet is full, combining notes of powerful oak infused with rich
vanilla, and sumptuously layered with cinnamon, maple and orange peel.
The finish is exceptionally smooth and complemented by the essence of
silky, honeyed oak.
The conception of an Appleton Estate 50 Year-Old rum began as Jamaica approached full independence in 1962. Several hand-selected barrels of rum were set aside to age with the intention of creating a special blend that would one day be bottled to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the country’s independence. For over a half century, these rums were at rest carefully aging and being looked after - first by Master Blender Owen Tulloch, then by his protege and Appleton Estate’s current Master Blender, Joy Spence. As the decades passed, the rum developed a beautifully dark mahogany color with smooth flavors and delightfully complex aromas. The natural amalgamation of the rum and oak barrels over time is responsible for this exceptional outcome. Since the beginning of her tenure as Master Blender, Joy Spence carefully examined each extraordinary barrel over time to ensure that it had attained the perfect level of complexity; offering, smooth and rich notes that would be fitting to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Jamaican Independence. Now, over 50 years later, Joy Spence jubilantly confirmed that these irreplaceable barrels of rum had aged to perfection. Officially the world’s oldest barrel-aged rum, the Appleton Estate 50 Year-Old Jamaica Independence Reserve is an extremely rare one of a kind masterpiece, with only 70 very select bottles available in the United States. Aged rums are most often served neat, for extraordinary sipping, to better savor the subtle flavors resulting from years in oak casks. Pour about 1 inch of rum into a tulip-shaped glass at room temperature. Pause to enjoy the rum’s vibrant colors and captivating aromas before taking small sips, noting the sweetness, smooth texture and layers of flavor this historical 50 year old rum has to offer.