16 sweet facts about Appleton Estate Jamaica Rum
Appleton Estate rum
With all the conversation these past couple weeks swirling around Jamaica’s National Drink: Rum, Loop Lifestyle opts to dissect The Rock’s premier rum producers.
Appleton Estate Rum is one of the most recognisable spirits brands globally, a true icon steeped in Jamaica’s history.
It’s, therefore, a no-brainer that Appleton Estate is the presenting sponsor of the upcoming rum fair, Jamaica Rum Festival.
In case you were wondering, here are ten facts about Appleton Estate Rum…
1 The Appleton Estate distillery is housed by one of the largest exporters of rum in the Caribbean – J Wray & Nephew Limited.
2 Appleton Estate Rum products are currently exported to over 60 countries worldwide.
3 Appleton Estate has the distinction of being the oldest sugar estate and distillery in Jamaica in continuous production.
Crafting their delicious rum with the warmth, passion and unique spirit of Jamaica has remained the mandate for over 265 years.
4 Since inception, the distillery has continued to produce rums that have become synonymous with Jamaica’s cultural heritage.
5 J Wray & Nephew Limited officially re-opened its much anticipated Joy Spence Appleton Estate Rum Experience (JSAERE) in St Elizabeth on Thursday, January 18, 2018.
6 Spence was appointed Master Blender in 1997.
7 Formerly known as the Appleton Estate Rum Tour, the JSAERE – which is named after the company’s master blender Joy Spence – serves as a gateway to the rising tourism boom recognised on the island’s South Coast.
8 Appleton Estate is authentic Jamaican rum that is made in the Cockpit Country – a unique, lush and fertile terrain, nestled inland in Jamaica’s beating heart.
9 Following a US$7.2m investment – to upgrade the facilities – by J Wray & Nephew Limited and its parent company Campari Group, the JSAERE visitor capacity quadrupled from 50,000 to 200,000 guests annually, which augurs positively for the tourism product in the region.
10 The investment provides additional entrepreneurial opportunities for Jamaicans living in Siloah and neighbouring communities.
11 The upgrade included the addition of modern tasting rooms to support education about rums, and the renovation of the existing property and surrounding landscape.
12 The Joy Spence Appleton Estate Rum Experience takes visitors on a sensory journey through the history of rum.
Guests are said to “feel and taste the essence of Appleton whilst learning about the complexity and sophistication of rum”.
13 Appleton Estate launched a new luxury rum that is only available at the Appleton Estate Rum Tour, which started on September 22.
14 Joy Spence joined Appleton Estate as chief chemist in 1981 where her predecessor and mentor at the company, then Master Blender, Owen Tulloch inspired her passion for the art of creating rum blends. (via Port of Call Duty Free)
15 Flagship products created by Appleton Estate include Appleton Estate Signature Blend, Appleton Estate Reserve Blend, Appleton Estate Rare Blend 12-Year-Old, Appleton Estate 21 Year Old Jamaica Rum, and the Appleton Estate Jamaica Independence Reserve 50-Year-Old Rum.
16 Appleton Estate Jamaica Rum is the presenting sponsor of the 2020 Jamaica Rum Festival, slated for Saturday, February 29 – Sunday, March 1 at Hope Gardens in Kingston.
And for a braata, in a recent study by UK-based global drink industry news website Drinks International, Appleton Estate Jamaica Rum was listed as the fourth best-selling rum and top trending rum brand.