Appleton Estate Jamaica Rum has announced two updates to its rum lineup: the new 15 Year Old Black River Casks rum, as well as an update to the existing 21 Year Old Nassau Valley Casks.
The 15 Year Old Black River Casks comes one year after the brand’s relaunch in 2020, in newly designed packaging. This new rum pays homage to the Black River in Jamaica’s Nassau Valley, the company says, the source of the limestone-filtered water used to create all Appleton Estate rum.
Appleton Estate 15 Year Old Black River Casks has aromas of toasted almond and hazelnut, the company reports, followed by notes of orange peel, vanilla and hints of medium roasted coffee and molasses. The rum has an ABV of 43%.
“The rum that we hand-selected for the 15 Year Old is used to create a rare blend of pot and column-still rums resulting in rich and full-bodied finish” says Master Blender Joy Spence, who marks her 40th anniversary this year at the distillery. “There is a delicate spice with a fruity subtle oak ending that reflects the lush and fertile land that the Black River runs through here in the Nassau Valley.”
“We cultivate the ingredients that go into every barrel of our rum,” Spence adds. “From the sugarcane we grow ourselves, to the limestone spring water we source straight from the Black River, every step is carefully looked after, resulting in a beautiful rum.”
Following the brand’s recent relaunch, Appleton Estate has also reintroduced the 21 Year Old Nassau Valley Casks expression with a reimagined bottle and label that celebrates the brand’s heritage. First launched in 1996 and named after the heart of Jamaica, the 21 Year Old expression has a floral scent that develops into a nutty bouquet, the company reports, with notes of vanilla, orange peel, nutmeg, almond, coffee and cocoa.
“Jamaica is a place unlike anywhere else in the world,” says Spence. “With Appleton Estate 21 Year Old Nassau Valley Casks, we wanted to celebrate our home in an elevated, modern way with a new sleek, sophisticated version of our iconic bottle.”
The new 15 Year Old is available nationwide and online beginning thus June with a suggested retail price of $64.99 per 750-ml. bottle. Appleton Estate 21 Year Old Nassau Valley Casks is currently available nationwide and online with a suggested retail price of $149.99 per 750-ml. bottle.