Back on 6th August 1962, the British flag was lowered in Jamaica for the last time, and the Jamaican flag was raised to end its 307 years as a British Colony. And, now to mark the 50 years of Jamaican Independence, the Appleton Estate Jamaica Rum which has been creating the finest rums in the country of the world’s fastest man Usain Bolt since 1749 has proudly introduced the world’s oldest barrel aged rum, the Appleton Estate 50 Year Old Jamaica Independence Reserve. This $4,520 special edition golden rum, limited to just 800 bottles, comes encased in a hand-crafted crystal decanter which denotes etchings inspired by Jamaica’s national symbols.
Described to be a hand-blended and exceptionally smooth, deep mahogany sipping rum, it has powerful notes of cinnamon, toasted oak, almond, maple and vanilla resonated with a distinguished hint of orange peel, which is notably the hallmark of all Appleton Estate Jamaican Rum.
This special edition rum has been produced from a blend of rums carefully aged in American oak barrels for almost half a century, under the watchful eye of Master Blender Owen Tulloch, and his protégé and Appleton Estate’s current Master Blender, Joy Spence. Notably, each barrel was set down over 50 years ago with a specific vision to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Jamaican Independence.
Further, the hand-crafted crystal decanter denotes etchings inspired by Jamaica’s national symbols, and the bottle comes with a commemorative booklet that masterly outlines rum’s remarkable 50 year journey and Jamaica’s march to Independence.