Appleton Estate just added two seriously aged rums, one from 1993 and the other from 2002, to its limited-edition Hearts Collection. The Jamaican brand’s series already includes 1994, 1995, 1999, 1983 and 2006 vintage rums, all of which were distilled in a Forsyths pot still.
Appleton debuted the series back in 2020 in partnership with rum expert Luca Gargano. Many of the releases in the collection have sold in mere seconds.
The Appleton Estate Hearts Collection 1993 (aged 29 years) and 2002 (aged 20 years) vintages are the sixth and seventh addition to the series, and were selected from just 13 and 20 barrels respectively. Master blender Joy Spence chose the barrels from a selection of nearly 200,000 barrels ageing in Appleton Estate’s warehouses in Jamaica.
“Rums aged in tropical climates develop richer, fuller flavours much more quickly than spirits aged at cooler climates, so when you taste a rum aged for more than 20 years like our new releases from the Hearts Collection, it’s a really extraordinary experience,” said Spence. “I had long dreamed of releasing single vintage selections from Appleton Estate, so it’s been amazing to see the warm reception the Hearts Collection releases receive year after year, all around the world.”
The 1993 vintage offers aromas of nutmeg and cinnamon, alongside hints of mint, warm butterscotch, toasted oak, and honeyed vanilla. The 2002 bottling, meanwhile, brings orange blossoms on the nose, while the palate finds molasses, warm vanilla, medium roasted coffee, and caramel, with a rich, smooth honeyed taste.
The Hearts Collection 1993 and 2002 will be available across the globe beginning in 2023February 2023, including Italy, France, Germany, the UK, Austria, Denmark, Belgium, Switzerland, Czech Republic, Singapore, Japan and Jamaica.
For more information, head over to Appleton’s official website.