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Revisiting: Appleton Estate VX Rum

Posted by Arctic Wolf on September 14, 2011

Appleton Estate VX Rum is the entry-level rum in the Appleton Estate family of rums.  It is a blend of up to fifteen Jamaican rums of various styles which have been aged in hand crafted oak.

I was afforded a chance to revisit Appleton Vx recently when the media company representing the brand sent me a bottle. Although I have already reviewed the rum, the company felt I should have some handy to use as a resource for my cocktail explorations.  Of course, the first thing I did when I opened my bottle was to sample a bit while I read my original review.

Here is an excerpt from that review:

” The rum displays an amber colour with orange flashes.  Surprisingly (to me) the rum when swirled left nice long skinny legs in my glass indicating a buttery oil present.  The aroma is very spicy, and full of oak tannin.  I smell a firm and distinct orange peel, and light brown sugar and molasses rising in the tangy oak spice….”

The rum of course has not changed and you may read the entire review here:

Review: Appleton Estate VX Rum

I was supposed to be using the rum for cocktails, and so the next thing I did was to make the original cocktail that I designed for the Appleton Vx called, the Traveller.  One Traveller led to another, and the 200 ml sample I was sent disappeared pretty quickly. Fortunately I have my own 750 ml bottle that will allow me to keep ‘travelling’ with my Appleton VX.

Here is a Link to that nice cocktail and a few nice variations:

The Traveller Cocktail


4 Responses to “Revisiting: Appleton Estate VX Rum”

  1. rus said

    hi..agree with u as usual..since i prefer straight up in a rum glass this was a poor drink on its own…for me the mixing of rums with different nuances is the way to go..plantation 20yr ann. mixed 1/3 with zaya is the current fave … the last boat drink giggle was this weekend up on the lake with zaya,plantation 20ann,ron cartavio xo,zacapa xo,,diplomatico and viscaya in that order… r u interested in a canuk team in the miami meet this year to beat the yanks and brits ? russ

    • \thanks rus

      A few weeks back I suggested a nice Mai Tai with Old Sam and Ragged Rock. If I hadn’t been forcing myself to use only Maritime rums, I would have suggested Old Sam with Appleton Vx in the Mai Tai. A very nice combination.

      As for Miami, not sure if I’m going this year. I have been looking at the Victoria Whisky Festival instead, and I think that will be the festival I travel to this year.

  2. This is definitely one of my favorite mixing rums. It has great taste and is also very affordable.

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