With the release of “JOY” rum, Appleton celebrates a woman who has broken through in an industry that continues to be dominated by men. After graduating with multiple science degrees, Joy Spence joined Appleton in 1981 as Chief Chemist, and became enthralled with the process of blending rum. After working for 16 years under the previous Master Blender, Joy had developed an unrivalled palate and was named Master Blender in 1997. Both an artist and a scientist, Joy has spent the last twenty years creating some of the finest rums the world has ever tasted, and was even recognized by the Jamaican government for her contribution to the rum industry.

“For my anniversary blend, I simply set out to create the rum that I’d like to sip while watching the colors of my garden change in the warm glow of the Jamaican sunset. It includes two rum marques, which are of particular sentimental significance to me: The first of these marques was laid down to age in 1981 – the year I joined the Appleton Estate team, and the second is my favorite marque of pot still rum. The final blend is a wonderful rum that I hope Appleton Estate fans will enjoy.”

On the palate, JOY opens with delicate orange peel, leading into a delicious mix of ginger, spice, warm vanilla, butterscotch, and coffee, with lingering layers of almond and toasted oak. With an exceptionally smooth finish of brown sugar, the new release is sure to please all those that have the privilege of sipping it. Blended from a selection of aged rums matured a minimum of 25 years, including rum aged up to 35 years.

Find our limited supply in the Liquor Shop, only $236.5 per bottle.

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