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Appleton Hearts 1995 25 Year Pot Still Jamaica Rum

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Appleton Hearts is Appleton like you've never seen, smelled or tasted. With Jamaica beloved by rum aficionados as the home of big, bold, funky pot still rums, but Appleton's blended style perhaps the most visible to the general drinking public, there has long been a longing from many rummies to taste Appleton's pure pot still character. Now, in collaboration with Velier, Appleton has for the first time bottled rums made solely on their pot stills, rather than a blend of pot and column still rums, as all their regular releases are. They are all aged tropically at the estate in Jamaica, and are bottled uncut at cask strength without any additives. 

To create the Hearts Collection, Appleton's Master Blender, Dr. Joy Spence, pulled just 10 casks from the nearly 200,000 currently aging at the estate (which happens to be one of the largest and oldest inventories of aged rum anywhere). From those casks, Spence and Velier's Luca Gargano agreed on three casks that they thought were the most suited to this project, and the rest is now rum history. 

The 1995 opens with a fruity nose, with tart blackberries and raspberries dominating. There is also molasses, cookie dough, candle wax, prunes, and a hint of glue. The palate is big on fruits as well, with fair dose of that good Jamaican funk to go around. Toffee, mint, molasses, and fresh fruit meet dark chocolate on the long finish. Bottled at 63% abv.