Appleton Hearts 1999 21 Year Pot Still Jamaica Rum
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 1999 opens with a big oaky nose, with orange peel, caramel, candle wax, newspaper, salty licorice, and honey following, as well as meaty, savory quality on the tail end. The palate doles out burnt wood, tobacco, orange peel and salty minerals. The finish is long and oaky. Bottled at 63% abv.