Appleton Estate Rum: Jamaica’s Most Oldest and Popular Rum


Sometimes when you are doing research, you come across things that are very interesting.  As I was looking at the history of “I Love Lucy” I came across the story about Barcardi which lead to the mention of Jamaican rums, which then got me to a website called “” where they review rums from across the world.

The rum I am most familiar with was the J Wray & Nephew Overproof Rum which the Appleton Estate family of rum is apart of.  My interest was peaked, I did a YouTube search and found a video created by the CaribNationTV channel titled “Appleton Rum Estate” where one the company’s tour guides provided details information about the process in which Jamaica’s popular rums are made.

In 1916, the Lindo Brothers & Co purchased Wray & Nephew. Almost immediately thereafter, the new company, J. Wray & Nephew Ltd., purchased the Appleton Estate – the oldest and most famous of all Jamaica’s sugarcane estates. The Appleton Estate, nestled in the Nassau Valley, is a glorious and fertile land located in the heart of Jamaica.  At the Appleton Estate, the production of the beautifully complex and aromatic rums is not just a passion—it’s a craft. Appleton Estate is authentic Jamaican rum that is made in the Cockpit Country – a unique, lush and fertile terrain that is nestled inland, in Jamaica’s beating heart.

A variety of Appleton’s popular rums – Courtesy of

The beautifully complex and aromatic Appleton Estate rums are produced on estate, which makes it one of the few rums in the world to claim a terroir—and the only rum in the world that has a terroir as unique as the Nassau Valley. “Terroir” is a set of unique weather, soil and geographic demarcations that impart a unique quality to all of our rums. Proof that it really does matter where your rum comes from.

At the Appleton Estate, the production of rums is a craft. Every step in the process is carefully managed, from the selection of the varieties of sugarcane that are grown on the Estate, to the natural culture of yeast used in fermentation, to our unique distillation and blending methods. Appleton Estate has the distinction of being the oldest sugar estate and distillery in Jamaica in continuous production, crafting this delicious rum with the warmth, passion and unique spirit of Jamaica for more than 265 years.

A variety of Appleton’s popular rums – Courtesy of
Delroy has been a contributing writer for FiWEH Life for more than 10 years. He is the author of the short story The Red Myths: Beyond the Future and the Past and is also a writer for the Jamaican animated series "Fareign Yaadies". Delroy currently resides in Japan with his family where he chronicles his many experiences.
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