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Appleton Signature Drink Welcome
Backdrops of a series of aged rums will welcome you, accompanied by numerous smiles at every turn from warm employees. After collecting an armband at the front desk, what better way is there to be welcomed than with a glass filled with a rum cocktail? The signature drink is appropriately named ‘Stormy Valley’, presumably after the sometimes unforgivable weather conditions prone to the lush area (we got a bigger preview than desired).
The Stormy Valley is a mix of Appleton Signature Blend Rum, ginger beer (find a homemade recipe here), lime juice, and Angostura on ice, packed with just enough punch to arouse your senses ahead of what’s to come. The wait time for the next tour varies, but free refills are there to keep you occupied the whole way!
Appleton Rum History & Manufacturing
The formal Appleton rum tour experience begins with a brief introduction of Ms. Spence, before leading patrons to a dark Movie Theatre for a 7-minute visually insightful and captivating presentation on rum production in the heart of Jamaica.
All this, right before the ultimate venue photo op! It’s even more interesting to see the estate at night.
The steamy Distillery is home to copper pot stills that impart their distinctive character to the rum and power its manufacturing. Last in the production process is the Ageing House, which is lined with permeable oaks barrels of breathing rum, stored for years and even decades, before being poured into your glass.
Appleton Rum Tour Premium Taste Test
To top off the experience, an appropriate ending is found in the Tasting Room which is set up with a series of long tables, stools, and spirits. A detailed introduction to the aged rums are presented on a laminated sheet before you. Each station has 3 covered glasses of samples with different ages and distinct flavours, and a complementary bottle of Wata to cleanse your palette between tastings.
Final Rum Dosage
The experience can be extended if you like at The Black River Lounge where you can enjoy local cuisine and/or drinks. On your way out, you’re sure to waltz through the Gift Shop filled with more Appleton souvenirs, memorabilia, and personalized gifts.
A wise man once asked, “why is the rum always gone?” and I truly believe the answer is … because we drank it all (here, and at a rum tour in St. Catherine) . A special thank you to the Down Di Road crew for the invite, check out their 15-minute full episode of the experience! Here’s my preview:
Comment your favourite rum cocktail (or rum brand) below.
Stormy Valley is definitely a new favourite for me as a default wine drinker!
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