Appleton Estate has launched Ruby Anniversary Edition, a limited release celebrating Master Blender Joy Spence’s 40 years with the distillery.
Ruby Anniversary Edition is a blend of five Jamaica rums aged for a minimum of 35 years. It includes rums as old as 45 years.
Only 500 bottles are available.
Spence is a trailblazer in the spirits industry who made history when she became Appleton Estate’s master blender in 1997. She has worked at Appleton Estate for four decades, serving as master blender for nearly a quarter of a century.
“Forty years ago, I had the opportunity to channel my passion, talent and knowledge into a role at Appleton Estate,” recalls Spence. “I was honored to join one of the most revered world-class brands, in the place I call home.”
“Forty years later,” Spence continues, “from luxury editions to permanent expressions, I am still immensely proud to continue to innovate and produce luxurious aged rums at the highest quality standards, suited for every occasion. Since 1981, my goal has been to create the world’s most exquisite, refined aged rums and to share them with the world. This special edition marks a milestone for me and was created using some of the finest stock in our over 200,000 barrels.”
Produced at the oldest continuously operating rum distillery in Jamaica, Ruby Anniversary Edition blends five column and pot still rums. Aromas include cinnamon with minty orange, the company reports, plus notes of apple, vanilla, butterscotch and coffee with toasted oak. On the palate is molasses and spicy honeyed. The finish includes creamy dry oak.
Appleton Estate Ruby Anniversary Edition is available at the Joy Spence Appleton Estate Retail Rum Experience in Jamaica, and at select U.S retailers starting March 2022. It’s 43% ABV, with a suggested retail price of $700 per 750-ml. bottle.
This follows the release of Appleton Estate 15 Year Old Black River Casks rum.