Appleton Estate has launched their limited-edition 17 Year Old Legend, a recreation of the 17 Year Old rum made by J. Wray & Nephew on the Estate in the 1940s.
The J. Wray & Nephew 17 Year Old is known as the inspiration for the creation of the Mai Tai cocktail, the company says.
Referencing original manuscripts and formulas, Master Blender Joy Spence created this one-time release using four distillates set aside to rest on the Estate to best recreate the taste profile of the original blend.
Just 1,500 bottles are available globally.
Produced at the oldest continuously operating rum distillery in Jamaica, the blend is aged a minimum of 17 years in the island’s tropical climate. Made with Jamaican limestone-filtered water, with no added flavors, 17 Year Old Legend displays caramelized pear and banana notes, mingling with warm, nutty, oak and floral herbal notes, the company reports.
“With our 17 Year Old Legend, we knew we had a special story to tell,” says Spence. “This project has been years in the making and truly one of the most challenging of my career. In carefully re-creating the beautiful taste profile of the original rum, we’ve created an expression that is a tribute both to our own heritage, and to the heritage of the classic cocktail craft.”
The 17 Year Old Legend rolls our this June for a suggested retail price of $500 per 750-ml. bottle.