So when an invite popped into the inbox to an evening tasting of the oldest and likely most expensive rum in the world I said – yes please, see you there, can I bring a plus 1?
Set in the wonderful Blythswood SQ, we were treated to Jamaican Mules by the bar before moving to the lounge for the Appleton Estate tasting presentation by Jamie. So what’s all the fuss about? $5000 a bottle (bar est. £1000 a shot – head off to The Savoy if you fancy it). This guy comes in a casket. He’s packing serious weight in the decorative stopper alone (yes he has a travel stopper also just like all the drinks in my cabinet do, don’t yours?). I mean this thing could be submitted to Cluedo for weapon consideration. He has his own custom chocolates.
But the smell and the taste – that’s what it’s all about. This 50 year old hand blended rum is special. It smells so good you almost don’t want to drink it but then… you do obviously. And you wonder if you’ll ever taste anything like it again (and actually you will because Jamie will top you up, how kind). I could talk about oak and orange and cinnamon and maple but suffice to say I like all of those and, whilst this rum does have all of those, it’s more.
Is it because you know that a bottle of Appleton Estate 50 Year Old Jamaica Independence Reserve will set you back the same as a pretty decent car? No, but that does make you take your time. It’s just really, really, really good. Trust me. Let’s face it, unless you’ve got the winning numbers you’re probably going to have to!