Jamaican manufacturer of authentic, premium rums Appleton Estate, unveiled the limited-edition 17-Year-Old Legend. This exclusive release faithfully recreates the iconic 17-Year-Old rum originally crafted by J. Wray & Nephew on the Estate during the 1940s. Notably, the J. Wray & Nephew 17 Year Old rum holds legendary status as the inspiration behind the creation of the famous Mai Tai cocktail. With its exceptional reputation, this rum has become an incredibly coveted bottle worldwide. Today, we proudly reintroduce this tribute to the historical legacy of cocktail culture as a limited offering on the global stage.
Appleton Estate 17 Year Old Legend stands as a symbol of the distillery’s unparalleled legacy in crafting extraordinary aged rums. Drawing inspiration from original manuscripts and formulas, the esteemed Master Blender Joy Spence meticulously curated this exclusive release, utilizing four exceptionally rare distillates meticulously aged on the Estate. This meticulous process was undertaken to faithfully recreate the exquisite flavor profile of the revered golden blend. 17 Year Old Legend represents a precious offering from one of the world’s oldest rum cellars and is destined to become a prized gem in the most distinguished rum collections. With a limited production run of only 1,500 bottles worldwide, this remarkable rum will never be replicated again.
To the pioneering bartenders at the forefront of the emerging Tiki cocktail movement in the 1940s, the J. Wray & Nephew 17 Year Old rum stood out as one of the most highly sought-after spirits in the world, setting the benchmark for excellence. Renowned for its lustrous golden color and alluring hints of smoky orange, this exquisite rum captured the hearts of connoisseurs. The year was 1944, and in California, far from the tropical shores of Jamaica, an intriguing tale unfolded. It is said that Victor Bergeron, the visionary founder of the iconic Trader Vic’s bar in San Francisco, became enchanted by this exceptional elixir.
As Victor embarked on his creative journey, he ventured into the realm of mixology alongside his friends. When reaching for a bottle of the illustrious 17 Year Old rum crafted by J. Wray & Nephew, he discovered his ultimate rum of choice. This medium-bodied, splendidly golden liquid evoked the radiant warmth of the Jamaican sun. With great care, Victor endeavored to showcase the rum’s enchanting top notes without overpowering its inherent character. Hence, he artfully blended it with a subtle array of ingredients to harmonize with its distinctive qualities.
Shared among his friends from Tahiti, the concoction earned the reverent appraisal of “Maita’i roa a’e,” which can be translated simply as “the best.” And so, a legend was born—a cocktail that would forever be cherished and celebrated as a testament to Victor’s ingenuity and the extraordinary allure of J. Wray & Nephew’s 17 Year Old rum.
Appleton Estate takes great pride in honoring the enduring spirit of Jamaican rum. Distilled at the oldest continuously-operating rum distillery on the island, this iconic blend undergoes a minimum 17-year aging process in Jamaica’s fertile and tropical climate. The unique environmental conditions of the island expedite the maturation of Appleton Estate rums, resulting in exceptionally rich and robust flavors developing in a shorter time frame. In fact, the 17-year minimum aging in Jamaica’s tropical climate is equivalent to over 50 years in a cooler climate.
Crafted with the purest Jamaican limestone-filtered water and devoid of any added flavors, 17 Year Old Legend rum reveals a delightful medley of caramelized pear and banana notes, intertwined with warm, nutty oak and hints of floral herbs. Its full-bodied crescendo leads to a lingering and velvety-smooth finish. This precious liquid is carefully housed within the brand’s iconic glass bottle, adorned with a neck label and gift box that beautifully capture the tropical essence of Appleton Estate’s visual identity. This release truly embodies the essence of Jamaican luxury, offering an authentic taste experience like no other.
The special expression, Appleton Estate 17 Year Old Legend, has a limited production of 1,500 bottles. Starting from May 17, 2023, BlockBar.com will offer 36 NFTs that can be redeemed for bottles of this exclusive rum. The NFT artwork has been created by Jamaican Visual Artist, Oneika Russell, specifically for this collaboration with Appleton Estate.
Additionally, the Appleton Estate 17 Year Old Legend will be made available for purchase at select premium retailers in various countries.
Starting in June 2023, customers in the United States, Jamaica, the United Kingdom, France, Italy, Czech Republic, Switzerland, Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg, Austria, Denmark, Singapore, Taiwan, South Korea, New Zealand, Japan, and Hong Kong will have the opportunity to purchase this rum. The suggested retail price (SRP) for a bottle of Appleton Estate 17 Year Old Legend is $500.
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