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Appleton Estate Jamaica rum wins big at int'l awards

Published:Thursday | May 19, 2016 | 12:00 AM
Appleton Estate Jamaica Rum blends have been placing very prominently over the years at the World Spirits Awards.
An aerial view of Appleton Estate, home of J. Wray & Nephew's distillery.

The Nassau Valley, St Elizabeth-produced Appleton Estate Jamaica Rum continues to make its mark on the international scene. Its blends recently received awards from both the 2016 Ultimate Beverage Challenge and the 2015 World Spirit Awards.

Since 2010, the Ultimate Beverage Challenge has been providing expert evaluation of wines and spirits for producers, importers and marketers through its two innovative annual competitions - Ultimate Spirits Challenge and Ultimate Wine Challenge.

The Ultimate Beverage Challenge, via the Ultimate Spirits Challenge, has awarded the Jamaican Appleton Estate Reserve Blend (AERB) with its Finalist and Great Value Awards. The Appleton Estate Reserve Blend also received commendations, and has been described as extraordinary and the ultimate recommendation. The Appleton Estate Signature V/X Blend also received glowing recommendations from the Challenge, as it was described as "very good and strongly recommended", while the Appleton Estate Rare Blend (12 Year Old) was designated "excellent and highly recommended".

For over 11 years the World Spirits Awards have been rewarding the best in the wines and spirits industry, with Appleton Estate Jamaica Rum blends placing prominently in their annual ranks. The 2015 World Spirits Award received for each blend is as follows: Appleton Estate Rare Blend 12 Year Old Double Gold, Appleton Estate Reserve Blend Gold and Appleton Estate Signature V/X Blend Gold.




Director of marketing at J. Wray & Nephew, Gary Dixon, shares his pride in the receipt of the awards, saying, "As Jamaicans, we are rum people, and J Wray & Nephew Ltd is known for making the best Jamaica rum, so, of course, we had a strong belief that our rums would have done well in the 2016 Ultimate Beverage Challenge and the 2015 World Spirit Awards. This is due to our meticulous process of harnessing our product from cane to cup. The entire J. Wray & Nephew team is honoured to be in receipt of these prestigious awards and commendations. This serves as another testament to our position globally as one of the most premium rum brands, and to the quality of things Jamaican."