Appleton Estate Decades for Jamaica 60
Part 2
Nose, body, finish? Appleton Estate Master Blender Dr Joy Spence gave the audience a quick master class in rum appreciation (Photo: Naphtali Junior)

News of the release of a new addition to the Appleton Estate premium rum range was enough to lure rum collectors, tastemakers, and wine and spirit industry execs to The Sunken Garden at the Hope Botanical Gardens on Monday, July 18.

They were introduced to the newest expression from the famed rum distillery: Appleton Estate Decades. The new blend, crafted by Appleton Estate Master Blender Dr Joy Spence, is a fortified nod to the rich history and heritage of the Jamaican people as the country readies for its 60th year of Independence.

Guests got first dibs on bottles of the premium blend, which retails for US$1,700, of which a mere 1,962 bottles were produced. The significance of the limited number that commemorates the year Jamaica gained its Independence was not lost on those in attendance who minutes prior had acknowledged the National Anthem and would later fiercely participate in the auction to acquire bottle number 1,962. Jamaican-born, Singapore-based philanthropist Ka-el Geewax walked away with the unique collector's item for US$16,000.

Proceeds from the sale of the special-edition rums will be donated to the Appleton Estate Basic School in St Elizabeth.

Guest speaker Minister of Tourism Edmund Bartlett announced that, over the next 60 months, the ministry will acquire bottles of Decades for several special guests. "We will acquire 60 bottles, that will be my gift [on behalf of Jamaica] for the next 60 months as we move across the world," said Bartlett speaking at the event. This after naming Spence and international cricketer Chris Gayle brand ambassadors for the year-long Jamaica 60 celebrations.

Appleton Estate Decades — composed of the finest rums that have been hand-selected over the last six decades — demonstrates the brand's unwavering commitment to extraordinary quality and masterful blending, yielding complex flavours that have placed Appleton at the pinnacle of rum making for centuries. The bottle design follows Appleton Estate's new packaging, launched in 2018, and includes the insignia which captures and displays the history of Jamaica and pays homage to the Appleton Estate, the birthplace of these world-renowned rums. The insignia is an artistic representation of five national treasures: The Lignum Vitae flower, the Blue Mahoe tree, buds of ackee, the Doctor Bird, and of course the Jamaican flag.

The Appleton Estate Decades Rum is only available in Jamaica.

Mixologist Oshane Moore poured a Jamaica Daiquiri. (Photo: Naphtali Junior)
The event's host Debbie Bissoon snapped an 'ussie' with Appleton Estate Master Blender Dr Joy Spence. (Photo: Naphtali Junior)
Cindy Lyons served Brown Sugar Daiquiri. (Photo: Naphtali Junior)
Former 100-metre world record holder Asafa Powell and his wife Alyshia Miller Powell came out to participate in the evening's activities. (Photo: Naphtali Junior)
Chargé d'Affaires at the Venezuelan Embassy in Jamaica José Antonio Sanchez Vegas, his wife Anabel Roman (centre) and embassy personnel Naomi Graupier raised an Appleton Estate Old Fashioned toast. (Photo: Naphtali Junior)
Executive Chef Brian Lumley (Photo: Naphtali Junior)
Retired airline captain Michael Lyn (left) joined British High Commissioner to Jamaica Judith Salter and her husband, recruitment consultant Philip de Waal in checking the legs of master blender Joy Spence's limited-edition blend: Appleton Estate Decades. (Photo: Naphtali Junior)
Event Chef Jacqui Tyson (centre) welcomed J Wray & Nephew Limited Managing Director Jean-Philippe Beyer and his artist wife Claudia. (Photo: Naphtali Junior)
Raising Appleton Estate Decades toasts were (from left) Member of Parliament for Manchester North Western and Opposition spokesperson on Housing, Transport and Works Mikael Phillips; J Wray & Nephew Limited Managing Director Jean-Philippe Beyer and his wife Claudia. (Photo: Naphtali Junior)
Anammar Solutions Ltd director Alan McNab and his gorgeous wife, PSOJ Executive Director Imega Breese McNab, enjoyed the Brown Sugar Daiquiri and Old Fashioned welcome cocktails. (Photo: Naphtali Junior)
Something Fishy Seafood & Gourmet Restaurant principal Colin Nichols was an active participant in the auction. (Photo: Naphtali Junior)
Julie Mango Restaurant principal Julie Ramchandani and her real estate developer brother Haresh Ramchandani showed their support. (Photo: Naphtali Junior)
Minister of Tourism Edmund Bartlett had lots of positive news to share. (Photo: Naphtali Junior)
Philanthropist Ka-el Geewax was all smiles as she accepted her newly acquired collector's Decades rum from Appleton Estate Master Blender Dr Joy Spence. (Photo: Naphtali Junior)
Spaces Creative Director Janelle Pantry-Coke and her husband, JN Fund Managers Deputy General Manger Dylan Coke, made it date night. (Photo: Naphtali Junior)

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