The Appleton Estate, the oldest sugar estate and distillery in Jamaica, is the birthplace of all Appleton Estate Jamaica Rums.
The first known documentation of rum production at the Appleton Estate is dated 1749, however the origins of the Estate date back to 1655 when the English captured Jamaica from the Spaniards. Frances Dickinson, whose grandsons Caleb and Ezekiel are the earliest known owners of the Appleton Estate, took part in that conquest of Jamaica, and it is believed that Appleton Estate was part of the land grant that Dickinson received as a reward for his services.
The Estate is nestled in the Nassau Valley in the parish of St. Elizabeth. The Nassau Valley's fertile fields, afternoon rain showers and warm sunshine present the optimum conditions for growing sugar cane.
The magnificent Appleton Estate Jamaica Rums are of a unique style, produced only in Jamaica and only at Appleton. All Appleton Estate Jamaica Rum is produced on a single estate in a small circumscribed geographic area and as such Appleton is one of the few rums in the world to claim a “terroir” and the only rum in the world that has a “terroir” that is as unique as the Nassau Valley:
At Appleton the production of rums is an art and, like the brandies of Cognac and the single malts of Scotland, the process is controlled at every step – from the selection of the varieties of sugar cane that are grown on the estate, the special natural culture of yeast used in fermentation, the unique distillation and blending methods to the bottling of the rum.