Rum of the Year

Appleton Estate 15 Year Old Black River Casks

Once again, we’ve searched through the best bottles in the rum world and recruited some of the best brains in the business to help us choose The Whisky Exchange Rum Of The Year. After much debate we have settled on a shortlist of six rums – the best of the best from the past 12 months.

It was a difficult choice to make, but we are thrilled to announce our Rum Of The Year: Appleton Estate 15 Year Old Black River Casks.

Appleton Estate 15 Year Old Black River Casks


70cl / 43%

Rum Of the Year
$3.88 Off


($103.16 per litre)

A fruity, nutty rum from Appleton Estate that pays tribute to the iconic Black River, the source of the limestone-filtered water that is used to craft all Appleton Estate rums. A blend of hand-selected pot- and column-still rums that have been matured for at least 15 years in Jamaica’s tropical climate, it offers notes of toasted almonds, hazelnuts, orange peel, vanilla and roasted coffee beans that fill the palate and linger in the finish.


  • Body
  • Richness
  • Smoke
  • Sweetness


  • Vanilla Vanilla
  • Orange Orange
  • AlmondAlmond
  • HazelnutHazelnut
  • Dark ChocolateDark Chocolate
  • OakOak


Appleton Estate

The oldest of Jamaica’s sugar cane estates, Appleton Estate began distilling rum in 1749 under the ownership of the Dickinson family. Passing through the hands of many prominent Jamaican families, Appleton Estate produces different styles of rum that reflect the distillery’s terroir.

Appleton Estate is one of a select group of distilleries on the planet who can make legitimate claims of terroir in their spirit – the rum is made exclusively from sugar cane grown on the Estate itself in Jamaica’s lush, verdant Nassau Valley, and every drop is aged on the island. The creation of Appleton Estate rum begins and ends in the same place, and the distillery can – and does – oversee every stage of the process. It is this local approach that has made Appleton Estate so synonymous with Jamaican rum itself.

The Shortlist

Rum of the Year Tasting Pack

18cl / 43.9%


($17.95 per 10cl)

Taste your way through the Rum of the Year shortlist and decide if you agree with our experts – this is your chance to be a rum judge! A great gift for rum lovers and anyone who wants to learn more about this fabulous spirit.

Of the Year 2023 Winners Collection

210cl / 44%


($89.88 per litre)

Try all three winners and see why they are our favourites of the year. Whisky from a picturesque island distillery, rum from a historic Jamaican distillery and an exotic Indian gin - three exciting and delectable bottles.

Previous Winners