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Visit the Appleton Estate rum distillery on this 4.5-hour tour from Negril. Learn about this historic distillery, in business for more than 250 years in the lush Nassau Valley. With your rum expert guide, visit the ageing house with its oak barrels and see the copper pot stills that give Appleton its rich flavor. Sample ten different types of Appleton rum and walk away with a mini bottle as a gift. Round-trip transportation from Negril hotels is included in this tour.
PLEASE NOTE: The Appleton Rum Estate is currently undergoing renovations and is closed for all tours. The estate is scheduled to reopen in October 2017.
Following pickup at your Negril hotel, hit the road for the Appleton Estate, Jamaica's famous rum distillery. Ride 2 hours east through the lush Nassau Valley to St Elizabeth, where the distillery has been producing quality rum since 1749.
Begin your 45-minute guided tour with the copper pot stills, which give the rum its famous distinctive flavor. See the oak barrels in the ageing house, where some of the most sought-after rum sits for up to 30 years. Learn about the distilling process, which includes a yeast culture and sugar cane molasses mixed with limestone-filtered water.
Taste ten different samples of Appleton rum as well as some freshly-pressed sugar cane juice, a Caribbean specialty. Pick your favorite and buy a bottle to take home with you ― some varieties of Appleton are only sold in Jamaica.
At the end of your tour and tasting, board your bus for the scenic drive back to Negril and drop-off at your hotel.
The drive to Appleton Rum Estate was long, but beautiful. Our tour guide let us stop and get a beer at a local stop, try new fruit from a fruit stand, and even get jerk pork from a side of the road stop! Our tour guide was informative about everything from the towns we were driving through to politics and history. His information and cool stops along the way made the long drive worth it. The tour itself was informative and the tasting was great. I would note that the 'free bottle of rum' is a mini bottle that only contains a shot of alcohol.
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