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8 of North America's oldest distilleries

By: Josh Lew on Sept. 4, 2014, 1:19 p.m.
Appleton Estate

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Appleton Estate

Appleton Estate is in Nassau Valley at the heart of Jamaica's sugar cane belt. It has been a sugar estate and rum distillery since 1749, making it Jamaica's oldest distillery and one of the oldest rum producers still in operation in the world. The Appleton property covers more than 11,000 acres.

The estate tour is one of the most popular non-beach-related tourist activities on the island of Jamaica. Even today, Appleton follows the same protocol as scotch makers in Scotland: The liquor is aged in oak barrels and blended using rums at least as old as the age noted on the bottle. Appleton produces several varieties between 12 and 30 years old.