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Old 12-08-2009, 09:25 AM   #1
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Hi Folks,
I have been a whiskey drinker for the last 35 years. Two years ago after my Motherinlaws funeral, when we all got home, my ex wife said lets have a drink. So I said lets open a new bottle of whiskey that I had bought at the duty free in the Airport. She said Nah!! I dont drink whiskey anymore, I drink Rum! I had to laugh.
But she begged me to have a shot of rum, and said, " believe me have one drink of this and you'll change your mind. I grudgingly agreed, and she produced a bottle of Appleton Estate v/x rum (had never seen it before nor seen it since), , and poured out a shot, on top of a few Ice cubes. So I said " best of luck and very slowly raised the glass to my mouth. Before I even had a sip, the aroma got to me, and I quickly took a sip, and a gargle, and believe you me " I WAS HOOKED".I was ready to finish the bottle, but told her to save it for herself, as it was the only bottle she had from the New Zealand duty free.
Ever since then I have been on the lookout for this rum, but its nowhere to be found. Ive had friends in Australia looking, but to no avail. I have been asking every traveller that I know to look out for Appleton for me.
Two days ago Sunday, our site engineers wife came over to Thailand on a holiday to be with her Hubby, who is here for a few months. Of course I had asked him if he would ask his wife to bring me the Appleton Estate rum as she was coming from New Zealand. He showed up on site today, with a duty free bag containing one precious Bottle of Appleton Estate Rum. God! what a feeling!! I havent opened it yet, and am saving it for Christmas!! Its gonna be one Grand Christmas!!
Cheers to all who have had an "Appleton Estate encounter", you'll know what I mean !!
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Old 12-08-2009, 12:15 PM   #2
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Welcome connifers!

Great story about your introduction to rum! Here's to many more.

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Old 12-08-2009, 12:51 PM   #3
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Welcome connifers to the MoR !!!

Here is a site that's gonna make you drool

Lucky for us canadian, the Appleton line is available amost everywhere.

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Old 12-08-2009, 03:17 PM   #4
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Great story connifers and welcome to the forum.

Your story makes me realize how much I take the Appleton v/x for granted since it's so easy to find for me. I will raise a glass this week in appreciation.

I see you are Thailand - do you have access to any of these...?

Would love to hear a report....and possibly set up an Appleton/Thai Rum exchange!
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Old 12-08-2009, 10:26 PM   #5
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Welcome Conrad, you've got a great rum there. If you're into mixing try muddling either candied ginger or fresh ginger in a glass. Then add a couple of ice cubes, appletons, then ginger ale to taste. Takes some getting use to but for those you like ginger bite it is great!
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Old 12-09-2009, 04:25 PM   #6
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Welcome Conrad.

I too was primarily a whisky drinker. Now I have found a wonderful balance between the two spirits. Like you it was when I actually tried something good, that my mind was changed forever.
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