Appleton Estate, nestled deep in the Nassau Valley, is one of the most iconic Jamaican distilleries. Its famous rum is also part of the best Carribean rum list. The brand is actually omnipresent on the island; you'll find it in every local shop and bar. The very first mention of the distillery is from 1749, but the 4,500 hectares estate was actually founded almost a century before, in 1655. The year the British army took back the island from the Spanish. Thus, the Jamaican sugarcane plantation has been around for more than 350 years!
In the 17th century, the family of Frances Dickinson (to whom the King of France offered the estate, to thank him for his service) was the owner of the plantation until 1845. After that, a man named William Hill bought it back, before selling it to A. McDowell Nathan, one of the richest merchants on the island. Nathan kept it for a few years and then sold it to the J. Wray and Nephew Ltd. company, in 1907. Nine years later, in 1913, the Lindo family inherited the Appleton Estate. Finally, the Italian group Campari acquired the brand in 2012.
The Appleton Estate sugar factory is able to produce up to 160 tons of sugar each day, which the distillery turns into 10 millions of liters of rum per year. 80% of the total production is destined to be exported. The spirits factory itself is one of the most famous attractions in Jamaica. Tourists who visit the island queue up for the tour of the facility, with its fancy restaurant and tasting lounges. Appleton Estate doesn't just rely on its glorious past: many efforts have also been made to create the cleanest factory possible, in order to protect the environment.