In addition to beautiful beaches, Jamaica has some of the best rums in the world. The Appleton Estate Rum Tour offers an exclusive look behind the scene and hands-on experience into the decades-old rum-making process.
Appleton Estate has been producing liquor since 1749, qualifying the estate as Jamaica’s oldest sugar cane estate and distillery. The estate covers 11,000-acres and includes; a sugar cane plantation and modern facilities for its distilleries.
To date, the estate produces a whopping 10 million liters (2.6 Million gallons) of rum per year. You may know the Appleton brand for its aged rums, but there’s also a line of Premium Spirits, Gold and White rums.
The Appleton Estate is open to the public daily and offers engaging tours into the estate’s history and the entire “cane-to-cup” making process. The daily tours give visitors the options to sample a wide variety of liquors as well as observe the company’s traditional distillation methods using its 200-year-old copper pot stills.
Spend your day touring the estate; grind sugar cane as they did decades in the past, see the barrel house with hundreds of barrels of aged liquors, sample freshly squeezed cane juice and “an open bar” at the end of the tour where you sample all that Appleton Estate produces.
This tour can be very intoxicating, see what we did there?
Where is Appleton Estate Located?
The Appleton Estate is located in a geographical area known as the Nassau Valley, District of Siloah in Saint, Elizabeth.
Most local tour operators offer private and shared tours daily. Whether your hotel is in Negril or Montego Bay, it’s a two (2) hours drive to Appleton Estate.
Distance Travel from Resort Towns?
- Negril: 1Hr – 57 minutes (97 km)
- Montego Bay: 1Hr – 53 minutes (60.9 km)
- Ocho Rios: 2 Hrs – 56 minutes (126 km)
- South Coast: 1 Hour (42.3 km)
Data courtesy of Google Maps**
Monday – Saturday: 9AM – 4PM
(Closed on Christmas Day, New Years Day and other Jamaican public holidays). Tours start every hour and please allow up to two hours to enjoy the tour.
Cost: $30 USD for a standard tour. If you wish to have lunch you can make a reservation by calling +1-876-963-9215, +1-876-963-9216 or +1-876-963-9217.
You can also make reservations and special request by emailing Appleton Estates at firstname.lastname@example.org
What to Expect when you arrive:
Upon arriving you’ll be taken to the reception area, where you will be greeted by a guide. Your guide will greet you with the best complimentary rum punch you have ever had.
You are then escorted on an hour-long tour of the facilities. You will be given an insider’s view of the rum-making process.
Get a glance at earlier methods of harvesting sugar cane Juice, using a historic sugar cane grinder. This is apart of the many historic tools used in the distillation process.
Sample sweet molasses, a by-product of juicing sugar cane.
See the barrel room where Appleton Rums are aged to excellence.
At the end of the tour, visitors can sample as much rum as they want. There are 13 types of Rum produced at Appleton Estates, and you get to try them all. Visitors and alcohol connoisseurs who have done the tour says it is like no other.
What to bring?
The tour is opened to the public with a guide; however, only patrons 18 years and older may participate.
- Cash: Appleton Estate has two gift shops that sell apparel, gifts sets, candies and a variety of aged rums. “We always recommend taking cash on all tours as not all business in Jamaica required POS to accept debit and credit.”
- Wear Comfortable Shoes: The tour only requires a small amount of walking, but we’re certain you want to be comfortable.
- Bottled Water: Appleton Estate’s facilities tend to get a little hot, so some water to sip on will help.
This is the world’s most delicious rum tour. There are so many options to sample, however, we recommend trying to the Rum Cream with coffee. It’s the most delicious of all the spirits.
How can I get to the Appleton Estate from my Hotel?
Most local tour operators will bundle the Appleton Rum Tour as a package including other interesting nearby attractions. You can inquire at the front desk of your Hotel.
Some hotels supply transportation and tours, or you could find a reputable local tour operator on Tripadvisor. We recommend making a reservation with Shorty Tours, over 15 years as a tour operator and great reviews on Tripadvisor.