THE RUM DI­ARIES

Dish - - The Business Of Dinner -

A glass ceil­ing was smashed back in 1997 by Joy Spence, who be­came the world’s first-ever fe­male mas­ter blender. She’s the cre­ative ge­nius shep­herd­ing 265-year-old Ja­maican rum in­sti­tu­tion Ap­ple­ton Estate, into the fu­ture. To mark her 20th year in the role, Ap­ple­ton’s have re­leased 300 bot­tles to New Zealand of a rare, aged-for-25 years, blended rum, named Joy. Priced at $350 apiece, you can ex­pect top notes of or­ange zest, gin­ger, but­ter­scotch, espresso and del­i­cately toasted al­mond and oak fol­lowed by a vel­vety-smooth, warm­ing mouth­feel and per­sis­tent, sweetly smoky fin­ish. Ask for it at your lo­cal Liquor King, Liquor­land or Su­per Liquor.

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