Our Master Blender Joy Spence


In life as in the art of rum,
joy is the key to
achieving excellence.

Since 1749, this part of the Jamaican spirit has been
the soul of rum production at Appleton Estate,
and in 1981 it also became its beating heart with
Dr. Joy Spence. In 1997, Joy became the first female
Master Blender in the spirits industry, an amazing
milestone for women across the world.

- 1981 -
Joy Spence joins Appleton Estate
as Chief Chemist.

- 1997 -
Joy Spence is the first woman
to be appointed Master Blender
in the spirits industry.

Since then, she created
many of the blends that made
Appleton Estate famous,

including the 8 Year Old Reserve and our
limited edition 50 Year Old, believed to be
the oldest tropically minimum aged rum
available for sale in the world.

- 2014 -
Joy receives an Honourary Doctorate
from the University of the West Indies.

That’s why when we say "Crafted with Joy",
we’re fortunate to recognize both the spirit of
Jamaican people infused in our rum

and our Master Blender’s
years of expertise
with Appleton Estate.

We are bold people,
we’re passionate.
Rum is an expression
of that culture

Joy Spence
Appleton Estate
Rum Experience.

Named in honour of our Master Blender,
our Visitor Centre is a multi-sensory journey
to discover the unique essence of Jamaican rum.

From Caneto Cup

Our rum production process
is born out of heritage and joy.

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