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