Appleton Estates’ Joy Spence is, rightly, regarded as one of the world’s most accomplished Master Blenders. Her “Joy” expression is, in a word, magnificent. An incredible nose of old, polished wood, walnut, spice, treacle, clove, orange chocolate emerge, underscored by a distinct - though in no way unpleasant - shot of acetate. Complex, spicy, earthy, and warm, with flavours of toffee, caramel, buttered nuts, and marmalade go on and on (and on) as the flavours glide away. At $400 per bottle, you certainly (hopefully) will not mix it. It may seem expensive for a rum, but forget any preconceived notions of what rum should be. This is as complex, ethereal, and engaging as many whiskies and high-end brandies that are even more expensive.