Jamaica Prime Minister Andrew Holness recently toured the world-renowned Joy Spence Appleton Estate Rum Experience in Nassau Valley, St Elizabeth.
The tour, which gave an insight into Jamaica’s rich history and culture, was conducted by Joy Spence, Appleton Estate’s Master Blender, and J. Wray & Nephew directors.
Holness was taken to the mini theatre on the property, which displayed the process and history of Jamaica’s rum, a milling station and a molasses station. He also toured the estate’s distillery, warehouse, and viewed the Prime Minister Reserve Collection.
Holness was presented with a 21-year special collection brew, the Prime Minister’s Collection. He lauded Spence for her continued contribution to the local spirits industry, having been appointed the first female Master Blender globally and serving close to 40 years in the industry.
“I am certain that you are coaching others to come on board. Your dedication to the industry, your contribution is definitely valued,” he said.
Spence said that Appleton Estate prides itself on promoting Brand Jamaica locally and internationally. “Rum and our Jamaican heritage go hand in hand, and so Brand Jamaica is very important in our promotions internationally,” Spence said.