Joy Spence

the first female master blender

Jul 28, 2021

No mean feat…

Master blender Joy Spence has the distinction of being the first woman to hold this position in the spirits industry, with 40 illustrious years of history at the infamous Appleton Estate in Jamaica.

With a Masters degree in Analytical Chemistry with honours, Joy began her career at Appleton Estate as Chief Chemist in 1981. In 1997, Joy went on to take the renowned title of the world’s first female Master Blender! Since then she's created many of the blends that made Appleton Estate Famous.

Love, expertise and personal touch

Every single barrel of rum to leave Appleton Estate is selected by Joy and her team. Her love, expertise and personal touch goes into each and every bottle to produce only the finest!

Creating world-renowned blends is part of Joy’s every day – from Appleton Estate Reserve Blend and Appleton Estate 50 Year Old – one of the world’s oldest barrel-aged rum.

Fancy Trying One of Appleton Estate's sweet and fruity rums?

Choose one of our Rum Boards, which comes with a selection of your choice of four rums!



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