Joy Spence - Master Blender
Appleton Estate’s Master Blender, Joy Spence, has the honour of being the first woman to hold the position of Master Blender in the spirits industry.
In this role, Joy is responsible for ensuring the quality and consistency of existing blends, creating new rum blends and monitoring the Company’s inventory of ageing rum stocks. Simply put, it is Joy’s job to ensure that that all Appleton Estate rum blends meet the high standards that consumers have grown to love and expect.
Joy joined Appleton Estate as Chief Chemist in 1981 where her passion for the art of creating rum-blends was inspired by her predecessor and mentor at the Company, then Master Blender, Owen Tulloch. When Owen retired Joy was appointed the Master Blender in 1997.
Over the last 20 years Joy has created some of the finest rums that the world has ever seen including Appleton Estate Reserve Blend and Appleton Estate Rare Blend 12 Year Old. She also created the limited edition rums Appleton Estate 30 Year Old Jamaica Rum; the Appleton Estate 250th Anniversary Blend, which was created to celebrate the 250th Anniversary of the Appleton Estate; and the Appleton Estate 50 Year Old Jamaica Rum, a 50-year-old minimum age rum that was created to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Jamaica’s Independence.
Joy’s most recent creation is the Appleton Estate Joy Anniversary Blend which was released in 2017 to mark her 20th Anniversary as Appleton Estate’s Master Blender. The Appleton Estate Joy Anniversary Blend is a minimum aged 25-year-old rum with rums aged up to 35 years.
Her 20th anniversary celebrations culminated with the renovated visitor centre in Siloah, St. Elizabeth being named in her honour – the Joy Spence Appleton Estate Rum Experience.