Prime Minister Andrew Holness recently toured the world-renowned Joy Spence Appleton Estate Rum Experience, located in Nassau Valley, St. Elizabeth.
The tour, which gave an insight into Jamaica’s rich history and culture, included Joy Spence, the first female Master Blender in the world and Appleton Estate’s Master Blender; Managing Director of J. Wray & Nephew Limited, Jean-Philippe Beyer; and Chairman of J. Wray & Nephew Limited, Clement Lawrence.
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.
PM Holness was presented with a 21-year special collection brew, the Prime Minister’s Collection.
Holness 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.
For her part, Spence told JIS News that Appleton Estate prides itself on promoting Brand Jamaica both 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.
“I am proud to be actually selling Jamaica while selling Appleton Estate Jamaica Rum, because I have [a] passion for our country. We demonstrate the passion behind making our brand, the history of our country, the unique geography that we have here, which links back to the whole Jamaican experience,” she added.