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Joy Spence is one of those rare people who has worked not only in the same industry, but also at the same company, for 40 years. She joined Appleton Estate as chief chemist in 1982 and has been the master blender since 1997.
During her career, chronicled at the Joy Spence Appleton Estate Rum Experience, she’s seen numerous rum industry modernizations, from increased mechanization to more rigorous quality control. She’s also seen higher visibility of women in the industry. In 2018, she received the Jamaica Prime Minister Medal for Science and Technology.