• Ivar

A Jamaican Rum Journey - Three Worthy Parks

Updated: Oct 12, 2020

Worthy Park is a Jamaican distillery and sugar producer that seems to be gaining more and more momentum. Over the past years we’ve seen a lot of independent bottlers bring Worthy Park rum to the market. Next to that, Worthy park have bottled a lot of aged and unaged rums under their own brands. They are also continuously collaborating with Velier and there are tons of good reviews about them.


Makes sense to me. What’s not to like?! Traditional Jamaican distillery; Pot still distillation only; High level of transparency; Zan Kong representing them, a great guy to deal with.


I’ve always liked their products, actually there is only one that jumps to mind that I didn’t like much, Rum Bar Gold. Everything else I’ve tried has always been a good to great experience. In my mind, the best experience I’ve had was with the Velier Forsyths 2006 WPM. At least, until I tasted the 12 year Worthy Park 2006, which I evaluated a while ago here. I thought it eclipsed the Velier. But, the mind can play tricks on you. Since my mind is like Swiss cheese, I figured I should put them in a blind tasting and find out.


To make it a bit more confusing for my mind, I added the SBS Jamaica 2004. This is a WP rum from 2005 (labeling error), aged for 14 years with a 50/50 split between tropical and continental ageing. The mark is WPL (Worthy Park Light). It was one of the best rums I tried at UK rumfest. Click here for another review of a 1423.dk product, the SBS Jamaica 2018.



Facts-ish


Worthy Park Single Estate 2006

Age: 12 years

Abv: 56%

Cask: Ex-Bourbon


Velier Forsyths 2006 WPM

Age: 11 years

Abv: 57.5%

Cask: Ex-Bourbon

Esters: 209,3 gr/hlpa


SBS Jamaica 2004

Age: 14 years

Abv: 58.7%

Cask: Ex-Bourb