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Easily consumable in a bind
This is a pure pot still rum consisting of a blend of WPEL, WPL and WPE rum from the Worthy Park distillery.
The nose is funky and very pungent. It’s of course fruity and it’s also possible to detect olive and vegetal notes.
In mouth and palate it’s still fruity and I detected pineapple and banana. I also recognize overriped fruits and spices.
The finish is just medium long and shorter than the other White Overproof Jamaicans.
Overall it’s the most pungent, maybe too pungent for my taste, of the big Jamaican three.
Pictures: My three white pure pot stills rum from Jamaica and Grenada & My opened bottle.
You really need to be a fan of Jamaican funk to enjoy this. The nose hits you with fermented grass, almost like ensilage. There’s also a fruity sweetness to it with notes of mango, banana and eucalyptus. It’s probably designed as a mixer but I only tried it neat. Actually very drinkable considering the 63%, with slightly grassy notes of eucalyptus, banana and white pepper. It’s a very potent bottle and might not be for everyone, but enjoy it!
Worthy Park, 63%, white overproof. Aromas of pure Jamaican funk! Lots of green bananas, olives in brine, blue cheese, petrol or varnish. On the palate, hot(because 63%), ester heavy with green herbaceous undertones. Vegetal and sweet with almond notes. I love this rum. The funkier the better.
Definitely the worst I ever tried without mixing. Smells so strongly like bananas that I didn't want to eat a single banana for a month. Doesn't go with Coca-Cola either. Perhaps a fantastic ingredient in a dessert, but absolutely undrinkable. 11.December i romkalenderen 2017
Nose: very young nose with aromas from a fruit brandy, like Hampden Velvet or Nanny of the Maroons. I smell quince, lime, pear, metallic aromas. Everything that reminds me of a rum that has not been aged. The distillate isn't bad, but I prefer aged rums.
Taste: Fruity start, spicy but not unpleasant for me at 63%. The aromas from the nose are here, quince, lime, pear, metallic aromas in the background (like stainless steel tank).
The finish is spicy and fruity again, the rum tingles on the tongue.
A good destillate, but I like aged rums. It's too young with too young aromas.
I would say it's good for mixing, but for sipping there are better rums.
Value 20€: 3/5
Nose: caramelized banana out the wazoo, green olive, rubber, fresh sugar cane, unique smell I can’t place like Cherry scented acetone, faint blackberry cobbler
Palate: warm blackberry cobbler, pineapple, tart cherries, lemon juice, banana, blackberry creaminess, salted caramel
Finish: [chlorine pool water]*, sour apples, salt water, blackberry ice cream, raw sugar, guava, guayabana
I have been looking forward to trying this for quite some time as it is the original Overproof from my favorite Jamaican distillery. Reviews on it seem to be extremely polarized and after trying it I can easily see why. This rum was also a unique experience for me in that there is a titanic difference between its notes straight compared to slightly diluted. Like night and day difference. Drank straight this rum is very muted, not very expressive, and the notes it does play I didn’t find all that pleasant. However with dilution down to about 50% ABV the palate on this rum explodes into complex and delightful tropical fruit flavors. Therefore my very strong advice for those trying this for the first time is to try it both ways but withhold judgement until you dilute this down to about 50% ABV and allow the flavors to open up. So let’s get into the craziness of this experience.
On the nose, even straight this rum is quite expressive. From literally 2 feet away when I poured it into the snifter my nostrils were overwhelmed by caramelized banana. Leaning in more closely though reveals a bevy of more complex notes some of which remind me much more of an Agricole Blanc: green olive, rubber, grassy fresh sugar cane. Faintly behind that I get a note that I am really struggling to place which I guess can be best summarized as cherry scented acetone followed by blackberry cobbler. Interestingly, and quite unexpectedly, I get blackberry cobbler through all three phases of this experience.
Taking a sip straight I get warm blackberry cobbler, pineapple, tart sour cherries, and lemon juice. Diluting it with water brings out an impressive combination of banana, blackberry cream, and salted caramel. Straight, the rum is tart and extremely hot. With dilution the heat and tart dissipate and explode into all of the above flavors at once in magnificence. With dilution this rum is quite impressive.
The finish is another aspect where there is a titanic difference being the rum straight and diluted. Drank straight the finish is rather muted and I only get a chlorinated pool water taste* in my mouth. After diluting it down the finish on the rum once flourishes with an abundance of delightful notes: sour apple, brine, then blackberry ice cream with faint notes of raw cane sugar crystals and guava. After some time Guayabana (Cuban Custard Apple) appears. This is just fantastic and unique.
After drinking this rum straight I was prepared to give it a 3 as it was muted, hot, and frankly unpleasant. With water the complexity exploded into a multitude of delightful notes to the extent that I will rate it a solid 7.5. It’s clear to me that this rum simply needs to be diluted down to around 50% to allow it to truly shine…and shine it will. This is probably the perfect example of what Scott was referring to in his video about adding water to high Abv spirits to open up the flavors because man oh man is that evident here.
vune sílný banán s dřevitost
chut ostřejší ale sladká
zaver hřeje ale ještě aby ne při 63%
koupit ano z 60%
I've been looking forward to giving this overproof a try and comparing it to the classic Wray & Nephew Overproof. The Rum Bar lineup is also from 🇯🇲 and distilled at Worthy Park. Worthy Park is using molasses for its product and distills with a 18,000L pot still (with a double retort), which can yield 8,000L of rum a day. Rum Bar Overproof comes in at the same 63%ABV as W&N.
On the nose it is caramelized banana, olive, grass, and pepper. Water brings out olive brine, lime and faint cigarette.
The palate is oily. A little too punchy at full strength. Some water brings out a creaminess, vanilla and ginger.
The finish has some bitterness, walnut, and is a bit dry. With water there are roasted almonds, licorice and it is a little sour.
Comparing to W&N, the Rum Bar is more creamy, while the W&N is more spicy. In the end, I have a slight preference for the Rum Bar (well neat anyways). Once this pops up in Ontario I may replace my Wray with it.
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