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Worthy Park 109 rum

Worthy Park 109

Jamaica | Dark | 54.5% ABV | Pot Still

55 ratings
Tasty, but not quite great

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Corneliusl 🇳🇴 | 89 ratings
Posted over 2 years ago

Dark brown colour
Nice cask finish with vanilla on the tongue
Not too funky

TommAng 🇺🇸 | 25 ratings
Posted almost 2 years ago

Very good drop from Worthy Park. Very smooth and has some nice Jamaican in the backbone. It’s not as complex as some other worthy park offerings and as I understand it is colored with caramel which I don’t like. But overall it’s a solid Jamaican rum at a great price.

Andrewofcalgary 🇨🇦 | 281 ratings
Posted 2 years ago

Smells like maple syrup. Tastes ethanol-like... then I saw the proof and where it was from and it all made sense. Jamaican over-proof, of the few I have tried, is my least favourite of any rum. Did the trick but was only made enjoyable by a smell of maple syrup.

Dr. Arzt 🇩🇪 | 16 ratings
Posted 2 years ago

This cask strength Rum comes with 54.5% Vol.
Colour is deep dark mahogany. They say it has not been coloured.
When I opened it for the first time I did not find the smell very pleasant. Glue, fermented paint and ethanol came to mind. After a while in the glass it got better but not really fine.
Now, after a few month the smell has changed very much to the positive, wich is probably due to the fact that the bottle has become emptier and thus contains more air.
Now the nose captivates with overripe plums and garden lovage aka Maggi.
Very intensive and heavy but not bad at all.
In the mouth you have a very fruity sweetness, also here overripe plums and of course nectarines. Some say that there is Vanilla but I haven't noticed.
The finish is long with some wood notes and dried fruits.
With 3 years this is a real youngster but a good example of how good the quality of a Rum can be when the circumstances are right as you would expect at Worthy Park.

Majrad (PREMIUM) 🇱🇺 | 62 ratings
Posted 2 years ago

I found WP 109 too strong and perhaps fiery to appreciate the nuances it offers. Would be.ok to mix it or prepare a grogg. I would pass if offered as a sipper again. Based on tasting a 2cl sample.

Captain_Tyson 🇺🇸 | 99 ratings
Posted 2 years ago

This is a great dark rum. Especially if you’re making drinks, this is a must. Does have a slight burn but that’s not a bad thing. Definitely adds to the profile. Pick it up

Mujuru 🇺🇸 | 152 ratings
Posted 2 years ago

This is a direct-from-distillery blend of aged and unaged rums with some added caramel color created primarily for mixing by Worthy Park Estate. It seems to be Worthy Park’s direct answer to Smith & Cross created and released just last year, so it’s fairly new on the scene.

I am a noted Worthy Park stan, so I have been eyeing this one for my mixing collection since it’s announcement. I finally found a bottle at a local shop here in Atlanta. Before I mix with it I want to know how it measures on its own.

The nose on this rum is far simpler than any other Worthy Park rum I have had to date. It’s mainly just four notes: Sorghum Molasses, Baby Banana (the small more pungent bananas), faint Modelers Glue, and just a hint of Bacon jelly. That last note is a note I have never had on a rum before and it is interesting, but fairly faint. It took me several whiffs to pick it out. The composition on the nose is decent but a little janky. It’s pungent and pleasant but you get the feeling that something somewhere is muffled and out of synch.

The palate mostly mirrors the nose in that it once again starts with big Sorghum Molasses that turns into Banana. Following the banana I also get Cheerwine (a flavored Cherry Soda from North Carolina). There remains a significant ethanol note that lingers in on the tongue and in the throat. This rum drinks a bit hot.

The finish continues to follow generally the same themes but with a slight alteration. The finish starts with a distinct Cherry Cough Drop note and then morphs into a dry Banana note like dried Banana chips. The ethanol burn continues through the finish and the theme remains hot.

So this rum is a bit of a let down compared to my experiences with other Worthy Park rums. It is simple, hot, and that delightful, famous Worthy Park funk is massively toned down. This may be intended to compete with Smith & Cross but this is nowhere near as funky or as characterful.

It’s not a bad rum and I can certainly appreciate what they are going for but it lacks the full bodied, complex, big fruity character that I normally associate with Worthy Park distillates. Despite being bottled at 54.5% it is nowhere close to as interesting and flavorful as Hamilton Pot Still Jamaican Black, and to choose between the two is no contest: Hamilton Pot Still Jamaican Black wins by a country mile - at least as a sipper.

All that said, this rum mainly exists to mix with, and I suspect will function excellently for that purpose. As I said I can appreciate what’s going on here. It’s still better than so many other rums on the market; it just doesn’t hold up against other Worthy Park rums, mainly because of the very high standards set by that distillery. This is a fine rum, that I am sure will be more than adequate for my Mai Tais…it just lacks the funky complexity to double as a sipper like the Hamilton bottling does

Short Description: A Cambridge educated Jamaican banking lawyer with a stiff upper lip. The funk is in there somewhere deep down but it’s been heavily self suppressed in an attempt to fit in with high society.

Nose: Sorghum Molasses, Baby Banana, faint Modelers Glue, faint Bacon jelly

Palate: Sorghum Molasses, Banana, Cheerwine (Cherry soda), Ethanol

Finish: Cherry Cough Drops, Banana chips, Ethanol

ABV: 54.5%

Country of Origin: Jamaica

Distillery: Worthy Park

Nielf 🇩🇰 | 211 ratings
Posted 2 years ago

Jamaica-rom vokser på mig. Men den her falder absolut ikke i min smag.

Róbert Bezák 🇸🇰 | 88 ratings
Posted over 2 years ago

Not bad at all for that young rum. Raisin flavour does not bother. Very rich and dark without sweetness. And of course, pleasantly powerful.

Root-theory 🇵🇱 | 84 ratings
Posted over 2 years ago

Zapach: rodzynki, melasa, zioła i stara skarpeta :) Naprawdę zaskakujący rum nie dla wszystkich. Smak jest zaskakujacy, intensywny oraz 100% funky - ja lubie ale wiecej jak dwa drinki nie jestem w stanie wypić. Absolutnie już jego niewielka ilość dodana do Coli dominuje całość.

el_pepe 🇩🇪 | 7 ratings
Posted over 2 years ago

I like this dark and full of sweet taste rum for creating Dark and Stormy's. Much better drinks then other brands

Brand Details

Type: Dark
Company: Worthy Park
Country: Jamaica
Name: 109
ABV: 54.5%
Raw Material: Unknown
Process: Unknown
Distillation: Pot Still
Women Led: No