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This is pot still gold rum from the world-famous Worthy Park Estate in Jamaica. The aroma fills the room with spice and dunder and almost off-putting levels of funk...but once you taste this magnificent product, all is right with the world.
In the glass it is pale gold, quite pretty to behold. Nosing it fills the senses with overripe fruit, spices and oak. The flavor is positively sublime and yet mind-stranglingly complex. I love this rum straight up.
This is a blend of high and middle ester youngish aged, exclusively pot still rum distilled from molasses coming from the famous Worthy Park Estate in St. Catherine Jamaica. This blend was created by Ed Hamilton and is now thankfully pretty easily obtainable in much of the US. Ed Hamilton is known as one of the living Godfather figures of the rum world, and to my tastes, he really knows how to pick out a good rum. His rums are also free of sugar and non-coloring additives and in the case of this rum, free of any additives whatsoever.
The nose on this rum is the most Worthy Park of any Worthy Park rum I have ever had. This rum somehow out-bananas even Rum Bar Overproof. (How is that even possible?) But seriously this shit is Bananas: B-A-N-A-N-A-S. So yeah the tidal wave that overwhelms all of your senses is Bananas. After that is more Bananas. After a sensory saturation of Bananas I detect faint Chlorine, and then Orange Marmalade and Pear Brandy. Beneath that is fresh cut Sugar Cane stalk and Lemon Sour Candies. Faintly in the background I get…more Bananas, form of: Banana Yogurt.
I will let you guess what I get first on the palate. If you guessed Guava you would be wrong. It’s Bananas. I swear Worthy Park pranked Ed Hamilton here and just distilled a bunch of fermented Bananas. After searching under the 18 metric tons of Banana, I taste Lemon Gum Drops, a thimble of Pear Brandy, and just the slightest nibble of fresh Sugar Cane stalk.
After the rum leaves the mouth I am not so subtly reminded of…more Bananas. With a light interlude of Butterscotch hard candies, before back to more Bananas.
Wow! This is the Worthiest Park of all Worthy Parks. I am beginning to suspect that instead of going himself, Ed sent his trusty monkey assistant to pick out the “best” distillate. Said banana distillate was then contracted. But seriously, this rum is Funky with a capital “F” in the form of Bananas. And it is pretty glorious if, like me, you love Bananas.
Short Description: The ultimate Worthy Park expression. This shit is Bananas - BANANAS.
Country of Origin: Jamaica
Distillery: Worthy Park Estate
Nose: BANANAS, faint Chlorine, Orange Marmalade, Pear Brandy, Sugar Cane stalk, Lemon Sour Candies, Banana Yogurt
Palate: Bananas, Lemon Gum Drops, Pear Brandy, faint Sugar Cane stalk
Finish: Bananas, faint Butterscotch hard candies
So pale, yet packed with flavor. The nose is pure hogo, with rotten fruit and fruity earthy tones. On the palate quite smooth and bursting with fruity funk and almost an oaky peatiness. Beachbum says this is what rums used to taste like. I love time traveling in the glass!
It has taken me years to learn to love this rum and its ability to bring instant richness to any drink. I will add this to other rums straight up for a little kick. Same review for this and the black because they are the same.
This is a pale gold rum with a small amount of time in wood. It has bold, boozy, over-ripe pot still character but not to much wood character. Even 1/2 ounce will slap your favorite rum drink in the face and demand it try harder to please. Great in a Mai tai, navy grog, or sidewinders fang. Also good with coke or tonic and lime on ice.
This is so good I put it in coffee on Sundays.
If this is what rums used to be like, then I'd gladly trade the internet for a trip to yesteryear. So fragrant and flavorful. You'd be wise to pick a bottle up for yourself.
They even come in little beer bottle sizes. (350ml?) Perfect for a two person adventure.
I'd call this the gap between Smith and Cross and Wray and Nephew or Rum Fire in the funk department. I'm not sure I would buy it again since I love Smith and Cross, and If I want something funkier I'll just use Rum Fire. I don't see these extra funky rums as sippers or base rums, but used as "condiments" in certain cocktails.
I'm curious how this compares side by side to Dr. Bird which I am trying to get a hold of, because I'm thinking this is the closest thing I have to it.
Rotten Banana, Peppermint, Vanilla Bean? Very difficult to parse, but super funky and I can't get enough of it. Different funk than I'm used to, less 'sharp'
This disappeared just as fast as the Navy. Hamilton for the money is perfect. I could stock Hamilton’s Line up and Doorly’s and be pretty set. Except maybe an agricole.
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