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Transcontinental Rum Line 2013 Jamaica WP

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Mujuru 🇺🇸 | 152 ratings
Posted over 1 year ago

This is a molasses based pure pot still rum from Worthy Park in St. Catherine, Jamaica that has been tropically aged for 3 years in bourbon oak in Jamaica and then transported to Europe where it was aged a further 2 years in the temperate continental climate. It was then bottled at 56.8% ABV by Velier under the Transcontinental Rum Line series. I estimate that it was a decently high ester rum on distillation because, as you will see below, it’s pretty funky even among Jamaicans.

This rum has an absolutely delightful nose that is a tropical fruit bomb. Worthy Park is famous for its Bananas note, and yes that is highly present here but it is far from the only one. Indeed just uncorking the bottle I got smacked in the face by the fruity funk emanating from the bottle from a good distance away. Taking a whiff from the Glencairn I get Banana Flambé and a very heavy Guava with Cream Cheese note. It’s reminds me in a way of a Cuban bakery shop. Next comes Caramel, followed by very ripe Pineapple and Lime. Hidden in the background there is also a distinct herbal quality note…fenugreek I think, though it’s hard to put my finger on it exactly.

One thing I have always loved about Worthy Park rums is that they usually taste exactly how they smell. Oddly, however, this rum drink much more like a Hampden, at least at the start. Off the first sip I get straight Apple Moonshine and Mango Lassi. It’s strange because that exact Apple Moonshine note is precisely what I associate with Hampden…not Worthy Park. The Mango Lassi note is a subtle hint of something deeper. With the addition of water this rum slowly opens up to reveal quite a bit more. With water I get Caramel, Yogurt, Honey Butter, just a touch of Oak, Caramel, and a unique rotting/musty funk note that is hard to specifically place. With more water further fruit confectionary notes come out, specifically Christmas Coconut rum balls.

The finish is short but a burst of Banana Flambé. In the background there is a hint of menthol on the breath out. And then a very odd sensation. For some reason my tongue is numb like it was injected with Lanicain. Weird, I am not sure what that’s all about.

This is yet another great rum from Worthy Park - a fine addition to my collection (*coughs happy General Grevious noises*). It is a different rum from most Worthy Park rums I have had (and I have had a lot) in that, at times, this rum drinks more like a Hampden than a Worthy Park. Yes the Banana is there…but so is that Hampden Apple funk and the incongruous nose to palate transition. Luckily, I love the notes on the palate almost as much as I do those on the nose on this rum.

In terms of comparison to 2012 and 2015, they are all surprisingly different rums despite coming from the same distillery. This one I think, for me, lands right in the middle. TCRL Jamaica WP 2015 is stunning, probably a top 10-15 rum of all time for me. 2013 is a very, very solid if slightly different rum. If you are a Hampden fan and want a Worthy Park, this may be right up your alley. 2012 is quite good but not quite as explosively flavorful or funky as 2015 or 2013, it’s a built more for the whiskey profile despite still containing plenty of intriguing Jamaican funk.

All in all this is a delectable rum and yet another excellent bottling from Velier. This one brings a tropical fruit explosion on the nose and the tropical fruit confectionary notes of a Cuban bakery. Toss in a little Hampden style funk and you have a pretty tasty bottle. There is also a significant creamy dairy note to this rum that shows up randomly, especially with the addition of water.

Short Description: Imagine sitting between an overripe tropical fruit stand and a Cuban bakery while sipping on a classic aged Hampden and eating yogurt. Now let all those notes run together. Yep that about sums it up.

ABV 56.8%

Country of Origin: Jamaica

Distillery: Worthy Park

Nose: Banana Flambé, Guava Cream, Caramel, Pineapple, Lime, slight herbal note (Fenugreek?)

Palate: Apple Moonshine, Mango Lassi; with water: Caramelized Banana, Yogurt, Honey Butter, touch of Oak, Caramel, musty funk, Christmas coconut balls

Finish: Banana Flambé, touch of menthol, (makes my tongue numb)

Paul B 🇺🇸 | 472 ratings
Posted over 1 year ago

You have been warned. Not until you take the bottle out of the gift box are you told about the overproof. However, in very fine print at the bottom of one lengthy description on the box, it mentions that it was bottled at Navy Strength. I am so used to having Jamaican overproof rums being clear. This one is aged for five years and has an amber color. I am not a big fan of overproof rums unless it is Plantation OFTD. The high proof on this one detracts from the flavors. The hogo funk takes a serious background to the high alcohol content on this one. However, it is still light years better than Wray & Nephew Overproof.

Update 12 days later: This shit almost made me stop drinking and I almost lowered my rating to a 5. However, adding two parts cola to one part of this rum with LOTS of ice made it drinkable, albeit very slowly. I know that many of you rave about rums from Worthy Park, but I have not had much luck with them. This will also be the last rum that I buy from this independent bottler.

Clins87 🇩🇰 | 36 ratings
Posted over 4 years ago

A bit strong in it’s taste of spirit. Taste a bit of banana, vanilj and caramel. It varms you, when you drink it.

tm.mele 🇮🇹 | 11 ratings
Posted over 5 years ago

I'm really glad not to be the only one to review this Whisky, no sorry, this Rum! I mean your nose will be speaking with a Rhum with the kind of alcoholic punch you can expect from a cask strength rum at 56%, but your mouth will be speaking with the beautiful and amazing bastard son of an Agricole Rhum and a Whisky from a Scottish Isla.
At the nose: wow alcohol is strong, dark, yes the bananas, but acetone too, slightly oaky.
At the mouth: it's hot, it fills your mouth with alcohol and flavour inundates both mouth and nose. A bit shy of bananas to be a WP, the liquorice is strong to me, salty note of liquorice, but hey? There's an elephant in the room? Am I the only one who had a doubt if this was a sip of Whisky or Rum? The oakiness, but most importantly the peaty oily taste typical of the Isla Whisky is all there and it's strong, forget the bananas, forget the tropical fruits, forget all, this is a great finish: a Rum born in Jamaica but raised on a Scottish Island.

Örjan 🇸🇪 | 60 ratings
Posted over 5 years ago

good strength with taste of banana sweetness, warming spicy, vanilla, caramel and cognac.

Jonte Json 🇸🇪 | 109 ratings
Posted over 6 years ago

Very young and spicy taste, with some hints of glue and banana

ripperussr 🇨🇿 | 544 ratings
Posted 4 months ago

Intensive fruity aroma; barrel strenght, honey sweet, full body; warming wooden barrel tail.

GreyHoustom (PREMIUM) 🇺🇸 | 39 ratings
Posted 6 months ago

This would be a great introduction to Jamaican rum with enough funk but not overwhelming - Very smooth given the 57% with little heat. Prefer a bit more complexity.

wkatm 🇺🇸 | 5 ratings
Posted 11 months ago

At first, I found tasting this rum to be hard to reconcile with its phenomenally pleasant aroma… but adding a few drops of water really opens it up and allows other flavors to come to the fore instead of straight ethanol burn. And what a good thing that is, because it’s truly a delicious sipper once you can manage the heat it packs.

Smovens 🇺🇸 | 187 ratings
Posted over 1 year ago

Just a standard worthy park. Very solid, but nothing exciting.

Brand Details

Type: Aged
Company: Transcontinental Rum Line
Country: Multiple
Name: 2013 Jamaica WP
Yr Distilled: 2013
Raw Material: Unknown
Process: Unknown
Distillation: Unknown
Women Led: No