WORTHY PARK ESTATE Worthy Park 109 Rum
Fans of Navy-style rums looking to add a bit of oomph and funk to their cocktails will be 109% happy with this beauty.
Worthy Park 109 was originally going to be called “Gunpowder Proof” but another rum brand allegedly got a bit shirty about that so this Jamaican rum was named after its proof instead which is double its alcohol by volume 54.5%. 109 is a molasses-based rum crafted using a copper pot still and coloured with caramel to give that dark and enticing hue. Two components go into it: a low-ester rum matured in ex-Bourbon barrels for three years and an unaged high-ester rum that brings the funk. Despite that punchy ABV it’s not as fiery as you might expect but rather smooth super complex and deeply intriguing. Expect a melange of dark chocolate salted caramel banana bread pineapple prunes treacle black tea freshly roasted coffee fig rolls tobacco polished antique furniture raisins cola bottles and blackcurrants. We love Worthy Park 109 mixed with ginger beer and we can think of few rums better for making a Zombie with.
Located in the Lluidas Vale Worthy Park Estate is rum royalty. Connoisseurs will be familiar with the name from independent bottlings and from The Duppy Share (where it is blended with spirit from another Harvey Nichols favourite Foursquare). Established in 1670 the unbelievably verdant land the estate sits on – slap bang in the middle of Jamaica and guarded by mountains – was ‘gifted’ to Lieutenant Francis Price by Oliver Cromwell when colonisation of Jamaica passed from the Spanish to the English. They began sugar cultivation fifty years later and rum production started in 1741 long before any other existing distillery on the island. Although distilling ceased for a while Worthy Park Estate built a state-of-the-art distillery in 2005 and the exquisite new rum they’re producing is now coming of age as 109 proves.
SKU No.: 3635189
Style No.: 866503
Alcohol by volume (ABV): 54.5%