As I wrote in the last review, earlier this week we got to try a few new rums at the newly opened Zombie Village bar in San Francisco. The Worthy Park 2007 is also a Habitation Velier rum, but one which interestingly Worthy Park was ok with going out directly with their brand on the bottle. The rum is actually a little younger than its brother bottle, so we were eager to compare in a vertical tasting. The 2007 is lower ester vs. the 2005, and definitely lower than the Hampden, so it made for an interesting comparison.
Worthy Park is one of Jamaica’s oldest distilleries, though it was mothballed from the 60s until 2005 when it was reopened as a modern distillery. Since then they’ve been churning out interesting rums of varying degrees of funkiness under a variety of different brands.
Habitation Velier Worthy Park 2007 Rum Review
- Score - 8.5/108.5/10
Nose: Aggressively honey, butterscotch, nutty, refined caramel extract, kavalan, dark mahogany, espresso and jasmine.
Palate: Hawaiian macademia nuts. Softness of caramel and vanilla then caramel dark chocolate. Alternating waves of ester and oak.
Finish: Brown sugar and honey.
Overall: A lovely, complex and layered dram that’s full of bright Jamaican flavor. Highly recommend you give this one a try.
- ABV: 59%
- Aged 10 years
- Angel’s share >64%
About Worthy Park
- Distilling on the Worthy Park site started in 1741 and ran continuously until the 1960s. The modern distillery opened in 2005 and put out its first bottlings in 2007.
- Worthy Park can produce light or high ester rum.
- Mostly sold in market under the “Rum Bar” brand, though it also appears under other independent bottlers, and increasingly aged expressions are appearing as Worthy Park.
- One of the most modern distilling operations in Jamaica. The can processing
- Check out the Cocktail Wonk’s article on their distillery for a more comprehensive explanation.