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Worthy Park Cask Selection Series #5 - Port - 56% abv.

Updated: Dec 27, 2018

Worthy Park Cask Selection Series #5 - Port - 56% abv.

Now down to the last of the 3 new Cask Selection releases from Worthy Park, one that I have heard only great things about, and the one that on my initial run-though of the bunch, was my favourite…Today it’s time for the Port cask finish. Bottled at 56% abv. and only 585 bottles produced. Again, as with the other cask selection releases, this has seen both American ex-bourbon barrels as well as a finish in ex-Port casks.

Enough about the information that you can pretty much figure out from the label. On the nose…This is going to be a rich one! As with the other two, this one starts off fruity with bruised red apples, pears and even peaches. The difference here is that red fruits are also coming through; lush plums, dark cherries, prunes and raisins. Along with all of that, there are also tropical notes of banana and pineapple! And the more I smell it the more I keep coming back to peaches! I love it!!! There is also a fair amount of wood going on here, although more towards the raw oak and spices than the vanilla and chocolate that I may have expected. Cinnamon and cloves. Burnt brown sugar melted in butter. The Jamaican funk for me shines through in this one more so than the other two releases and adds a nice fruity acidity that balances out all of the other deep red fruits that otherwise would have made this smell as if it could be sweet. There is a lot going on here, to put it gently.

On the palate, BOOM! I actually don’t know what flavours hit me first. I will probably go with green apples and and bitter almonds. But this one is also quite spicy! Pepper and cloves are both very present, that together with the heat from the 56% leave your tongue tingling for more. The red fruits are also there, although not as much as I would have expected from the nose. Cherries and plums. You can see that this came from time in a Port cask. A slight nuttiness is also present, although hidden behind the lovely wood character that plays a big role here. Almost charred oak that releases a hint of smokiness. For some reason I keep thinking about eucalyptus. There is something green and almost minty but not really mint…The best description that comes to mind is eucalyptus, much like you get on a full bodied shiraz from Australia. Spicy, deep red fruits and a splash of the green tree that they are so well known for. All of these flavours going on, yet somehow this rum comes across as fresh! It’s hot and it packs a punch, but light and fruity at the same time. Delicious.

The finish is medium-long going from apples through the wood and spices and ending on a tropical paradise with fresh mangoes.

Hands down my favourite of the new releases. And that is not to say that the other ones weren’t tough competition.

Impressive stuff. That is all.


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