2006 Worthy Park 14 Year "Worthy Then" Smuggler's Cove - K&L Exclusive Collaboration WPM Cask Strength Single Cask Jamaican Rum (750ml)

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The Worthy Then...Worthy Now dual bottlings were devised by Martin Cate of Smuggler's Cove and David Othenin-Girard, K&L Spirits Buyer. Designed to highlight the diverse and complex array of offerings from the exceptional estate in Lluidas Vale, Jamaica, the series will be sold exclusively at these the two venerable California institutions. This barrel - Worthy Then- was aged 14 years in used bourbon cask- the oldest aged stocks at Worthy Park having only resumed distillation at the old estate in 2006, the very year when this rum was distilled. It's drawn from one single barrel filled in 14 long hot summers ago with Worthy Park Medium (WPM) – a rarely bottled marque that blends their Worthy Park Light (WPL) rum with high ester Worthy Park Extra (WPE) rum. WPE is fermented with a specially propagated wild yeast strain for up to three weeks. Near the last third of its life, the distillery would have racked two barrels together to avoid the complete loss of the stocks. After another half decade they bottled it without additions, corrections or chillfiltration exclusively for this special project. A truly special example of the age worthiness of these special distillates and easily one of the coolest rums we'll ever have the honor of selling.


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By: Will Blakely | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/3/2021 | Send Email
Fans of Jamaican pot still rum are in for a treat. It seems so rare for us to see casks like this these days, with an age statement in the teens and a dark color that screams tropical ageing. From the instant you open the bottle, that rubbery, volatile petrol character alerts everyone in the room that this is serious rum. But don't be afraid of that; despite the wild, chemical aroma, this rum is remarkably refined. The palate boasts an abundance of crackling, caramelized sugar that perfectly sets the stage for the symphony of fruits and spices that follow. Brandied cherries, bananas foster, and a hint of melon strike the first chords, with nutmeg, allspice and decadent cocoa forming the harmony. Without adding water, it presents less fruity than I expected, leaning more toward savory and umami flavors, with just enough grassy and herbal character to keep things interesting. Truthfully, I enjoyed it a great deal in this state, where each sip felt immensely satisfying yet made me want to drink more and more. With water, however, the fruits explode in the glass. Suddenly papaya, mango and guava enter the mix with banana leaf and a more subtle nutty character rounding out the already insanely complex profile. The longer it's open to the air, the more nuance and length this shows, culminating in a final sip that leaves you asking, "why is the rum gone?" In a landscape with tons of exciting rums on the horizon, it's difficult to settle on one or two bottles. Let me tell you, this is absolutely one you will regret missing out on.

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