Worthy Park Rum Single Estate Reserve 45° cl 70
The Worthy Park Estate, located in the heart of Jamaica, was founded in 1670, in the parish of St. Catherine, sixty kilometers north of Kingston. Run by only three families over 340 years, it has been producing rum since its founding, so it should be considered the oldest distillery in the world still in operation.
The Worthy Park Estate has within it the sugar mill plus the distillery that produces pure Jamaican-style rum.
In 1670, 840 hectares of land were given to Lt. Francis Prince for his services to Cromwell during England’s colonization of Jamaica in 1655.
Sugarcane cultivation began in 1720 and in 1741 the first production of rum was recorded, the first of any Jamaican distillery still in operation but ceased in the early 1960s, in accordance with the Spirits Pool Association of Jamaica, due to overproduction of Jamaican rum.
After being out of the distilling business for decades, the Clarke family decided in 2004 to reopen the distillery. In 2005 the distillery was completed and in 2007 the Rum-Bar-Rum brand was launched.
After ceasing operations in 1960 it was restored in 2005 and began distilling again.
Thefirst building to be reactivated was the distillery, followed by the aging and bottling warehouses.
All molasses used during the fermentation process comes from Worthy Park sugar production.
Thedistillery uses about 3,000 tons of molasses per year.
During fermentation, yeast is added to molasses to help turn sugar into alcohol. There are 6 fermentation tanks that are used in this process.
4 tanks are used for light pot still fermentation with a 30-hour cycle while 2 others are dedicated to the production of high ester rum which has a 2/3 week cycle.
Distillation takes place in a traditional Jamaican pot still custom built in Scotland.
Thepot still has a 5/6 hour cycle and all rums leave the still between 85% and 87% . The distillation capacity is about 2 million liters of pure alcohol per year.
The rums are aged in American white oak (formerly bourbon) barrels. Ninety-five percent of the barrels come from Jack Daniel in Tennessee.
Worthy Park has invested in aged rum since opening in 2005 and now boasts more than 9,000 barrels (tropical aging).