IN THE NEWS
Peter McConnell honoured
CHAIRMAN AND managing director of Worthy Park Estates Ltd., Peter McConnell, was recently honoured by the Jamaica Association of Sugar Technologist (JAST) for more than 40 years of outstanding service to the sugar industry.
Enters Brand Rum Market
Worthy Park operates perhaps Jamaica’s most efficient sugar factory, but like other facilities here is under pressure to reduce costs in the face in price reductions in European Union markets where Jamaica and other Caribbean countries enjoy preferences.
Ministry of Rum
Located in the geographical center of the island of Jamaica, Worthy Park Estate is a privately owned and operated sugar factory and distillery. Originally a land grant to Lieutenant Francis Price in appreciation for his services to Cromwell during the English invasion..
Overproof Rum Tax
The tariff imposed on white overproof rum has brought parity to the liquor taxes, but one manufacturer has suggested that the more than 250 per cent increase will hit the company and consumers hard.
An Interview with Alexander Kong (Worthy Park Estate, Jamaica)
Our latest interview is with Alexander Kong (pictured in the grey jacket, alongside Gordon Clarke Co-Managing Director) who is the Export Sales Manager for the recently resurrected Worthy Park Distillery.
Rum connoisseur interview of the week: Export Sales Manager for Worthy Park Estate producers of RumBar Rums
1) Who is Alexander Kong
I’ll give you the short version – born and raised in Mississauga, Ontario Canada; I moved back to my “ parental”
Rum Master from Worthy Park
I am a Jamaican, born from a Jamaican Family. Although Educated in Ontario, Canada and Florida, USA including Boarding School, Undergraduate University, and a Masters Program, I returned to Jamaica to live, get married and eventually settle into the Family Business.
Worthy Park bagging sugar for retail trade
Worthy Park Estates has invested $185 million in a new bagging plant in a bid to break into the local market for bulk sugar destined for retail distribution. The company is moving to diversity its revenue stream and markets away from exports, as the end approaches..
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Rum-Bar in the mix
This year Worthy Park Estate has “Raised the Bar” with its sponsorship of Bacchanal Jamaica Carnival through its flagship brand Rum-Bar, including its line-up of a four-year-old aged, Rum-Bar Gold Rum, Rum-Bar White Overproof Rum, and Rum-Bar Rum Cream.
4 questions asked to
Wednesday 20 September 2017, by gaetan81 | Read 390 times Reference Rhum asked four questions to different personalities of the world of rum, with the sole aim of knowing a little more about these rums which make us dream so much.
Worthy Park Single Estate Reserve
Worthy Park hails from the beautiful island of Jamaica. Most people around the world will be familiar with Jamaican rum and most-likely, the Appleton brand but are less aware of one of Jamaica’s other fine distilleries.
Mon Rhum Live 2018
Alors fatalement, quand tu arrives audit stand, que tu checkes les produits présents et que tu te diriges directement vers l’overproof, ben ça surprend l’exposant, surtout quand il se rend compte que tu apprécies.
Rum-Bar eyes rum cream, exports this year
Worthy Park Estate, owners of Rum-Bar rum, plans to launch its own rum cream and export branded product to Europe this year. The company is also set to more than double its sales in 2011 as the brand targets 25 per cent of the local market by 2013, according to distillery manager Gordon Clarke.
Worthy Park Video
Inside Worthy Park Estate
We finally made it to Worthy Park where we were greeted by Gordon Clarke, Director & Distillery Manager. He welcomed us to his office and we all gathered around a conference table and listened as he told us about the Estate’s interesting history.
In Search of Worthy Park
As we all loaded onto the Rum Bus and looked at our map of Jamaica, we knew that our commute would be bumpy, hot, long, excruciating. and totally worth it. Our destination was Worthy Park Estate, makers of Rum-Bar Rum, Rum-Bar Gold and Rum-Bar Rum Cream.
Rum Journey 2015 Day
Lasciamo Kingston in direzione di St. Catherine a Ewarton dove Gordon Clarke, direttore della distilleria, ci attende nel primo pomeriggio per la nostra visita a Worthy Park. Appena usciti dalla capitale ed attraversato il frenetico quartiere di Spanish Town iniziamo ad assaporare la vera Jamaica.
Worthy Park: A Jamaican Rum Distillery for the 21st Century
Martin Cate is about to be crushed by sugar cane. For someone so passionate about rum, it would be an entirely fitting way to check out. Luckily, Gordon Clarke, Worthy Park’s Co-Managing Director, is watching out for our group, obliviously snapping photos, and yells for us to move out of the way.
Two Sisters and a Rum Bar!
British poet Lord Byron, born circa 1788, during the height of West Indian sugar and rum production, certainly knew what he was talking about, which is not particularly surprising considering the role of the British in the region’s history as sugar- and rum-producing societies. Rum was first developed in the Caribbean at the height of slavery in the 17th century when it was discovered that by fermenting..
Top 3 Rum Releases 2017
2017 was a banner year for rums, following on from an equally impressive 2016. More new distilleries opened, some old ones were brought back from the brink
Very Smooth. Worthy Park’s Rum-Bar is immaculately, transparently clear. Sniffing reveals a pleasing, if not-quite delicate rum, with an initial bouquet.
Rum-Bar Rum Cream
For whatever reason Rum Creams, so popular in Jamaica for example have failed to penetrate the UK market. I can’t think of single Rum Cream which is readily available in the UK – Rum Chata perhaps.
Rum-Bar White Overproof
Rum-Bar Rum is a brand which is part of the Rum-Bar Brand family.
They have two types of rum; Overproof and Gold, plus a Rum Cream Liqueur and even a Vodka all from the Worthy Park Estate in Jamaica.
Rum-Bar Rums Review from Worthy Park Estate – Jamaican Rums
Hoy vamos a hablar sobre un Ron de Jamaica. Hace unos dos meses tuve la oportunidad de probar los rones de Worthy Park Estate, Rum-Bar Rums durante la feria de Duty Free de Latinoamérica..
Rum-Bar Rum Cream
Rum-Bar Rum Cream from Worthy Park Estate, Jamaica. Until recently only rums and spiced rums have featured for review on the site. With Christmas upon us I figured, we may as well continue the festive theme of the Rumvent Calendar with a liqueur!
Whisky based liqueurs such as Baileys are very popular in the UK, especially in the run up to Christmas. Most Supermarkets discount them and price-wars frequently break out.
Rum-Bar Gold Premium Jamaica Rum
Rum-Bar Gold is a barrel aged Jamaican Rum from the Worthy Park Estate. The Estate has been involved in Sugar Production since 1720.
However, due to events described in this interview, I conducted with Alexander Kong they have been absent from the Rum Market until fairly recently.
Back in 2004/5 they set about building a new state of the art distillery in order to begin producing rum again.
Worthy Park Estate Signature Range
“How the hell has it taken me so long to write something about Worthy Park” is what I asked myself when I looked at the collection of Rums from the distillery that I have on the shelves. Ever present at Rum Festivals globally since around 2015, which is incidentally where I first met Zan Kong and Gordon Clarke.
Worthy Park Single Estate Reserve
Worthy Park Single Estate Reserve. I’ve been waiting quite a while for this one. I’m a big fan of Worthy Park’s Rum-Bar range. Which include a White Overproof, a Gold rum and a very tasty Rum Cream.
Over the past couple of years Independent bottlers have been releasing quite a lot of rums from Worthy Park.
Festival and Awards
The top 10 best value for money rums
The Spirits Business held its annual Rum Masters last month, where an experienced panel of judges uncovered some of the category’s best expressions available on the global market. Looking across multiple categories, from Overproof to Premium, Flavoured to Agricole, with expressions from producers of all scales, the competition saw a number of rum brands awarded medals for their superior quality.
The Rum & Cachaça Masters 2018 results
Rum is coming under greater scrutiny than ever before. As the category takes slow but meaningful steps up the ladder of premiumisation, and as the captivating notions of ‘craft’ and ‘heritage’ seep over from other spirit sectors, consumers and industry stakeholders are paying closer attention to rum – how it’s made, where it’s made, and its quality credentials.
When RUMS comes to Berlin…. The 7th German Rum Festival 2017
Europe is exploding with rum events in the fall and just a week after the rumfest in Athens, it was time for a few others, for example the ShowRUM in Rome, UK Rumfest in London and the German Rumfest in Berlin which is the one I headed to, but unfortunately this year, London and Berlin happened at the same time.
Retour sur le Whisky Live 2017
La grand messe du Whisky Live tenait ses fidèles en haleine depuis des semaines, et c’est fébriles qu’ils se sont rendus ce week-end de fin septembre sur les quais de Seine à Paris. Les grands noms du rhum sont toujours présents à ce bel événement et gardent leurs meilleurs..
Rummy Overload at Tales of the Cocktail 2017
The primary mission of Tales of the Cocktail is education, primarily via sessions and tastings. This year offered an abundance of rum-focused sessions, more than any other spirit; I’ll dive into those in a moment. Between panelists and sponsors of rum-focused events, a flock of rum luminaries descended on New Orleans for the week.
INTERNATIONAL WINE & SPIRIT COMPETITION 2017
Indulgent sweetness with woody sugarcane and a touch of fruitiness, just like a thick rum and raisin ice cream. Deeper, more complex flavours of a traditional rum punch then develop, with notes of spice and pimento dram, before a light, fruity finish.
International Spirits Challenge 2017
The International Spirits Challenge is the most authoritative, respected and influential spirits competition in the world.
OVERVIEW of 2017 COMPETITION
The 2017 San Francisco World Spirits Competition was held at the Hotel Nikko, San Francisco from April 20th through April 23rd. The 2017 Competition was another record-breaking year that featured 2,253 spirit entries from all corners of the world. The San Francisco World Spirits Competition is pleased to announce the results from the 2017 Competition and we congratulate all medal winners.
Rhum Fest Awards 2017: The Winners!
This year there were 311 expressions in various categories. For the categories, the first grouping is made in relation to the raw material (Pure Juice or Molasses, Miel de Canne…), then production grouping (blanc, gold, élevé Sous-Bois, ambré, paille). Then further grouped by age as appropriate. This year, the organizers felt it important to consider the sugar content and have further sub-grouped the rums.
This year Rum Bahamas is thrilled to host diverse & unique rums from all over the Caribbean. Whether you are a seasoned rum connoisseur, a cultured consumer, or a social sipper, Rum Bahamas has an offering for your palate.
Competitions-Observe the excitement of an International RUM Competition. With the the of “Boutique Rums of the Bahamas..
The Caribbean Alcohol Beverage Tasting Competition was held last week during the second annual Rum & Beer Festival in Barbados.
Gold – El Dorado White – Demerara Distillers
Silver – Mount Gay Silver – Mount Gay Distillers
Bronze – Clarkes Court White – Grenada Distillers
The 8 Best Rums You Need to Try Right Now
In the summer months—when the heat is particularly searing—I temporarily cheat on my single malts in favor of sweeter ambers. And while the Philippines’ Don Papa is my rum du mois, I love hearing about other bottles I haven’t yet tried. And who better to talk to than Jamaica Inn’s Rajay Mclean?
The Rum Masters 2016 results
Although fit to burst with flavour and flair, rum is often positioned as the underdog of the brown spirits categories. As our Rum Masters 2016 revealed, now more than ever there’s an expression to entice every palate. Year on year, The Rum Masters competition continues to grow markedly in terms of both entry numbers and diversity. Last year, judges assessed 15 award-winning flights; this year there were 21, with the arrival of Aged with the arrival of Aged Rhum Agricole..
Top 10 best value for money rums 2016
Worthy Park Estate in Jamaica, Master winner Rum Bar Cream is a mixture of 100% real cream, Rum Bar Rum White Overproof and “secret ingredients”. The expression launched in 2011, and was a firm favourite with select judges, who described it as “rich and full-bodied, with good flavours of rum”.
Best Gold Rum: Rum-Bar Gold Rum
It’s nice to see a Jamaican rum on this list, thanks to the efforts of the island’s Worthy Park Estate Ltd rum plantation. This year’s winner is Rum-Bar Gold rum, a classic gold rum aged for a minimum of four years with a profile marked by fruit, coconut, vanilla, confectioners’ sugar — it’s a terrific mixing rum and sippable, too, on the rocks.
German Rum Awards – Competitor & Winner
Agricole & Rhum Vieux/XO/Special Cask
Gold:HSE XO 43 %
Silver:La Mauny Cuve de Nouveau Monde 41%
Bronze:J.M XO 45 %
The Liqueur Masters 2016 results
Sugar levels aside, the global liqueurs segment is a broad church, its lack of definition a strength in terms of creativity. But with freedom of production comes lack of quality guarantees, which can lead to questionable output. For a while, some liqueurs have been a case of “approach with caution”.
It is an inherently tricky category to pin down. Some offerings, by merit of innovation or brand equity, become bartender favourites found in haute cocktail establishments the world over.
Worthy Park Estate Scores Gold Medals in China
While Jamaican athletes were winning gold medals in Beijing, China, local rum distiller, Worthy Park Estate, was showcasing the depth of Jamaican rum, bringing home medals of their own at the annual China Wine and Spirits Awards (CWSA) competition. Worthy Park Estate entered three products – Rum-Bar White Overproof Rum, Rum-Bar Gold Premium Aged Rum and Rum-Bar Rum Cream
Worthy Park’s Rum-Bar Brands Rack Up More International Medals
After A successful participation at the United Kingdom Rum Fest in October 2015, Worthy Park continues to receive international recognition for their quality rums.Going head-to-head against competitors from top rum-producing countries worldwide, Worthy Park has had a positive start to the year.
London Rum Experience Week and RumFest Shenanigans
Given the huge amount of Rum based events going on in the lead up to this years UK RumFest, there is a high likelihood that if this performance is repeated next year we may have to take a short-term rental in South West London! We thought that by making the trip on Thursday morning clutching our Rum University and RumFest tickets that we would be experiencing a lot……
Rum Experience Week 2015 Roundup
Last week saw London’s first ever week dedicated to my favourite spirit, rum (and it’s about time too). Gin, whisky, and vodka all have a mainstream following but for some unknown reason, rum has been relegated to the occasional mojito or lethal naval strength grog on a boozy night out in Tiger Tiger. The week was dedicated to raising the profile of the sugar based spirit and was typified by Tiki…
Win Rumfest Tickets & 6 Bottles Oc Rum
The countdown begins for the ninth edition of the world’s premier rum festival taking place in conjunction with the first ever Rum Experience Week. You heard right…an entire week made up of tastings at The Shard, dinners in restaurants, parties on a boat and in an old rum store underneath the Thames…then the grand finale, RumFest. Oooof!
Win 12 Bottles of Rum
There are some big rum tings coming up; Rum Experience Week (12th – 18th), Boutique RumFest (Friday 16th) and RumFest (17th – 18th) are just around the corner so we’ve pulled together some great rums from all corners of the planet and are giving away the whole lot to one single winner.
Worthy Park Bulk Rum
The Duppy Share: A Bold New Premium Caribbean Rum
One of the rums that captivated my attention at Rumfest 2014 was a new entry: The Duppy Share. Launched this past July, The Duppy Share is an artful combination of three year old, 100% pot still Jamaican rum from the beautiful Worthy Park Estate and the warm, buttery finish of five year old rum from the famed Foursquare Distillery in Barbados.
The Duppy Share Rum
The brand takes its name from the spirits of Caribbean folklore known as duppies. It’s an evocative name, adding some romance to the world of rum and creates a harmless back plot for what effectively a good, honest and tasty rum blended from aged distillates sourced from two different Caribbean islands.
The Duppy Share Caribbean Rum
The Duppies are Caribbean spirits who steal Caribbean rum hopping from island to island, keeping the best for themselves.
The Duppy Share is named after this fairy story (or the story was made for the rum I’m not sure). It’s a twist on the Angel’s Share tale. I was initially pretty disinterested in trying this rum which was released just last year.
Rum Nation Jamaica 8 Year
Given the huge amount of Rum based events going on in the lead up to this years UK RumFest, there is a high likelihood that if this performance is repeated next year we may have to take a short-term rental in South West London!
Habitation Velier Forsyths WP 502
Another releaseHabitation Velier WP 502 Forsyths White Rum Review by the fat rum pirate Worthy Park from Habitation Velier. This time we are seeing Velier partnering up with Worthy Park Estate in Jamaica for this release.
First up I will help with the title for this rum. Fortunately as well as providing us with a rather confusing and slightly obscure title,
Product Launch – Bacardi’s Single Cane Estate rums
The premium-aged rums come from “exceptional” sugar cane estates across the Americas and are initially available in Heinemann airport stores in Frankfurt, Hamburg, Berlin, Vienna, Oslo, Copenhagen, Istanbul and Riga, Bacardi said. The range kicks off with two rums: Worthy Park Estate from Jamaica and Consuelo Estate from the Dominican Republic.
Bacardi Introduce SINGLE CANE ESTATE RUMS
Bacardi have been in the drinks industry news quite a lot of late. The sad news of a large number of lay-off’s due to restructuring. The decline in white rum sales meaning Drinks International ran the article “King of rum Bacardi falls to (Indian Rum) McDowell’s” (BTW I’m not yet totally convinced we are comparing apples and oranges as far as definitions of rum are concerned).
Bacardi introduces new Single Cane Estate rums
Bermuda’s spirits firm Bacardi has introduced a new range of Single Cane Estate rums with two varieties. The new variants include Worthy Park Estate and Consuelo Estate that are prepared using ingredients sourced from sugarcane estates across the Americas. Worthy Park Estate is a small-batch amber rum from Jamaica while Consuelo Estate is a golden rum from Dominican Republic.
Bacardi and Gebr Heinemann launch Single Cane Estate rums
At Copenhagen and Frankfurt airports brand ambassadors are introducing shoppers to the collection’s initial two variants, Worthy Park Estate from Jamaica and Consuelo Estate from Dominican Republic. Customers are invited to open Kilner – style jars of Caribbean spices containing the key tasting notes and aromas of each of the rums – including
Bacardi and Heinemann partner for single estate rum experience
The premium, aged rums from estates across the Americas are available only at Heinemann locations. Each rum is crafted at its source in small batches for a unique expression designed to represent the character of its home. The collection’s initial two variants are sourced from Worthy Park Estate in Jamaica and Consuelo Estate in Dominican Republic.
Bacardi builds a super premium brand using Worthy Park Estate rum
Global rum giant Bacardi has recently launched a distinctive collection of premium aged rums known as Single Cane Estate Rums. There are two rums in this collection, and each is crafted entirely at a single source, in small batches, with each expression being unique and fully capturing the distinctive characteristics of its home.