SMWS R11.5 Flaming Rum Bananas

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Again into it with my first go to to a SMWS bottling from Jamaica. This one is from Worthy Park……the title might nearly be a giveaway. There actually isn’t an excessive amount of that I can inform you about Worthy Park that I’ve not lined elsewhere. So somewhat click on right here……or right here would possibly help. 

What I CAN inform you is that they’ve been producing some wonderful Rum because the distillery was re-opened in 2005 and on the latest UK Rumfest in London, I received to attempt a few new beneath the counter bottles. 

The primary was a 17 yr outdated Rum. This is able to’ve been from one in all their early 2005 distillations on that beautiful large Forsyths double retort. It was the WPL marque and was bottled at 54.72%. It actually was every thing that you simply’d need it to be. 

The second was unaged cane juice distillate. The marque was WPE-CJN and it was bottled at 50.29%. I’m unsure that I’ve the proper superlatives to explain this. It’s each wildly expressive and vibrant while additionally being a fully big Rum. I’m informed by those who have visited Worthy Park that smelling it within the glass captures the very essence of strolling across the distillery. Sooner or later. I can solely hope. 

I’m very hopeful that each will see a launch sooner or later. 

Anyhow…….onto the bottle in query. 

SMWS R11.5 Flaming Rum Bananas – 66.1% – 0 g/l components 

Distilled on Could 1st 2010, this bottling was matured in a refill ex bourbon barrel and bottled at 7 years of age. My assumption is that almost all of that point was spent within the cooler European local weather. An outturn of 273 bottles, this weighs in at a hefty 66.1%. I’d additionally counsel that it is a WPL marque. Now I normally take the naming conference with a pinch of salt…….however Worthy Park does equate to Bananas in my thoughts. 

Tasting Notes 

Nostril: A little bit uptight initially from the pour. This one wants an honest chunk of time to open up somewhat. Buttery vanilla slices. Coconut mochi. A little bit trace of the vegetal pings in after which swiftly disappears. We get a number of the acquainted and “traditional” Worthy Park profile. Stunning black breakfast tea. Bananas aplenty. Overripe and baked right into a banana bread…..a brown sugar sprinkling on high and perhaps some baked in chocolate chips. Dried banana chips lined in milk chocolate. A contact of barrel spice. Not as forthcoming as a number of the distillery bottling’s that I’ve tried. 

Mouth: Now we’re speaking. THIS is what I hoped to search out extra of on the nostril. It truly is in full on traditional Worthy Park assault. Remarkably drinkable given the 66 levels of alcohol that it’s packing however my phrase it’s silky, all encompassing and it totally envelopes your tongue. Banana. Banana. Banana. Virtually Tempus Fugit Creme de Banane with its chocolate and banana bread. This carries good depth. Bannofee pie with with ginger biscuit base. Chocolate coated banana and coconut chips. Spice bun. Candy milky tea. A touch of Maltesers. The mid palate ushers in spicy black and Szechuan peppercorns. Mace. Cinnamon. Aromatic allspice. Recent ginger root. A lot borrowed from the barrel. The end is a full presentation of what preceded it with maybe the addition of a slice of spice bun drizzled with molasses. That banana stays ever current although.

In conclusion: A little bit disjointed from nostril to palate if I’m being trustworthy. The nostril could be a stable 2/5 however the expressiveness of the palate and its traditional nature when given time actually lifts the expertise. It’s less than the usual of a number of the distillery bottling’s, and even a number of the different unbiased bottling’s akin to from the Thompson Brother’s, although that one particularly carries extra age. Not a traditional. It doesn’t give totally to what we all know that Worthy Park can provide, it feels too restrained on the nostril. It stays fairly stable although.

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