SMWS R11.5 Flaming Rum Bananas

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

What I CAN let you know is that they’ve been producing some glorious Rum for the reason that distillery was re-opened in 2005 and on the current UK Rumfest in London, I received to strive a few new underneath the counter bottles. 

The primary was a 17 12 months previous Rum. This might’ve been from one in every of 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 part 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 undecided that I’ve the proper superlatives to explain this. It’s each wildly expressive and vibrant while additionally being a completely enormous Rum. I’m instructed by people who have visited Worthy Park that smelling it within the glass captures the very essence of strolling across the distillery. Someday. I can solely hope. 

I’m very hopeful that each will see a launch in some unspecified time in the future. 

Anyhow…….onto the bottle in query. 

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

Distilled on Might 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 recommend that this can be 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 a bit. Buttery vanilla slices. Coconut mochi. A little bit trace of the vegetal pings in after which swiftly disappears. We get among the acquainted and “basic” Worthy Park profile. Lovely black breakfast tea. Bananas aplenty. Overripe and baked right into a banana bread…..a brown sugar sprinkling on prime and possibly some baked in chocolate chips. Dried banana chips coated in milk chocolate. A contact of barrel spice. Not as forthcoming as lots of the distillery bottling’s that I’ve tried. 

Mouth: Now we’re speaking. THIS is what I hoped to seek out extra of on the nostril. It truly is in full on basic 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 absolutely 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 sincere. The nostril can be a stable 2/5 however the expressiveness of the palate and its basic nature when given time actually lifts the expertise. It’s less than the usual of among the distillery bottling’s, and even among the different impartial bottling’s akin to from the Thompson Brother’s, although that one specifically carries extra age. Not a basic. It doesn’t give absolutely 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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