Brand: Transcontinental Rum Line
Origin: Worthy Park, Lluidas Vale, Saint Catherine Parish, Jamaica
Age: 5 years
Today, we're taking a look at one of the first Transcontinental Rum Line bottles I had the chance to pick up in Memphis. TCRL Jamaica WP 2013 hit shelves at the same time as Australia 2013, Panama 2011, and Barbados 2015, rounding out a fleet of great IB rums.
Jamaica WP 2013 was originally produced at Worthy Park in Lluidas Vale, St. Catherine, Jamaica, using one of their double retort copper pot stills. It spent 3 years aging in an ex-Bourbon cask at origin, before being transported to Europe for an additional 2 years of maturation, equalling 5 years of total aging. It was bottled in France at a strength of 56.8% ABV.
Pure gold, high clarity, high viscosity
Underripe pineapple, banana peel, green grapes, lemon zest, mango
Pineapple, overripe banana, kiwi, mango, lemon zest, vanilla, honey, black tea
Medium-long, warming, funky; vanilla, pineapple, kiwi, turbinado sugar
Jamaica WP 2013 is another hit from both Transcontinental Rum Line and Worthy Park. It's a tad shorter in overall experience than some other Worthy Park expressions I've had, but it doesn't skimp on flavor in the slightest.
Rotting tropical fruits like pineapple, banana, kiwi, and mango bring the funk, while lemon zest leads to more savory and sweet notes like vanilla, honey, and black tea. The color of the juice itself is a beautiful gold, which makes me a tad bit sad that its hidden behind the mostly opaque TCRL bottle.
I've yet to be disappointed with any Worthy Park-produced rum, and this is no exception. While newer expressions have come out, I'd still recommend this WP 2013 bottle as a solid example of Jamaican rum.