Spirit Of The Year Spirit Of The Year

Worthy Park Single Estate Reserve

We've spoken to some of the finest brains in the business to help choose The Whisky Exchange Spirit of the Year, including bartenders, writers and drinks experts. With their help, we drew up a shortlist of eight bottles: the best spirits we have tried over the past 12 months.

As ever it was a tough contest, but after much discussion we decided on a very worthy winner: Worthy Park Single Estate Reserve.

The first premium rum to be released under the distillery’s own name, this is a vibrant and fruity rum with notes of ripe banana, mango, olives and toffee.

Worthy Park Single Estate Reserve

Worthy Park Single Estate Reserve

Worthy Park Single Estate Reserve

70cl / 45%

£49.95

£44.95

£64.21 per litre

Bursting with notes of ripe banana, mango, olives and toffee, this rum really highlights why we're lucky that Worthy Park is distilling again. It's the first official premium rum to be released by the Jamaican estate – although rum connoisseurs have previously been able to enjoy Worthy Park through independent bottlings such as Kill Devil. The family-run Worthy Park Estate was established in 1670, and started producing rum as early as 1741. Although it was a highly successful distillery, the glut of Jamaican rum after WW2 meant that it ceased production in the 1960s. It was completely rebuilt in 2004 and now seems destined to regain its place as one of the great distilleries.

Tasting Notes By Dawn Davies MW

    • Nose

      On the nose you’ll find café au lait, prunes, almonds, dried fruits and a touch of green banana.

    • Palate

      The palate is all about buttered popcorn, rich tropical fruits, and a sprinkle of vanilla with a long intense nutty finish.

    • Comment

      This is a rum that has increased in quality year on year, and Worthy Park is now one of the top-quality distillers in the Caribbean. Not only are they distillers but also sugar producers, and therefore they have control over the product all the way through production. This Single Traditional Pot Still rum shows exactly what this estate can do in terms of quality – a rum for sitting back, pouring a dram and rewarding yourself after a hard day’s work!

About Worthy Park

The family-run Worthy Park Estate was established in 1670, and started producing rum as early as 1741. Although it was a highly successful distillery, the glut of Jamaican rum after WW2 meant that it ceased production in the 1960s.

It was completely rebuilt in 2004, by the Clarke family who have owned it since 1918, and brought its flagship Rum-Bar Rum to market in 2007. Every step of rum production is handled in house, from sugar cane cultivation on more than 4,000 acres of land, to processing the molasses and piping them over a kilometre to be distilled. Worthy Park focusses on traditional Jamaican pot still rums and its popularity is growing day by day.

The Shortlist

Buy All Three! Of The Year 2020 Winners Collection

215cl / 31.4%

£146.85

£133

£61.86 per litre

Try all three winners and see why they are our favourites of the year. Whisky from a traditional Speyside distillery, rum from a producer that's just now stepping into the limelight, and Champagne from the 'king of Pinot Noir' – three very different and exciting bottles.

Previous Winners