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Worthy Park’s Rum-Bar Brands Rack Up More International Medals

Published:Thursday | April 7, 2016 | 4:00 AM
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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.

THE CONTESTS

In February, The Spirits Business magazine hosted its annual Global Rum Master's Tasting Competition. Wining awards for both their Rum-Bar Rum Cream (silver medal) and Rum-Bar Rum (masters medal) in 2015, Worthy Park was eager to enter their brands again in 2016. Year-over-year, not only does the quantity of entries expand, but the diversity of the entries grows and a new but experienced panel of judges is selected - this means impressing a new set of judges each year.

The company's flagship brand, Rum-Bar Rum, had its White Overproof entry win a silver medal in the Overproof Category, and was praised by judge and rum expert Roger Barnes of Spirits Elite, who said, "If you enter this category, you're fighting against a monster." He went on to add, "But the rum we tried today was also a fantastic overproof."

The final category that was judged was the Rum Liqueurs. Having won both a double gold and Trophy Medal at last year's China Wine and Spirit Awards, expectations were high for the rum-cream which was awarded the final masters medal of the competition.

BIGGERPRIZE

The UK was not the only country hosting a tasting competition in February. In Germany, the Berlin International Spirits Competition was held and Rum-Bar Rum was able to win a silver medal. An even bigger prize was awarded to Worthy Park as the trade-only judges in the contest awarded Worthy Park Estate the Jamaican Distillery of the Year award.

While all is in agreement that rum can trace it's roots back to the Caribbean, the title of the real 'Home of Rum' is highly debated among rum producers throughout the region. For example, Barbados has long been called the 'Birthplace of Rum.' and Puerto Rico claims '450 Years of Party'. But Jamaica has also laid stake to the claim of the true 'Home of Rum'.

Traditional Jamaican rum is produced using a pot-still, known worldwide for producing full-bodied and heavy-flavoured rums. In a nod to tradition and authenticity, Worthy Park distils all of their rum in 100 per cent copper pot stills; a truly Jamaica rum that is 100 per cent Jamaican-owned and operated.

Worthy Park has thousands of barrels of rum, some as old as 11 years, so you can expect an even more premium product to be launched in 2016.

Worthy Park is gaining momentum and winning more awards on the international scene. They are quickly becoming known for quality Jamaican rum and are showing all signs of emerging as an easily identifiable brand synonymous with 'Jamaican Rum'.

The Worthy Park Estate is located in St Catherine, Jamaica. They are a fully vertically integrated sugar plantation and distillery with all aging, blending and bottling on the estate. This means that they handle the product from field to glass, which is truly unique.