The Barrel Sample: Mezan Jamaica 2006 – Single Cask

I have a sample here of a single cask released by Mezan. The rum itself is sourced from Jamaica, and while it doesn’t state the distillery, their website say it’s located in Valle Lluidas – which means it comes from Worthy Park. Mezan are an UK independent bottler that source rum from other producers and bottle it without any additives.

Molasses based, pot still distilled in 2006 and aged for 3 years in Jamaica and 12 years in the UK in an ex-Bourbon casks for a total of 16 years. Bottled at 57.6% ABV without any adulteration.

On the nose there’s that lovely Worthy Park fruitiness. Overripe bananas, passion fruit, blackberries and plums. Dusted old books, black tea and nail varnish. I really enjoy the aroma, Worthy Park sometimes reminds me of Guyanese wooden still distillates. Liquorice, muscovado sugar, peppermint and treacle. Burnt wood, maple syrup and black cherry jam. Some cloves and black pepper as well.

On the palate it’s quite intense. Moth balls, peppermint, After Eights, Earl Grey tea, green apples and overripe bananas. Black cherries, peaches, unripe plums and nail varnish. Very fruity with a sharp layer to balance it. Blueberries, lime zest and liquorice. Ginger, black pepper and some smokiness as well. The finish is long with peppermint, tropical fruits and oak spices.

What a great rum, this is fruity, spicy and intense while maintaining a great balance – I have to say I love Worthy Park!

This is priced at £135 (The Whisky Exchange) which isn’t too bad considering this is a 16 year old cask strength rum from Worthy Park.

Mezan Jamaica 2006 – Single Cask score:
Flavour/taste: 59/70
Value for money: 14/15
Transparency/purity: 15/15
Overall: 88/100


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