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Rolling Fork Spirits is an independent blender and bottler of rums sourced from distilleries around the world. Established in 2016 to address a lack of high-end rums on American shelves, co-founders Jordan Morris, an attorney and whiskey writer born and raised in Kentucky, and Turner Wathen, a sales executive with a 200 plus-year family legacy of American whiskey production, deliver adventurous spirits reflecting the history, complexity, and variety of the world’s finest rums married with the traditions of American whiskey. Operating out of the Starlight Distillery in Starlight, Indiana, and named for the old Rolling Fork Distillery established in 1788 by Henry Hudson Wathen, a descendant of Turner’s, Rolling Fork Spirits crafts rums and spirit blends for rum and whiskey lovers alike.
Unlike many independent bottlers, Rolling Fork imports well-aged rum which they then continue aging in uninsulated whiskey rickhouses to achieve elevated expressions. All secondary maturation by Rolling Fork takes place in Indiana on the Knobstone Escarpment, a limestone bluff 900 feet above sea level which overlooks the Ohio River Valley. While only 20 miles north of Louisville, Kentucky, and therefore experiencing a comparable climate during the day, the escarpment’s elevation and proximity to the river result in rapid temperature and barometric pressure fluctuations. These conditions, in turn, affect pressure within the barrel, creating dynamic interaction with the wood and defining Rolling Fork’s maturation style.
With nearly two dozen cask types of varied toast and char levels—from all manner of American whiskey to sherry to port wine—Rolling Fork influences already beautifully defined spirits by choosing finishing barrels that complement the character of each rum. When the rums are fully realized, they are bottled at cask strength without additives or chill filtration.
Jordan and Turner honor the fine traditions of American whiskey making through the blending and finishing of rums that meet American whiskey standards and live up to the Wathen family motto of “No Finer Spirits.”
Cask No: WPL07-224136
- Pot distilled from molasses by an undisclosed distillery in Jamaica
- Distilled December 2007
- WPL marque, ester levels between 60–119 gr/hL AA (grams per hectoliter of absolute alcohol)
- Aged in ex-bourbon barrels 14 years; 3 years tropical aging in Jamaica, 11 years continental aging in Liverpool, UK; further matured 6 months by Rolling Fork in Starlight, IN
- No additives or coloring
Brand Tasting Notes: On the nose, butterscotch, warm banana bread, and cinnamon with a hint of limestone minerality; the palate is fruity and vivacious with papaya, charred pineapple, and plantain before delivering a big hit of clove on the finish along with mint and tobacco.
Holly’s Tasting Notes: Metallic lemon/lime cream. Lime creamsicle. Tropical insanity on the palate! Buttered croissants and more minerality. There is this river stone, river pebble quality to this for those wine folks out there. A really interesting and fun whisky. I paired this with some papaya and it was fantastic.
- Bottle Size750
- RegionNew World
- Year Bottled2022
- Country of OriginJamaica
- Cask StrengthYes
- BottlerRolling Fork