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Easily consumable in a bind
Well, this is my last Hampden. I have given this distillery a fair try. While I appreciate that it is not sweet and is distilled with care, the flavor is terrible. Very harsh and unbalanced. Not a sipper. Just a glass of unsavory contrived funk. Tried to mix it and that spoiled banana rot carries through. No complexity, no smoothness and no balance. Too much bite and rotten bananas. And this is NOT cheap. Never again Hampden.
Jamaican traditional style rum with a lot of esters. But if you let it breathe for a while... It's really smooth with a nice aftertaste. Great base for homemade pinnapple rum.
5his was released when Hampden was trying to rebuild the distillery image alongside the rum fire ...as a rum on its own its delicious young funk rum but is a poor representative of this distillery.
Notes of oak , chocolate and funk
Probably the only Hampden rum u wouldn't buy again.
If you are big fan of Jamaican pot still - you can try to sip this, the middle of the taste profile is smooth enough, but the nose is maybe too overpowering and the aftertaste is too strong as the alcohol is young. This is primarily a decent Jamaican mixer, full of esters, nose of ripe bananas and apples, taste matches nose with pretty straightforward and uncomplicated fruity tones, mainly bananas, with a short and biting finish. The bananas nicely stick out in rum and coke.
First impressions; a case of rotting oranges stored in between a burning tyre-factory and a leaking petrochemical plant. After 10 minutes that is all cooled down to a light and very fruity scent with oranges and pineapple, apples and a hint of banana. Hardly any vanilla or oak (well, it is young) but with some molasses.
On the palate prune becomes dominant, it really tastes a lot like one of my favourite Slivovices. It all goes down very pleasantly, almost sweet (which it is not actually) with an unexpected smoothness after all the initial scents. More funky than Appleton Estate's signature blend but at the same time much more easy going. Halfway between a shot and a sipper with addictive qualities, though I guess this is a bit of a love or hate rum.
Should have gotten a 7,5 and as I think an 8 is a tad too much, I will give it a 7.
Good, but it didn’t become my favorite. You have to leave it a lot in the glass and after that its aromas will open, but unfortunately it is a bit thin and harsh to my taste. I can recommend it for cocktails and long drinks.
Thought it is probably not intended to be a sipping rum it is very drinkable and shows the usual flavours of the Hampden distillery, in a lighter style than usual of course. No doubt it will be an interesting mixer but if it is a good occasion to try the Jamaican style by the way.
Ni la botella ni el color son prometedores.
En nariz la intensidad de fruta y barniz son remarcables.
En boca muy simple, nada especial. Básicamente con muy poco sabor y gracia. Lamentablemente lo que se encuentra en nariz no se encuentra en boca. De la línea Hampden el malo sin lugar a dudas pero también el mas barato. Pero comparando con otras marcas sigue siendo un ron mas que decente.
Rum tasting in the Finnish wilderness with my good old friend continued with Hampden Estate Gold. Rather nice bottle and label design. Light golden color. Glue and rubber hits you straight in the face. Nasty burn with these Jamaican rums.
Rich and fruity like black bananas with a little treacle and pungent funky notes of Pineapple, apple and molasses.
"It is a fairly young rum and it is quite rough and ready."
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