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Now this is some good stuff
Magnificent rum with very powerful vegetal and fruity notes as well as an odor of varnish that takes over but leaves a certain freshness settled. On the palate, the varnish is always present as well as the alcohol but the fruity notes swing well to give a certain homogeneity and softness for a rum with 68.5% volume. This rum must absolutely breathe very long to express fully. A must have.
Funky, heavy Jamaican esters at 68,5% - who could resist this? Leather, tobacco, esters - did I mention esters already? Nail polish on the nose, fruits on the palate. A drop of (cough!!!) Stroh momentarily on the palate. Nevertheless, a proper Jamaican BIG bwoy.
Waw... les mots manquent pour décrire ce rhum. ..de la puissance, du bois brûle, du pétrole, des fruits mûr...une complexité folle sur ce batch cask stengh !
Au nez on est sur la même gamme que la version LMDW à 60% mais en plus puissant. La colle et le solvant sont plus marqués mais adoucis par une fraicheur fruitée.
La bouche est plus onctueuse que la version à 60%, et les saveurs sont plus prononcées du au taux plus important d’esters. L’olive y est dominante et s’installera sur un long final. Le verre vide dégage des odeurs d'épices et de coco.
Très original comme rhum, à essayer absolument.
Caution - not for faint-hearted. Nor sweetened light rons amateurs ^^
Typical Hampden nose = big esters, varnish, glue, ananas, zests, green olive-brine, earth, dry wood...
You'll find that again on the palate with even more olives.
Never ending finish with a more vetegal parts.
Not the most refined nor complex Hampden I know but what a beast ^^
At 67% abv it is not forbidden to add some drops of water, which does not really change the profile but tempers down a little bit the alcohol burn.
Attention - ni pour les âmes sensibles ni pour les amateurs de rons édulcorés.
Nez typique Hampden = grosse concentration d'esters, ananas, zestes, vernis/colle, saumure d'olive verte, minéralité "terreuse", boisé assez sec. En bouche on retrouve tout ça avec encore plus d'olive. Le final persiste longtemps et devient un peu plus végétal.
Ce n'est pas le plus fin ni le plus complexe des Hampden mais qu'est ce qu'il envoie ^^
A 67% il n'est pas déshonorant d'ajouter quelques gouttes d'eau, ça calme l'alcool sans vraiment changer le profil aromatique.
There is no olfactory analysis, however detailed, that can remotely suggest the superb and sumptuous complexity of scents that invade and stun the nose ... there is all the Jama that we have learned to follow in balanced and careful ways in others rum, but now it is sublimated and triggered in just one breath right under our nose.
The palate is even more: the moment of amazement that stops the time between the first sip and the tongue is the dream of every true buccaneer and the insolent and direct arrogance of this Hampden is the unforgettable synthesis of the most sweet kisses, in the unexpected and violent slap of a woman who hates you but wants you with all her organic voluptuousness'.
These few lines of mine do not want to describe aromas, flavors or traces of taste, but only invite you to discover, in the den of over 500 esters and 68 degrees, the ferocity and beauty of an experience that literally takes your breath away.
I am sure that there are few rums better than this, but the best fuck I did not do with a model.
Sorry x my english ... Google translator
Non esiste analisi olfattiva, per quanto dettagliata, che possa lontanamente suggerire la superba e sontuosa complessita' di profumi che invadono e stordiscono il naso....c'e' tutta la Jama che abbiamo imparato a seguire in modi equilibrati ed attenti in altri rum, ma ora e' sublimata ed innescata in un solo respiro proprio sotto il nostro naso.
Il palato e' ancora di piu': l'istante di stupore che ferma il tempo tra il primo sorso e la lingua e' il sogno di ciascun vero bucaniere e la arroganza insolente e diretta di questo Hampden e' la sintesi indimenticabile del piu' dolce dei baci, nello schiaffo inatteso e violento di una donna che ti odia ma ti desidera con tutta la sua organica volutta'.
Queste mie poche righe non vogliono descrivere aromi sentori o tracce gustative, ma solo invitarvi a scoprire, nella tana di oltre 500 esteri e 68 gradi, la ferocia e la bellezza di una esperienza che toglie letteralmente il fiato.
Sono certo che esistano rum migliori di questo, pochi, ma la migliore scopata non l'ho fatta con una modella...
More superglue and varnish, fruit and tree nuts! It's the LROK squared. Ok, maybe that's a bit strong, but the direction we're going to. Full of flavour, a punch in the face but despite the high alcoholic level still sippable. Even sweetness appears although no sugar had been added for sure. Only six years old it behaves like a silverback. Mix it or sip it, it will always show forceful personality! Luckily I ordered three bottles while they still were, well, cheaper. I hope there will be more of this stuff, soon. Waiting for the Habitation Velier Hampden Vintage 2011 LFCH, the latest of the Hampden Trilogy...
Both this and the LROK show what you can do when you turn the esters up to 11.
Pour it, leave it for a while. If it's in the same room it'll come visit.
Take a sip and it's a smorgasbord of fruit and other flavours.
However man cannot live by Funk alone and it is a youngster that lacks years of oak.
It's an occassional sampler rather than a regular friend.
The LROK is slightly more drinkable.
Captivating. Can take a few rounds to get acquainted, as it's shamelessly powerful. The nose is intense and slightly candy like with pronounced citric oils, varnish and softer notes of banana and oak. Just bloody wonderful. The taste is immensely flavourful with the notes from the nose following through even more intensely alongside salty almonds, honey and liquorice. The finish lingers compactly for a good long while. Finger licking good. Love it. Oh and let it breathe a bit.
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