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Hampden from 1992 59.8% HLCF
This is my first 92.
Nose: Very sharp high ester smell escapes from the glass. Ripe pineapple, glue, bourbon barrel in the background which reminds of a PM with herbal aromas. Wood chips and some peppery flavors are also present.
Sweet / salty and fruity light overall. Too sharp in the nose, not too much wood influence. Seems to be more of an H than an HLCF.
Taste: Starts with light bourbon aromas and sweet / salty, vanilla, wood chips, grassy PM aromas. Pineapple and glue come up. The rum increases in sharpness, malt and maritime (salty) notes impose themselves. Bitter substances are noticeable. Wood chips with grassy aromas are still in the background.
The finish is again sweet / salty, with pineapple and malt.
Aftertaste: pineapple, malt, wood chips
This is the saltyest Hampden I've ever had. Almost reminiscent of pretzel sticks.
Quite a unique barrel, which I wouldn't necessarily prefer because it lacks balance.
Quite complex, but very strange as a whole.
Overall rating: 86 points
Sweetness: 1.5 / 5
Fruit: 3.5 / 5
Sharpness: 3.5 / 5
PL 300 €: 1/5
Really a soft and round nose. Same character for the mouth. It's easy to taste the fact that it has 24 years in the barrel. Recognizing the classic Hampden nose and taste right away. But this one stands out because of the aging. Nice and dry without taking all mouth watering away. The final is continuously giving character. One of my best runs so far.
Superb golden color, this rum of Jamaica is a pure wonder. Bottled to its natural degree of 59.8 °, it gives off to the nose all the typical aromas of the Jamaica. The varnish is present with very ripe fruits like pineapple with also a smoky side and spices like vanilla. In the mouth, alcohol is present but remains subtle, in harmony with this rum. Mature fruit and vanilla are still present. The finish is extra long and the smoked takes the lead after a long time. The price is heavy (+- 300€) but when you like... ;-)
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