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Although not my favourite, this is real quality stuff. Unsweetened, uncoloured, single pot-stilled rum. All ingredients declared, the standard Luca Gargano and Richard Seale are trying to get the industry to aspire to.
Great chunky bottle, neat lable, but plastic stopper.
Nose very funky, in keeping with the esters declared on the label. Gluey, acetone entry, fading into dried bananas.
In the mouth it's a beast, punching above its 46%. Alcohol and other volatiles kick your palate, there is a long spiritey finish, but a shortage of dried fruit and wood.
Bone dry, sweetness 1/5.
In the throat there is a burn that goes up your nose and follows down into your gullet.
This is not a subtle rum. It'll make you sit up and take notice of what is the craft of double retort pot stills. The complete opposite of Zacapa / El Dorado / Diplomatico.
I'm not sure whether I'd buy it again, but I loved the experience of unusual, but serious quality.
Tastes sort of like a blend between agricole (grassy tones) and whisky. It has quite a bite as well, at least it does not have weird chemical flavor.
Rum squisito come pochi altri. Giamaicano allo stato puro, una perla per pochi, fortunatamente non per tutti.
To all reviewers that gave this rum less than a 6, please give it a try and let it rest in your glass. If you do drink it right after you have poured it your nose will be overwhelmed by all those esters and you'll only experience solvent, and that is why I think you rate low this rum, and it is also the reason I couldn't rate this more than 8. If you do wait though you'll experience a true Jamaican rum, no sugar at all, nothing added, rum as it was made centuries ago. You can smell a lot of flowers and molasses, in your mouth you have a kick because of the 46 abv, it may be a little rough, not a smooth one, but this is not the rum you want to drink if you want to chill, this is the bottle you grab when you want something different, something stronger that kicks your senses. Long and persistent finish of molasses. A must try, just remember to take your time.
it's got a nice nose, something sweet and earthy like brown sugar sweet potatoes. but not cloying. some nice barrel and molasses spice too. it's just the right amount of sweet on the tongue, is very smooth (almost wish it were maybe a little higher proof) but still has a nice tingle on the tongue. finishes nice too. pleasant lingering after taste. i would buy this bottle for home or for a friend who is a rum connoisseur to try something new. this bottle makes me want to try the overproof variation to get some of that burn this lacks.
I got the opportunity to attend a rum tasting with Daniele Biondi from Velier were we tasted 9 different rums. This was the second rum of the night, that we tasted side-by-side with its overproof brother. While not overly funky, this was still a rum, that gave a taste of what Jamaica can.
Nose: Banana, pineapple, oak and some mineral notes combined with toasted nuts
Taste: Pineapple, spices, tar, citrus zest and a mineral aftertaste that lingers for some time
Overall: While this is not a big "funk"-bomb it still have some clear notes of Jamaica. It is a great rum for all, but could especially be the next stepping stone for people getting into Jamaican rum after starting out with something like Appleton 12.
Un rhum d'excellente qualité, dont l'étiquette joue la transparence totale...
Les rhums jamaïcains ne laissent en général pas indifférents, surtout les "high esters" dont celui-ci fait partie: soit on adore, soit on déteste. Personnellement, j'adhère!!!
Au nez, on retrouve des notes phénoliques très marquées (limite une odeur de vernis!) ainsi que des fruits exotiques (très) mûrs (provenant du fameux dunder utilisé pour booster la fermentation probablement).
En bouche c'est corsé : les notes décelées au nez se confirment et explosent au palais!
La finale est assez longue, les arômes restent bien en bouche...
Un rhum jamaïcain typique et de qualité , mais pas forcément accessible à tout le monde...
Les débutants ou amateurs de rhums plus doux risquent d'être rebutés par les saveurs puissantes et surprenantes de cette bouteille.
Pour découvrir l'univers des rhums jamaïcains, mieux vaut peut être commencer par un Appleton estate 12 ans par exemple, dans lequel on retrouve aussi les saveurs si typiques à ce terroir, mais qui se montre beaucoup plus accessible et facile à boire!
Frän sträv i smaken och en eftersmak av whiskey. Inte alls i min smak
I finally ran across a bottle of Hampden in one of my favorite liquor stores today. I did not read all of the fine print on the bottle until I got home. All I can say after reading it is that if this is what Jamaican rums tasted like in the 1800's, then I am sure glad that some master blenders have figured out a way to greatly improve on the flavors.
The nose reminded me of many of the Plantation rums, but then the taste was all burn and chemicals hiding any tropical flavors. At 92 proof and being a pot still rum, I compared this one to my Smith & Cross pot still rum at 114 proof. No comparison! The Smith & Cross has lots of tropical flavors with an even less noticeable burn. As an added bonus, Smith & Cross is slightly more than half of what I paid for this one. I don't dare use this Hampden for Mai Tai's. Honestly, I will probably use it after I have sipped on too many of my fine rums and don't want to waste any more of them with a foggy judgement. Adding an ice cube to the snifter of this did not even help. This one was also not cheap at $50.
Later that same night, I drank about four ounces on the rocks to help me get through watching a miserable football game. It was not a pleasant experience at all, but the next day showed absolutely no bad effects at all. Thank this part for the no additives. So, if all you want is a nasty tasting buzz with no penalty afterwards, then spend a nice chunk of change on this one. I would rather suffer a bit the next day after drinking a really tasty rum.
Update: After a half bottle is finally gone, I can only conclude that this rum was made for getting shit faced with absolutely no penalty the next day. I thank Luca for showing us all how awful pirate rums really tasted a few hundred years ago.
So why did I give it a high rating of 5 if I hate it? There are many more rums that taste a lot worse than this one, which it is at least bearable, but not worth the price.
notes of banana, mango, coconut, passion fruit, peach, caramel, chocolate, a little agave, and pepper.
On the nose, it has strong oak, toast, pineapple and fried banana. Very unmistakably Jamaican.
The palate hits you with grassier notes very unexpected for me at least. Without being an expert I’d say it must have had cane juice or some cane residues in the mash, giving associations to grassy rhum agricole. Banana, pineapple, coconut, eather and tobacco take over, however.
The aftertaste is also “interrupted” with notes of grass and oak, but soon overtaken with caramel, vanilla and fried banana. A bit short for a full score but a very, very good product.
All in all, this is not for everyone. A touch of added sweetness is taboo with Velier, which probably leave some people unconvinced about the qualities of this rum. That is sad, because in my view you can always add a few drops of water or even Demerara syrup if it is required in order to enjoy a dry rum, but you can’t take it back once it’s there.
This rum surprised me when I tried it the first time. Tons of banana flambee, overripe pineapple, coconut, persimmon even, hints of rubber and petrol fumes on the nose. Interesting combination, and I suppose not for everyone.
Bit of a burn and drying on the palate, with some grassy notes on the finish.
Wild rum with many different tastes. Strond and dry, mostly for more experienced drinkers looking for something different.
Dark amber color in the glass. A scent of ripe fruits and fresh spices. Taste ripe fruits, banana, pineapple, cocus, but also nuts, leather and leaves. A very good rum
Typical jamaican style with petrol and exotic fruits like pineapple and banana. Creamy body with strong finish.
Definitly a must have for a pirat !
First sip, creamy with a bit of sweetness which disappears quickly. Rich and oily. Rubber, diesel, old leather, tobacco, a plethora of sage, baking spices(less cinnamon more clove)citrus, but more lemon, mango. Mint, and menthol at the finish. Not for everyone, but really enjoyable! 7.5 to 8.
Lots of very strange notes like nail polish remover, paint solvent and paint stripper, also rubbery, but then again quite rich on tropical fruits. The "funky" notes are quite overpowering though and they steer away too much from what I find attractive in a rum.
Foul. Soap suds and rotten lavender. Don’t even know if there was any burn because all I could taste was soap.
Might as well be whiskey.
Enjoyed 2 glasses of Hampden Estate Pure Single Jamaican 8y old Rum while in London. Pretty decent bottle and label design, unique for sure. Light amber color indicating very little added ingredients. Jamaican funkiness hits you right in the face with plenty of rubber and glue mixed with floral notes and grass. Quite a strong burn at the end.
Chemical smell, sweet rich and fruity taste. Strong finish
I didn’t know this rum. A big surprise. Very particular to the nose, with an unusual smell of burnt, fabulous to the taste, every sip a different taste, delicate and that leaves an excellent aftertaste on the palate