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Recommendable to most
A nice Hampden, not extreamly fruity, but salty and very balanced. I miss more esters and fruits. It's still great, but compared to DOK or C<>H it's not fruity enough.
You can taste the young freshness of this rum, if you dilute it. The aftertaste is the best part.
80€ should be ok for this one, it's a good rum.
After one month the flavors have changed. I got some typical pot still Fiji notes in the nose and in the initial taste. That's pretty cool, I like these flavors.
Nose: pickled tomatoes with pepper, green banana, some pineapple, citrus, vanilla, salt, wood/barrel
Taste initial: pickled tomatoes, salt, sour, citrus
Middle: some banana/pineapple, vanilla
Finish (long): spiiiiice, barrel/earth, salt, some salted mango and pineapple, citrus, sunflower seeds, bitterness
Aftertaste: some green banana, malt/sesame, dentist/peppermint
Value (81€): 3/5
Experience level: expert
Experiment: I mixed my Hampden DOC CDI 2009 44% with Velier 2011 LFCH 60,5% and got a perfect Hampden. I mixed it 2 to 1 and got around 50-52%.
The result is not as fruity as doc anymore but it has more salt and malt/sesame.
It's perfectly drinkable, now you can taste the whole Jamaica in perfect balance.
The tropical fruits, the sweating bodies, the sea and the beaches and the sun. Dude, I love it, this is what rum is.
Its overpowering if you have it neat, I'd recommend some drops of water or an ice cube. I'd also let it rest for a time before sipping...
Thick and oily, but not as fruity and funky as other marques and bottlings. As H. H. Cousins would describe it, it is "stalky", as it doesn't have much ethyl butyrate to fill in the soft fruity pineapple flavor/aroma. Quite warm and even somewhat sweet-like on the palate. Its a pleasure to sip this marque all on its own, as it helps me to understand better how rums are made and blended.
I got the opportunity to attend a rum tasting with Daniele Biondi from Velier where we tasted 9 different rums. This was the fourth rum of the night, that was tasted alongside the "Great House Destillery Edition". This is a rum on the lower end of the ester scale for Hampden, but it is still a rum that is smack full of taste.
Nose: Ripe bananas, nutshells, pistachios, vanilla and some smoke to gather it all together
Taste: Very intense with banana, nuts, ginger, vanilla with a long and intense aftertaste
Overall: This isn´t an ester-bomb, but it is still packed with flavour, which is enhanced by the 60,5 ABV. The Habitation Velier-series is normally a great choice, and this is not an exception.
Color: 4/5, strong wine ranks, golden colour.
Taste: 13/20, too strong flavours of sour fruits.
Not a good start with Jamaica rums.
Enjoyed two glasses of Hampden Velier 2011 LFCH Rum on a sunny Saturday. Traditional Hampden Velier styled bottle and label design. Light golden color. Mold, funkiness, rotten pineapple, rubber tasting bananas and pure unadulterated alcohol to the nose and palate when neat sipped. Such a strong and dry burn at the end. Funky Jamaican fanboys can easily add 3 points to my score, but this is not my cuppa tea.
Pure 100% pot still single rum , bottled at an impressive 60.5% ! Not too much on the nose , just a bit of a funky almost musty kind of smell. When you sip... wow , an explosion ( literally ) of fruits ! Pineapple and over ripe bananas.. very warm in the mouth but not on the exit. This was one off those rare rums that got better with every small sip instead of worse.. highly recommend if you like pure unadulterated high ester rum. Sugar bomb lovers please cross the road.
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