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Yet another Hampden from this independant bottler. I found this one very drinkable at a "reasonnable" 55° ABV. A full spoon of funky esters, zests and green olives but not on the far extreme side, which is better in my opinion (Most likely LROK, indeed). Thick texture, long lasting finish and just enough wood and minerality. This is not the most complex nor extreme Hampden but this particular one is still typical and very enjoyable . Last but not the least it was very affordable.
There are different brut de futs available from Depaz, varying according to age and degree of alcohol. I tried the 2005 brut de fut no. 503 with 58,2%. Very intense nose of a true and well bodied agricole. The palate is extremly spicy and it takes some moments until the mouth can direct the attantion to the plentiful, deep and great flavors this rhum certainly has. Verly long, almost endless finish. So this is a very great rhum but in my opinion the intensity and spiciness do not render it as a candidate for an evening sipper but more as some kind of special experiment. Therefore just an 8.
Visited the Depaz Distillery while vacationing at Martinique. Distillery tours were closed, so got the Depaz Brut de Fût 2003 from a local grocery store. Pretty decent old school bottle and label design with a very flimsy cardboard box. Traditional very dry Rhum Agricole notes followed by grass, strong oak and floral bouquet to your nose and palate. Strong burn at the end. Rhum Agricole lovers can easily add 2 points to my score.
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