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The Hampden Great House 2020 comes from Jamaica and is the annual edition of the distillery. It is an 80/20 blend of OWH 2013 and <>H 2017. The pot style rum was bottled at a cask strength of 59% alcohol with no additives. There are 5800 bottles of this limited edition.
The nose promises a well balanced classic Hampden. Lots of candied banana, fermented tropical fruits, light solvent notes, caramel and a certain palatable note make the nose attractive and inviting. The blend surprised me on the palate. It's amazingly flavorful and dry. In addition to the banana and the ester, the blend shows a peppery spiciness and bitterness. The rum is quite creamy and buttery. I notice caramel and orange peel. The rum is strong, but the alcohol is excellently integrated. The finish is dry, astringent, with tannins and the ester lingers for a long time.
Not a classic Hampden for me, as it shows a lot of barrel influence on the palate and the strong spice surprised me. I like the 2021more. But overall very tasty. The rum has a great nose and is very versatile and complex on the palate. The funk just gets lost a little here. The finish is incredibly long and wonderful if you like ester.
Der Hampden Great House 2020 kommt aus Jamaica und ist die Jahresedition der Distillery. Es ist ein 80 zu 20 Blend aus OWH 2013 und <>H 2017. Der im Pot Still hergestellte Rum wurde in einer Fassstärke von 59% Alkohol ohne Zusatzstoffe abgefüllt. Es gibt 5800 Flaschen von dieser limitierten Edition.
Die Nase verspricht einen gut ausbalancierten klasischen Hampden. Viel kandierte Banane, vergorene tropische Früchte, leichte Lösungsmittel Noten, Karamel und eine gewisse süffige Note machen die Nase attraktiv und einladend. Am Gaumen hat mich der Blend dann doch überrascht. Er ist direkt erstaunlich würzig und trocken. Neben der Banane und dem Ester zeigt der Blend eine pfeffrige Schärfe und Bitterstoffe. Dabei ist der Rum durchaus cremig und buttrig. Karamel und Orangenschalen nehme ich war. Der Rum ist kräftig der Alkohol aber hervoragend eingebunden. Der Abgang ist trocken, astringend, mit Tanninen und der Ester bleibt lange bestehen.
Für mich kein klasischer Hampden, da er am Gaumen viel Fasseinfluss zeigt und die starke Würze mich überrascht hat. Mir gefällt der 2021 deutlich besser. Vielleicht auch die Tagesform. Insgesamt aber trotzdem sehr lecker. Der Rum hat eine tolle Nase und ist sehr vielseitig und komplex am Gaumen. Hier geht der Funk nur ein wenig verloren. Der Abgang ist unglaulich lang und wunderbar.
Not my favorite, but not the worst. Agrícole, good finish and end… very strong middle paled. Cheers!
A more grassy/slight funkier worthy park jamaica. Nose is only slight funk on nose but then as the rum vapor seeps into your mouth you can inhale the light grass notes and the finish is a pleasant peppery burn. Quite smooth for a +50%abv.
Aroma: Výrazné a pronikavé - spousta šťavnatého tropického ovoce (banán, ananas, mango), rozkvetlé květiny, med. Na pozadí tóny lepidla a gumy.
Chuť: Petrolejová, šťavnatě ovocná, trpká a svíravá.
Dozvuk: Mirabelky, špendlíky, tinktura, závan jódu a sušené ovoce. Dlouhý.
Porovnával jsem s GH 2021, který byl lehce odlišný - jemnější a sladší. Oba v konečném výsledku hodnotím shodně 9/10.
This is very very good but after having the LROK and Overproof this Great House kind of gets lost. A smidge overpriced for what you get, IMO. Still love everything Hampden puts out.
9.00/10 at first sip I wasn't captivated but after allowing some time to open up, it proved to be an exquisite blend that really does showcase how great Hampden's product is.
This rum is a mix of 80% 2013 vintage OWH rum, and 20% high ester 2017 vintage double retort pot still rum from Hampden Distillery in Jamaica bottled at 59% ABV. All rums were tropically aged on-site in Jamaica. It’s basically a Hampden Estate special house blend created unknowingly for the year the world went to hell in a hand basket.
On the nose I get a strong waft of ripe Fuji Apples akin to right after you take a big bite and the freshly opened apple is right in your face. After that however the remaining notes are present but more muted. After the fresh “in your face” Fuji apple subsides I get grilled pineapple, slight modelers glue, overripe banana, slight mineral spirits (lacquer thinner). Then black cherry, a faint note of strawberry syrup and pencil shavings. The notes after the ripe Fuji apple notes are slightly more muted than I expected from a tropical aged Hampden, but it’s a good combination.
The palate on this rum is a beast, in all the right ways - it’s like riding a pet Rancor. Taking a sip the palate absolutely explodes in flavor starting with a deep rich purple grape juice note (Hampden Grape Drank, lol). Next comes rich Fuji apples like on the nose, accompanied by strawberry syrup, the distinct flavor of apple chunks floating in sangria, followed by grilled pineapple. Finally, a Hampden rum that delivers on the palate in spades what is promised on the nose. The palate on this rum is stellar. It is deep, rich, fruity and exactly what is promised minus some of the industrial-ish notes (but that is a positive here). I am very pleasantly surprised by the palate here. Bravo Hampden, you finally did it.
Unfortunately, and quite surprisingly, the finish on this rum is quite basic and exceedingly short. I get air dried apple slices and pencil shaving that last for mere seconds afterwards. That’s disappointing, but damn the palate is so good I can forgive this somewhat.
This is definitely the best Hampden rum I have had yet, despite its flaws. Yes the nose is muted and yes the finish is oddly and disappointingly short…but hot damn the palate on this rum is good. The palate is downright excellent. In fact it’s so excellent it makes me forget my nagging complaints about the nose and the finish.
Further more, the more I sip on this rum the more I love it. Are y’all really going to make me crack open my investment rum? On a Hampden? Hmmm, maybe. This specific Hampden might well be worth it. Color me surprised. This is what I have long wanted from Hampden but haven’t yet gotten until now: a deep rich fruity funky rum that delivers on the palate exactly that which is promised on the nose. If Hampden can repeat *this experience* I will become a fan.
Short Description: Finally a Hampden rum that delivers in the palate all the fruity funky goodness promised on the nose.
Nose: Ripe Fuji Apple, grilled pineapple, slight hint of modelers glue, overripe banana, slight mineral spirits, dark cherries, faint hint of strawberry syrup, pencil shavings
Palate: Deep rich grape juice, fresh fuji apples, strawberry, apple chunks in sangria, slight grilled pineapple
Finish: short, dried apple slices, pencil
Country of Origin: Jamaica
Distillery: Hampden Estate, Trelawny
Stewed pineapples, fermented and overripe fruit, wet wood, huge vegetal notes, vanilla syrup, the “hairs” of a mango seed when you suck on it. What an experience. My favorite rum yet.
This Hampden Great House 2020 is my 200th review on this website and obviously a great choice. Wow, my favourite rums so far are all from Barbados with FS distillery rums claiming top spots. Received a sample of this Jamaican rum and I was blown away, not like FS rums at all but totally as good. It was like combining a FS rum with the funkiness of Jamaican rum. At 59% this rum packs a punch but it is still thoroughly enjoyable to enjoy neat. I must now expend my collection to include Hampden products. Definitely a “10” in my opinion.
Lucky enough to find this one on discount at a local liquor store and had to pick up a bottle. Sipped neat.
The nose is quite potent and burns a little bit. Contains hints of fruit and some sweetness. Very funky. Excellent nose overall.
Taste is what I've come to expect from a Hampden distilled rum. Initial sip is sweet. before quickly giving away to some bitterness. There's a bit of overripe banana in there, but very faint. Finish has that "petroleum distillate" character I've come to appreciate in other Hampden products. Pretty smooth, even at nearly 120 proof.
This is a great rum. So what's standing between this one and the "elites" that I've tasted? There's a pervasive bitterness present from start to finish that kind of overshadows the other flavors. It doesn't ruin the product completely (it's still a great rum), but does put it a step behind others I have in my collection. A tad disappointing, considering the expectations I had going in.
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