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Well, this is my last Hampden. I have given this distillery a fair try. While I appreciate that it is not sweet and is distilled with care, the flavor is terrible. Very harsh and unbalanced. Not a sipper. Just a glass of unsavory contrived funk. Tried to mix it and that spoiled banana rot carries through. No complexity, no smoothness and no balance. Too much bite and rotten bananas. And this is NOT cheap. Never again Hampden.
Jamaican traditional style rum with a lot of esters. But if you let it breathe for a while... It's really smooth with a nice aftertaste. Great base for homemade pinnapple rum.
Tento rum je pre mňa príjemným prekvapením. Nečakal som nič a dostal som peknú vôňu, chuť a skvelý pocit. Rum za 15eur,kde rozoznáte Hampden, ovocie,len v lahkej forme. Príjemný na spoznávanie Jamajky
A light sweet and oily smell, some Esther. The taste is at first light sweet, then it gets sharper, quite nice. The finish is rather short.
This is not a smooth rum. I like it for that reason.
Nose is medium funky, some mulled wine spices, a little bit of vanilla, some over-ripe fruit, a little bit of alcohol.
Taste is quite sharp at first, but still sippable. Clean funk (the non-muddy variety), spices, quite a lot of vanilla, some sweetness. Finish is dry and funky. Not overly complex, but not boring.
I really like this stuff as a mild, funky sipper. It is OK on ice, but I prefer it neat without ice. A few drops of water increase the taste.
It's a Jamaican rum of the typical funky Wedderburn style. It's only very lightly aged, if at all, but nonetheless very aromatic. But as you can imagine, the colour must be artificial. Hampden argued that consumers expect a certain golden colour for this type of aromatic rum, so it's meant to be a sign meaning "I'm aromatic!". Of course that is unnecessary for the true connoisseur. What I somewhat disliked about this rum, that is, why I didn't really find it that wonderful, was a dry, almost Scotch whisky-like nuance.
5his was released when Hampden was trying to rebuild the distillery image alongside the rum fire ...as a rum on its own its delicious young funk rum but is a poor representative of this distillery.
Notes of oak , chocolate and funk
Probably the only Hampden rum u wouldn't buy again.
If you are big fan of Jamaican pot still - you can try to sip this, the middle of the taste profile is smooth enough, but the nose is maybe too overpowering and the aftertaste is too strong as the alcohol is young. This is primarily a decent Jamaican mixer, full of esters, nose of ripe bananas and apples, taste matches nose with pretty straightforward and uncomplicated fruity tones, mainly bananas, with a short and biting finish. The bananas nicely stick out in rum and coke. For the price I originally bough it - which was on par with HC3, I would give 7+, but for some reason i cannot get it now cheaper than Chairmans Reserve (finest), so there goes 6.
First impressions; a case of rotting oranges stored in between a burning tyre-factory and a leaking petrochemical plant. After 10 minutes that is all cooled down to a light and very fruity scent with oranges and pineapple, apples and a hint of banana. Hardly any vanilla or oak (well, it is young) but with some molasses.
On the palate prune becomes dominant, it really tastes a lot like one of my favourite Slivovices. It all goes down very pleasantly, almost sweet (which it is not actually) with an unexpected smoothness after all the initial scents. More funky than Appleton Estate's signature blend but at the same time much more easy going. Halfway between a shot and a sipper with addictive qualities, though I guess this is a bit of a love or hate rum.
Should have gotten a 7,5 and as I think an 8 is a tad too much, I will give it a 7.
Rich and fruity like black bananas with a little treacle and pungent funky notes of Pineapple, apple and molasses.
"It is a fairly young rum and it is quite rough and ready."
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