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I'm a lover of the Jamaican style. This rum surprised me, similarly to how Smith & Cross surprised me when I first tasted it. People who don't know and understand "hogo" often call the overwhelming aromas and tastes unpleasant or obnoxious, but for someone with an experienced nose and palate, they can be absolutely wonderful. Also, for those that really love a well-made Maita'i or Junglebird - they know you need the hogo if you want an incredible drink.
To me, it has a pungency of overripe and caramelized banana, pineapple, and mango. Spicy aftertaste, and truly "fruity" and complex, with a warm and somewhat buttery mouthfeel. This does very well in a good sipping glass, evolving over time (some water might help). I know for a fact it would be fantastic in a Maita'i, or Jungle-bird.
The original stolen "smoked" rum seemed really lame to me ("Stolen" brand seems a bit like a gimmick), but they really got this one right. The bush-league move would have been to water this down to 40 abv and try to sell it like that, as many other companies would do... There aren't many overproof Jamaican rums like this on the market, so I do, in fact, consider it a rare find. Highly recommended.
This is a 6y old HLCF at 61.5%.
The nose is balanced but clearly high ester. Very fruity smell.
I get glue, pineapple, apples, prune, grasy notes, some wood, vanilla and some gum with earth.
The taste starts fruity with glue, pineapple, apples, grasy notes, vanilla and oak.
It's on the level of LROK Velier. In the middle I get sour notes of acid, pineapple, apple, honey, malt with grasy notes and vanilla. It's spicy of course.
The finish is very spicy with honey, apples, pineapple, vanilla and grasy notes. There are also some tannins and the tasty malt.
The aftertaste is also very good. I get the malt and pineapple with some honey.
Overall a good Hampden and very cheap for around 20$. I paid 39€ in Germany and I'm still satisfied.
I would rate that one with 87 points.
Nose: glue, pineapple, apple, prune, grasy notes, some oak, vanilla and gum, earth
Taste initial: glue, pineapple, apples, grasy notes, vanilla, oak
Middle: some acid, pineapple, apple, honey, malt with grasy notes, vanilla
Finish: spice, honey, apples, pineapple, vanilla, some grasy notes and tannins, malt
Aftertaste: malt, pineapple, honey, some oak and grasy notes
Value (20$ or 39€): 5/5 and 4.5/5
it's 61%. Hampden Distillate. Half size bottle. Very flavorful and pungent rum. Not sure How "limited" it actually is but I would pick up a bottle an have a sip as well as trying it in a few cocktails. I don't know if I would go and buy a case like I have seen some do... but worth a try.
Just be aware this is not a New Zealand bottling. There are two distillers called Stolen which have been combined on this site. This one is from Chicago, Illinois.
8.25/10 This is great OP Hampden product, also like the small format and pricing, great deal all-in-all.
Maybe for a mixed drink but otherwise hard pass, nose doesn’t bite like most overproofs but on the tongue it’s lava
I bought this bottle based on its reputation a while back but haven’t gotten to it because frankly I am not a huge Hampden fan and had a lot more tantalizing rums to get to first. But it is finally time to address this one because no rum collection is really complete without it.
This is an independent bottling of Hampden pot still rum aged 6 years in ex-bourbon barrels from a single cask and bottled at the original cask strength of 61.5% ABV. From what I can tell it has been partially tropically aged and partially aged in Europe.
Nosing this rum is quite delightful and very complex. It starts with strong caramel apples and bananas which to me is the calling card of aged Hampden rums. But behind that it gets quite interesting. Unlike Smith & Cross or Hampden 46 it’s not just apples and overripe bananas. No, this rum gets far more interesting. Behind the carame apples and overripe bananas I get Southern Sweet Potato Pie with marshmallow topping, followed by caramel sauce and aged tobacco. Then it gets even better with guava, homemade eggnog, nutmeg, and jackfruit coming on strong…particularly the guava note. I could nose this rum all night long. It’s quite complex and excellent.
The problem I find with Hampden rums is that they struggle to translate their incredible scents onto the palate. Unfortunately, this one is no exception again, which is a slight let down at first. However, the palate it does produce is actually delectable in its own right. On the palate I get apple brandy, fermented apples, oak, and sangria. Fairly typical Hampden. Then it gets weird as Ponzu suace, burnt marshmallow, and jackfruit come out to play. What an odd combination, but it totally works and works quite well. The is a strong pungency to the palate which accentuates all the above notes. It’s very nice.
Like General Grievous, the finish is shorter than I expected. That’s a bit of a let down. But it’s not bad. On the short finish I get overripe bananas and roasted apples. The rum remains quite hot even with the addition of water and the ethanol burn lingers into the finish overlaid with what I can only describe as the taste of boiled mushrooms. Yet again it’s not bad at all and indeed works quite well.
I actually like this more than I expected. I rate it up there alongside Smith & Cross. It may not be quite as intense or funky as Smith & Cross but the individual notes enjoyed straight come across clearer. This is very much a rum you can sip on as well as mix with.
It is typical Hampden in many respects, but it doesn’t have the medical office notes that most Hampden rums have that is off putting to me. As such I enjoy it much more than the Hampden direct bottling. This is indeed quite an enjoyable rum. It didn’t blow me away now that I have had a pretty broad range of Jamaican high ester rums, but it’s pretty tasty. It does have flaws though like the lingering ethanol burn, short finish. Normally, I would also count the failure in transition of the nose to the palate but here the palate is quite delectable in its own right even if it is different from what is promised on the nose.
All in all this rum is definitely recommendable and does indeed live up to its reputation. It’s one of the better Hampden rums I have had, though I still prefer the Worthy Park style. I guess where I am at is this is a fine rum and would serve as a fantastic introduction to Jamaican funk. Though to the more experienced rum palate is still pretty good but not quite “I need another bottle of this right now!” good. But at $19 a bottle and fairly limited quantity the price is near unbelievable so yeah go ahead and get a back up bottle if you see it. I rate it as one of the very best values in the rum world. $19 for one of the better aged Hampden distillates is quite a steal, no pun intended.
Short Description: The perfect introduction to Jamaican funk and a fine ambassador for Hampden
Nose: caramel apples, overripe bananas, sweet potato pie with marshmallow topping, aged tobacco, caramel sauce, guava, homemade eggnog, nutmeg, jackfruit
Palate: apple brandy, fermented apples, oak, sangria, ponzu sauce, burnt marshmallow, caramel, jackfruit
Finish: bananas, roasted apples, lingering ethanol burn, boiled mushrooms
Country of Origin: Jamaica
Distillery: Hampden Estate
Lovely, similar to Smith & Cross but deeper and more industrial. A bit of tar and oil flavor.
""a massive parade of fruits that came stomping through the nose with cheerful abandon. Peaches in syrup, near-ripe mangoes, guavas, pineapple, all dusted with a little salt and black pepper.""
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