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On the nose: intense sweet tropical fruits, baked bananas with honey, sweet pineapple juice, subtle mango puree, a hint of spices, hint of caramel, alcohol & gum.
On the palate: baked bananas, spices, tropical fruits, rubber & furniture polish.
In the finish: nutmeg, hint of ginger, some dark chocolate, gum, hint of tropical fruit, molasses, a little pepper.
In der Nase: intensive süße tropische Früchte, gebackene Bananen mit Honig, süßer Ananassaft, dezent Mangopüree, Hauch Gewürze, Anklang Karamell, Alkohol & Gummi.
Am Gaumen: gebackene Bananen, Gewürze, tropische Früchte, Gummi & Möbelpolitur.
Im Abgang: Muskat, Anklang Ingwer, etwas Bitterschokolade, Gummi, Hauch tropische Früchte, Melasse, etwas Pfeffer.
Hampden The Younger LROK
- I have recently been getting into Jamaican rums and my first impression of this rum was that it will be nice to have tried it but I did not expect it would « Wow » me. The nose was crisp but without sweetness, as often is the case with Bajan rums. First sip was somewhat disappointing but I started warming up to this as the tasting progressed. By the last sip I had discovered another Jamaican rum I really like and will be looking for to add to my collection. This is REALLY good.
I'm relatively new to rum, coming from 1500+ whiskey tastings, and I get there is a world of "jamaican funk" I'm not yet familiar with, but if this is the funk, then funk = alcohol fumes and rubber inside a barrage of solvents that bury the other faint banana/pineapple notes. Maybe this is the islay to the more mainstream scotches and I'll come around in time, but for now this is the worst of the 50 rums I've tasted to date...
Classic hampden at a fine price.
Nose: potent with musty, overripe bananas and pineapple, caramel, gum and glue. Feels balanced.
Mouth: great body and a nice underlying fruity sweetness. The bananas and pineapple are there, wrapped in moderate funk. Integrated alcohol. Balanced lingering ending with some woody spices.
When I saw LROK on the bottle and remembered the rave reviews on these, I easily plunked down $52 US for this young Hampden. I have not been a fan of Hampden and this will be my last. Drinking this one OTR is the only way to do it because the dirty notes come through like in a Caroni. If that is what you like, then go for it! Besides drinking this one OTR, I tried mixing with Pepsi. I have NEVER had a rum ruin a perfectly good Pepsi before, so this is what sunk my rating down to a 5 to be never bought again. Way too much hogo and dirty notes for me!
Great nose, smells of light oak but tons of banana and Dr. Pepper or Cheerwine. Taste has light oak that transforms into lots of tropical fruit mixed with cherries and plums. Minimal burnt tire/ mustiness. Finish is Dr. Pepper, fresh banana and a hint of burnt tire. A really good rum.
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