Nose: Roasted banana and pineapple lead. Gentle clove and nutmeg follow, along with a touch of expressed citrus peel and candied lemon zest. Barley sugar, crunchy caramel and spun sugar develop, along with rich butterscotch.
Palate: Intense fruit: pineapple, apple, pear, mango and papaya stewed down into a thick jam. Clove and cinnamon notes build, with buttery pastry and darker notes of liquorice. There’s a gentle hint of coal smoke hiding at the bottom.
Finish: Big spice and tarred oak. That fades to reveal butterscotch and mint.
This is very much a Grand Cru rum for those “in the know”.
Accordingly, the Hampden Estate Pure Single Jamaican Rum offers a real promise of quality.
The Hampden Distillery enjoys a truly excellent reputation as a producer of Jamaican rums, and this reputation wants of course to be confirmed when bottling rums like this.
Released in 2018, this Hampden is a release that rum enthusiasts have been waiting on for a very long time!
This particular expression, an overproof rum, has a hefty ABV of 60%, not for the faint hearted!