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On the finish of 2020, Jamaica’s Hampden Property Distillery launched the primary in a brand new annual sequence of rums which might be designed to boost its profile available on the market. The distillery, which has been operating for lots of of years, solely started producing merchandise below its personal label in 2018. (Earlier than that, it offered off nearly all of its inventory to different bottlers for mixing.)
The famed distillery is rightfully seeking to capitalize on its rising road cred, and a bottling like this appears to be the best way to do it. What’s in “Nice Home” 2020? “Created from 80% 2013 classic OWH (Outram W Hussey) rum and 20% 2017 classic Diamond H high-ester rum, lengthy fermented with wild yeasts and dunder, distilled of their well-known copper double retort pot stills, aged solely on the island and bottled at 59% abv.” When you’re not a rum nerd all of that won’t imply a lot to you, however OWN is Hampden’s low-ester distillate, which is clearly designed to steadiness out the excessive ester element. What are esters? Candy-smelling molecules that give rum its trademark fruit flavors.
That’s most likely sufficient introduction to get us began, I’d suppose. Let’s dig into the dunder pit and get began with a tasting.
The fruit hits the nostril instantly as a pattern is poured from the bottle. Intense pineapple notes, bubble gum, vanilla bean, ample hogo, and a touch of smoke all waft from the glass instantly. Every little thing is amped up on the palate — and at almost 60% abv, how may you count on something much less? — the pineapple be aware taking over a well-scorched, caramelized character, with notes of citrus peel, vanilla, baking chocolate, and ample pink pepper. Spicy and racy on the end, issues flip extra towards the cedar field than the baking cupboard, with a delicate woodiness enveloping the expertise.
That is scorching stuff to make sure, and whereas I had a small 50ml pattern to work with, it by no means even occurred to me as soon as to strive including water to what’s fairly an excellent rum. Dilute this assault of taste and uninteresting this powerhouse expression of tiki in a glass? I believe not.
A / $110 / hampdenestaterum.com [BUY IT NOW FROM DRIZLY]
Hampden “Nice Home” Rum Distillery Version 2020