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Review: Hampden “Great House” Rum Distillery Edition and “The Younger” Rum 2021

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Jamaica’s Hampden continues to crank out particular version rums, together with this pair of extremely restricted choices which hit on the tail finish of 2021. Let’s dig in.

Hampden “Nice Home” Rum Distillery Version 2021Great House received its begin with the 2020 version — which we beloved — and now version #2 is right here. This one’s barely totally different than the 2020 bottling, a 50-50 mix of two of Hampden’s excessive ester rums, Diamond H and LFCH (subbing in for final yr’s OWH, which comprised 80% of the mix). Classic info on the 2 marques within the mix wasn’t supplied to us, however let’s attempt it. It is a a lot totally different rum than the 2020 and a much more pungent, funk-filled product. Closely vegetal and earthy, with some smokiness within the combine, the fruit right here comes throughout as very a lot overripe — and pushy with cloves and ginger. The palate is extra fascinating, although initially fairly scorching and racy, its notes of nutty banana bread melding oddly with notes of turned earth, aged wooden, stewed prunes, and a few chimney soot parts. The end comes throughout as barely gummy as a result of surfeit of fruit, although it’s so wealthy in taste and complexity it’s onerous to not preserve coming again to it. 110 proof. A- / $100

Hampden “The Youthful” Rum 5 Years Previous 2021 – A youthful investigation into youthful Hampden, this marque of very excessive ester rum known as “Gentle Rum Owen Kelly” (LROK) was distilled in 2016 and bottled in 2021 on the age of 5. It might be gentle in shade and comparatively youthful, however that is highly effective and enjoyable stuff. The nostril is racy with barrel char and ultra-ripe fruit, some inexperienced grass within the combine right here. Soothing on the palate with lingering oak and ample vanilla notes, the fruit right here is much less overripe and extra refreshing, with notes of coconut, banana, and peach all within the combine. A gradual fade of vanilla and brown sugar spherical out the end. It’s a stellar sipper, however I’d experiment with mixing with this if it weren’t a prison offense to take action… and if I had any extra. 94 proof. A / $60

Hampden “The Youthful” Rum 5 Years Previous 2021




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