2010 LROK Pure Single Jamaican Rum
“Today Hampden opens up a new frontier for all rum lovers. These official bottlings mark a historic moment for the world of spirits, comparable to the arrival of Islay's Single Malts on the market in the 1980s.” – Luca Gargano
Our allocation of this incredible rum has been sold directly to VIP customers via our stores. But we held a handful back for online. Due to high demand and the very limited number of bottles, Hampden’s 2010 LROK will be limited to one per customer while stocks last.
Just outside Falmouth, Jamaica, through cane fields, bamboo groves and palm trees and past an old sugar factory, you’ll discover the Hampden Estate – a tropical paradise stalked by peacocks. The Hussey family purchased the estate in 2009 and immediately began maturing the rum they made. This 11-year-old rum is one of the oldest vintage made available to purchase so far.
LROK may sound like an American rapper, but it’s actually a marque. Each Jamaican distillery classifies its rum production based on their specific marques (or marks), which correspond to the content of esters after distillation. Esters are the aromatic chemical compounds created during fermentation, and these determine how heavy and how funky the final rum is. Rums of different marques are normally blended together, so finding one of a single marque is super rare and intriguing to true afficionados. LROK (Light Rum Owen Kelly) is a high-ester marque that creates powerful rums with real oomph and strong concentration. It was distilled in 2010 and matured for 11 years in the fierce tropical heat. The development that occurs in this time would take more than 30 years if it were aged in Europe, so this bottle offers exceptional value if compared to a 30-year-old Scotch, for example.
Huge amounts of this rum will have been lost to the angels’ share during its maturation, making this an exceedingly scarce find. Bottled at 47%, it’s an intense and awe-inspiring rum of unfathomable complexity. The first thing that hits you with Hampden Estate 2010 LROK is the fruit: dried banana, orange peel, baked apple, overripe mango, grilled pineapple and sour watermelon candy. But bubbling beneath the surface is something wonderfully herbal and darkly medicinal, like eucalyptus, liquorice, thyme, rosemary, vanilla and spiced rum and ginger cake. The herbal bittersweet brightness is almost reminiscent of Rhum Agricole, but with the richness of a long-aged sipping rum. Simply awesome and sure to disappear rapidly.
Although usually reserved for artisanal and fine wines, the term ‘terroir’ refers to environmental factors that create a distinctive character in the product, in other words a sense of place. Due to over-manipulation and use of raw ingredients from far afield, it has rarely been applied to spirits… until now. Originally Scottish-owned and active non-stop since 1753, Hampden is one of the oldest cane field owners in Jamaica and produces high ester rum with true terroir. Based in Trelawny, it’s one of only two rum distilleries in the entire world to use both their own spring water and sugar, and to also employ purely pot stills, wild fermentation and no addition of sugar or colouring. Master Distiller Vivian Wisdom also reserves both the dunder (non-alcoholic stillage) in wooden vats and the thick dark and bubbling gloop lovingly referred to as ‘muck’ (the skimmings from fermentation and by-products of the production process), these are reintroduced to their fermented molasses creating a completely unique fruity funk. As wild as the biodiversity that surrounds the distillery, this is a craft rum like no other on the planet.
You may be wondering why Hampden Estate is only whispered about by cocktail bartenders and diehard rum geeks, rather than being a household name like Appleton and Wray & Nephew. Especially as it has inspired rum experts like Richard Seale and Luca Gargano. Well, that’s because very little rum has been bottled under the Hampden name. Over the years most of it has found its way into well respected tots such as Smith & Cross, Rum Fire and Duppy Share, as well as limited editions from cult independent bottlers like Velier, Hunter Laing, Mezan and Berry Brothers & Rudd.
£20.71 per 100.00ml
SKU No.: 3659449
Style No.: 871142
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