Overproof Pure Single Jamaican Rum
Another Grand Cru rum for those “in the know”. This overproof version is bottled at a whopping 60%, but it’s so smooth it carries it majestically. Rich and dark, with the complexity of flambéed bananas, steeping Christmas cake fruit, a simmering pot of tropical fruit jam that’s maybe just starting to burn, cinnamon buns, mulled wine spices and vanilla pods fried in salted butter, lemon zest, Bassett’s Liquorice Allsorts, woodsmoke and Oloroso Sherry. At least 7 years old, Hampden Estate Overproof Pure Single Jamaican Rum is made using components at three different marques (the ester ranges used in Jamaica), including one at the extreme level of 1,600ppm. It opens up beautifully with a drop of water and should be savoured long and slow, as you might a fine Scotch.
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. This is one of the first to be released under the Hampden Estate name and it has crocodiles on it.
£14.71 per 100.00ml
SKU No.: 2914067
Style No.: 721114
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