Founded in 1753, Hampden Estate has been distilling rum for almost three centuries in the Trelawny Parish, historically known as the grand cru of Jamaican rum. This particularly expressive 2023 Distillery Edition sets the tone right from the start for a tasting that explores a huge diversity of fruity registers, right to the empty glass. Medicinal notes guide its flavour and aroma palette to a decidedly empyreumatic profile.
Made from a blend of different marks, this new version of Great House is produced according to a recipe that differs from year to year, and offers the chance to discover this rum in a different light. Its range of mineral notes and flavours enhances its empyreumatic character.
Nose: Both refined and heady. The first nose reveals incredibly distinguished aromas of cane flower, cane sugar and vanilla. The oxidative aroma palette then offers notes of hydrocarbon, bourbon vanilla and exotic fruits (pineapple, banana).
Palate: Rich, powerful. Lively notes of camphor and vetiver precede flavours of clove that gradually envelop the taste buds. The unctuous mid- palate is deliciously vanilla, lemony and honeyed (acacia).
Finish: Long and minimalist. Hot cane sugar pours across the palate. The rich after-taste is milky (coconut, almond) and subtly aniseedy. Ginger, Mirabelle plum and aromatic plants (wild thyme, sage) draw out the tasting.