Aromas of pineapple, passion fruit and new-car leather. Candied and jellied fruit notes develop: papaya, guava, lime, Seville orange, blood orange and nectarine. Banana and toasted spice notes build, with prominent clove notes. On the palate, the spice and bananas lead: creamy banana pie with a generous dusting of ground clove and cinnamon. The banana remains as apples and pineapples roll in. Dark and weight oily notes sneak in behind. Cinnamon spice and sweet banana fade to reveal apple jam and mint.
Hampden Estate is located in the northwest of Jamaica in a remarkable region called Trelawny. Trelawny historically represents the grand cru of Jamaican rum and is characterized by an incredible biodiversity. Trelawny faces the Caribbean Sea and consists of fertile plains in the north and Cockpit Country just a few kilometers to the south: an utterly unspoiled mountainous area covered in tropical forest and home to the last surviving Jamaican crocodiles, 26 native bird species and the giant swallowtail butterfly.
By the early 19th century, there were more than a hundred small sugar estates with their own distilleries in the area. In this period, Hampden Estate developed a complex technique for the production of aromatic rums with extremely high levels of esters, soon adopted by other local distilleries.
Founded in 1753, Hampden is one of the best distilleries in the world today and we base this affirmation on 5 objective and fundamental considerations, the five pillars: Use of its own spring water in the various production phases. Prolonged wild fermentation with the use of natural yeasts. The production follows techniques in use since the 18th century that yield a high level of esters and give the rum a unique aromatic profile. Discontinuous distillation of 100% pot still. Tropical aging, both bottlings have aged more than 7 years in Jamaica, which is equivalent to an aging of about 25 years in Europe. Natural color and sugar free.
From pirate life on the open sea to Caribbean island paradises, perhaps no other spirit evokes such a romantic history as Rum. Made through fermentation and distillation of molasses or the fresh-pressed juice of sugar cane, Rums range from 20% to over 70% alcohol and come in a variety of tones from clear to dark. Highest quality Rums are generally produced in pot stills and aged in wood, while less expensive Clear or “White” Rums are produced in column stills and bottled without barrel aging. Naturally, Rums form the base of tropical cocktails like Daquiris and Mojitos.