HAMPDEN 8 ans 2012 OWH Single Cask #667 Whisky Live 2020 - Paris Edition 61,7%
Rhum De Melasse, Jamaica, 70cl, Ref: 58161
With the Trelawny Endemic Bird Series, the Hampden distillery pays tribute to the rich wildlife of 67 different bird species living in the heart of Cockpit Valley, notably including the golden swallow, crested quail-dove, black-billed amazon and Jamaican blackbird. Originally selected as a bottling for Whisky Live Paris, which was due to take place in September, this OWH version, with an ester content of 40-80 grams per hectolitre of pure alcohol, proudly represents the lightest style of rum produced by this iconic distillery. And yet, particularly warm and generous, it shows us Hampden in an intensely medicinal, deeply mineral and wonderfully syrupy (cane sugar) light.
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- Appearance : deep mahogany.
- Nose : firm, powerful. Superb toasted, grilled and spicy notes (oak, richeria grandis) bring lots of energy to a first nose that is also medicinal (ointment), varnishy and roasted (coffee, mocha). Allowed to breathe, citrus fruit zest (lemon, grapefruit) and dried fruit (almond, hazelnut) appear alongside aromas of musk and camphor. The very dense aromatic palette gives the taster no chance to rest. Gradually, acacia honey, vanilla and white chocolate spread across its surface.
- Palate : lively, dynamic. After an initial sequence highlighting the distillate’s spirited character, delicious stewed banana and cane sugar flood the palate. Next, dried fruit (date, fig) bring lots of body to a deliciously herbaceous (bamboo) mid-palate. At the end of the palate, cocoa powder and grated ginger gently coat the taste buds. The flavour palette is extremely dense and concentrated.
- Overall : long, delicate. The stunning start of the finish is heady (geranium), herbaceous (ivy), fruity (Mirabelle plum, banana, kaffir lime), refreshingly mentholated and roasted (coffee). The very peppery end of the palate is also honeyed (acacia), floral (rose, peony) and fibrous (sugar cane). On the retro-nasal olfaction, white florals drop their petals onto warm cane sugar. Just as concentrated and rich, the empty glass is a perfect summary of the nose and palate.
- The brand
The brandAfter 265 years of production dedicated to confidential trade bottling, the Hampden distillery have launched in 2018 its own aged rums on the international scene. With an extraordinary aromatic richness, Hampden Jamaican rums are also distinguished by an ancestral manufacturing process and full maturation in the tropics.
The Velier company was founded by the Chaix family in 1947. From 1953 to 1983, this small traditional company, located in the port of Gênes, specialised in the importation and distribution of wines, champagnes and spirits. In 1983, then aged 25, Luca Gargano acquired shares in Velier. Under his influence the company began specialising in the importation of exceptional spirits to be supplied to the most prestigious establishments in Italy. In the early 1990s, Luca Gargano heard rumours of a mythical, quasi-legendary stock of St James Rum that had supposedly been distilled at the end of the 19th century. Eventually he discovered proof that this stock, distilled in 1885 and bottled in 1952, did indeed exist. And in 1991, following lengthy discussions, Luca finally managed to acquire the entirety of this stock, which he then released on the Italian market. These selections of rums have since multiplied and led to the birth of exceptional ranges.
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