HAMPDEN Great House Distillery Edition 59%

Rum, Jamaica, 70cl, Ref: 55960

Located in Trelawny, in the Queen of Spain’s Valley, the Hampden estate spans over 5,000 hectares. Since 2009, it has been owned by the Hussey family, who are responsible for its renovation. Very traditional, it is one of very few distilleries in the world to continue to use the residue from distillation remaining in the bottom of the stills (dunder) during fermentation in order to produce an ester-rich rum. Bearing the name of the family residence built in 1753, Great House wonderfully embodies Hampden’s exuberant and eminently Jamaican style. It is also embellished with sequences whose complexity and depth wonderfully highlight the stripped back classicism of a flavour and aroma palette that goes far beyond its island frontiers.

the distinguished first nose is exotic (passion fruit), medicinal (ointment), floral and honeyed (lime blossom). Allowed to breathe, cane sugar flows uninterrupted across the aromatic palette. The sharp attack is bright and reveals sweet pastry notes (Normandy tart, sugary brioche). On the mid-palate, the same honey appears alongside apricot jam and rose flavours. The concentrated start of the finish accentuates the rich character of the palate (vanilla flan). Velvety, it develops notes of cocoa bean before moving onto a medicinal (camphor) and deliciously sweet and savoury retro-nasal olfaction.
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  • Appearance : deep burnished gold.
  • Nose : refined, distinguished. With remarkable elegance, the first nose is exotic (passion fruit, kiwi, pineapple), medicinal (ointment, mustard poultice), floral (geranium, reseda), honeyed (acacia, lime blossom), roasted (tobacco, coffee) and lemony. Allowed to breathe, cane sugar flows uninterrupted across the entire aromatic palette. Gradually, coconut milk and vanilla bring lots of sweetness and creaminess.
  • Palate : lively, sharp. The very stately and bright attack reveals sweet pastry notes (Normandy tart, sugary brioche). On the mid-palate, lime blossom honey, apricot jam, rose and heliotrope further raise the level of the tasting. The sunny end of the palate is characterized by notes of sugar cane, straw and aromatic plants (chervil, wicker, parsley).
  • Overall : long, concentrated. Adding flavours of vanilla flan and crème brûlée, the start of the finish is a real sweet treat. Next, dried bananas and cocoa beans coat the taste buds in their velvety and powdery tannins. Extremely rich, the very end of the palate is medicinal (camphor, iodine tincture) and deliciously sweet and savoury. On the retro-nasal olfaction, clove, nutmeg and iris butter accentuate the finish’s heady character. The empty glass reveals notes of pipe tobacco, artichoke heart and noble spices (saffron, turmeric).
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After 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.
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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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