I also added the Hampden Great House 2019 in the tasting set to have a comparison with the new edition. I don’t have a lot of informations about these new bottlings but the most important thing is what’s in the glass so let’s see!
Hampden Great House 2019 (59%, official bottling, tropical aged)
Colour: Dark gold.
Nose: I can directly smell the tropical ageing influence, it’s warm. Starting with esters, spices, marzipan, ripe pineapples and lemons.
Mouth: Nice thick texture. There are still a lot of spices, caramel, mangoes, light solvants, green olives, wood and some vegetal notes.
Finish: Long. It’s dry, burnt wood, olives, canon powder and some fruits in the background.
It’s not the fruitier Jamaican I could taste, but it’s a great Hampden at very fair price!
Hampden Great House 2020 (59%, official bottling, tropical aged)
Colour: Dark gold.
Nose: Very noticeable differences there, it’s fruitier than the previous one, and I would say higher in esters as well. Bananas, exotic fruits, red chillies, a bit more acidulous with citruses, lemon juice, it’s deeper. With more time I have also some sweet notes with vanilla and honey.
Mouth: It’s lighter than the nose. Pineapple juice dominates the mouth, bananas, green olives, light solvents, spices and young wood. It’s slightly astringent and bitterish.
Finish: Long. Dark smoke, olive oil, spices with some roasted and vegetal notes which add freshness.
It’s fruitier than the 2019 edition, this one is better at any level, well done!
Velier Hampden Yellow Shouldered Grossquit (unknown ABV, cask #487, OWH)
Nose: Burnt wood and roasted notes dominates the nose. Mangoes, pineapples, green bananas, green apples, oranges, marzipan, straw, nutmeg and some vegetal notes. I recognize the typical low ester profile, fruits are less noticeable.
Mouth: Sweet at the beginning, the power is following. Nice thick texture. Burnt wood, glue, varnish, papayas, mangoes, tobacco leaves. I miss some fruits and funkyness here.
Finish: Mid-long. Cold ashes, smoke, fresh mint and vanilla.
It’s not a bad rum at all but not the kind of profile I would expect from a Hampden.
Velier Hampden LROK Rufous Tailed Flycatcher (unknown ABV, cask #498, LROK)
Nose: Powerful, warm with esters and fruits. The alcohol is a bit too present. Very ripe pineapples, bananas, vanilla, polish and candied lemons. It also has a sweetness behind all these fruits.
Mouth: Nice texture and a lot of fruits again, I love it. Pineapple juice, exotic fruits, burnt straw, fuels, canon powder and yellow fruits. It has an aerial feeling which makes it very easy to drink.
Finish: Long. Tobacco, peppermint, vanilla, a lot of green olives, violet flowers, cinnamon, finishing with some fresh floral notes.
I liked a lot this very uncommon finish for a Hampden, good job!
I’m a bit disappointed there’s no higher ester mark than LROK in the Belgian bottlings but I found out some solid bottlings here. Now I wish everyone good luck to catch those bottles!
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Hampden Great House 2019