As a high ester rum fan, this one sounds pretty amazing to me on the paper, 1993 is a well-known Hampden vintage because of legendary bottlings by Samaroli or Cave Guildive for example, let’s see if this one joins them to the top!
Nobilis Rum Hampden 1993-2020 (65.8%, cask #NR02, 168 bottles, C<>H)
Nose: Not any doubt it’s a true Hampden! The alcohol is perfectly integrated. Esters, fresh pineapples, ripe bananas, oranges, lemon peels, stewed yellow fruits, glue, polish, mint, grilled sardines, meringue, pie dough, grapefruits, straw, ginger and thyme.
Mouth: Powerful but the alcohol integration is really amazing. It’s very fruity with a nice oily texture. Fresh pineapple juice, flambéed bananas, green and black olives, light wood, cherry tomatoes, coal, petrol, wood glue, solvents, ginger, vanilla sugar, coconuts and caramelized fruits. There’s also a slightly iodized side with brine and herrings. The secret of a good dessert is to balance sugar with acidity, it’s exactly what I feel in this mouth, I love it.
Finish: Long and fancy. Thick smoke, vanilla sugar, mint, bananas, baked fruits and a few drops of olive oil.
Wow! This one is truly stunning, long speeches would be useless. Kudos to Nobilis!
This one takes part of the best Hampden’s I could ever taste so far. Good job, I can’t wait to discover the third Nobilis Rum bottling!
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