High-end Hampdens part 2

If you read me you probably also love Hampden, I didn’t hide that I was pretty excited by those last article’s line-ups, which have some crazy labels furthermore! Some of these labels makes all of us shudders, especially that green colourful Samaroli label, isn’t it? The Rum Cask Hampden 1990 26yo acquired the throne yesterday but there’s such high level bottlings in this line-up that he could already leave it today…


Silver Seal Hampden 1993-2016 (50%)

Colour: Light gold.
Nose: That’s surprising, but not in the best way. It’s a bit too flat for a 93 Hampden! Apples dominates the nose, pears, overripe bananas, white pepper, lemons, bitter oranges, mangoes, glue and pineapples in the background.
Mouth: A bit watery. Caramelized pineapples, chillies, wood, smoke, peaches, candied fruits, sugar, smoked fish, mangoes and melons. It lacks a bit of complexity but it remains decent.
Finish: Mid long. Carbonized wood and thick smoke dominates the finish, dried fruits and some floral notes.

I’m a bit disappointed by this one, that’s maybe the 1993 Hampden I enjoyed the less, but it doesn’t means that it’s bad at all.

Score: 86

Silver Seal Hampden 1993-2013 (50%)

Colour: Light gold.
Nose: I could have thought it was a young Hampden, with some notes that reminds me some Long Pond 2000. Peaches, nectarines, tangerines, ginger, fuel, leather, grilled sardines, pineapples, mirabelle plums, apples, cinnamon and some metallic notes.
Mouth: Easy sipper alert. The texture is very aerial and the alcohol integration very nice. Pineapple juice, wood, lemons, peppers, oranges, tobacco, peaches, toasted bread, tomatoes and cardamon. It’s slightly acidulous and classy.
Finish: Mid long and drying. Dark smoke, canon powder and vanilla.

Well balanced and elegant, this one could be a very nice everyday Hampden.

Score: 90

Samaroli Hampden FP 1993-2014 (65.6%, cask #39)

Colour: Light gold.
Nose: I directly feel the ABV gap between the two birds and this one, but it has a nice alcohol integration. I recognize the Silvano’s style even if this one was bottled at full proof, this is very harmonious and well balanced. That’s fruity, spicy, woody and sweet but everything match perfectly. Pineapples, bananas, lemons, black olives, wood, vanilla, cake dough, hazelnuts, marzipan, cherries, pickles, oils, grilled sardines, polish and peppermint.
Mouth: The texture is pleasantly thick and oily. It’s starting sweet first, then it evolves with more strength and becomes a bit astringent. Fresh pineapple juice, mangoes, candied lemons, esters, eucalyptus, melons, peaches, and sugar. The whole mouth is surrounded by a pleasant roundness and the alcohol integration is close to perfect.
Finish: Long, fresh and as refined as the rest. Mint, cinnamon, burnt wood, dark bitter chocolate, dried fruits and vanilla sugar.

An iron fist in a velvet glove. Did you expect a full proof Hampden 1993 to be a gentleman? I didn’t.
I wasn’t disappointed by that unicorn even after all the good I heard about it.

Score: 94

Cave Guildive Hampden 1993-2017 (61%)

Colour: Light gold.
Nose: Funkier and way more aromatic than the three first, to be honest I went to grab a glass of Nobilis Hampden 1993 to measure the ester level. What was my surprise when I clearly noticed that this Guildive is way more closer to the C<>H Nobilis than the three first rums I tasted! I’m now pretty sure the Guildive is C<>H as well. Lemons, cherry tomatoes, pickles, grilled fish, solvents, bananas, green olives, brine, salted water, wood and watermelons.
Mouth: It’s slightly astringent with a nice thick texture. Exotic fruits, caramelized pineapples, young wood, mix of lemons and limes, grapefruits, almonds, olive oil, eucalyptus and fuel. It’s very fruity and easy to sip despite this high ABV.
Finish: Very long and pleasantly sweet. Vanilla, marzipan, peppermint, roasted notes and fruit paste. A very sweet finish that contrast with that powerful mouth.

This one surprised me the most, welcome at the top.

Score: 94

My old friend Alex told me months ago : Antoine, you’ll be a Man with a big “M” the day you’ll have tasted The Rum Cask 26yo and Samaroli 1993 Full Proof, so today I’m proud to say that I am!
Did I expect the Guildive 1993 to get the same score as the Samaroli FP? Not at all, I’m no longer surprised to be surprised.
Thanks a lot Quentin for your precious help regarding these line-ups that I enjoyed a lot, that was a crazy experience!

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