Progressively I’m being close to review all Hampden’s older than 1993, did you noticed it?
Renegade Hampden 1992-2007 (46%, 1060 bottles, ex-Château Latour casks)
Nose: I directly smell the wine influence that mixes with classic Hampden notes and esters. The alcohol is burning a bit, it’s quite surprising at this ABV. Ripe pineapples, bananas, papayas, melons, grapes, peaches, fruity candies, lemons, oranges, bubblegum and vinegar. Atypical nose but not bad (spoiler : wait a bit).
Mouth: Here came the drama! The mouthfeel is quite watery, this is more flat than the nose, and I can’t get rid of these winy/sugary notes. Wood, smoke, tannins, ginger, pineapples, bubblegum, candied fruits and roasted coconuts.
Finish: Mid-long (I’m reassured). Vanilla, burnt wood, mint, dark smoke, grapes and one more time these bubblegum notes.
It’s very atypical, the reduction could have been quite better and the winy notes overwhelms the rest. Hopefully it doesn’t stay too long in mouth!
Murray McDavid Hampden 1992-2005 (46%, 1296 bottles, ex-Port casks)
Colour: Light gold.
Nose: Nice aromatic power despite the reduced ABV. Rotten bananas, green olives, glue, roasted pineapples, candied lemons, vanilla and grapefruits.
Mouth: It lacks a bit of intensity in mouth, that’s sweet, maybe a bit too much. Bananas, lemons, ginger, oranges, polish, wood, pepper and black olives.
Finish: Long enough and warm. Dark smoke, fresh soil, candied fruits and marzipan.
This one isn’t the most complex or the most amazing, but it’s clearly a nice every day Hampden.
Masam Hampden 1992-2019 (54.5%)
Colour: Light gold.
Nose: We’re grinding watts! Noble wood, roasted pineapples, bananas, brown sugar, candied fruits, oranges, glue, polish, lemons, smoke, peppermint with some spices.
Mouth: Compared to the two first I can clearly feel the longer ageing trough this pleasant oily texture. It starts slowly and become stronger then. Chilies, fresh pineapple juice, glue, polished wood, bananas, black olives, grilled sardine and smoke.
Finish: Long,warm and slightly drying. Candies, dark smoke, vanilla and bubblegum.
Maybe it lacks a bit of fantasy for me, but it’s very well balanced all long. Am I surprised? No, Silvano style is present, good job Masam.
Compagnie des Indes Hampden 1992-2016 (59.8%, cask #JHPE4, 295 bottles)
Nose: This is surprisingly sweet but it has the Hampden DNA in the same time. It’s slightly acidulous with bananas, lemons, pineapples, glue, green olives, wood, hints of vinegar, vanilla and ginger.
Mouth: The texture is thick and oily and lines up the whole mouth. It’s elegant and fruity. Pineapples, bananas, black olives, oranges, grapefruits, marzipan, peppermint, tea, mangoes, pine wood and eucalyptus.
Finish: Not the longest but as elegant as the rest. Burnt wood, canon powder and almonds.
Well balanced and elegant, I must say I’m quite surprised, good job!
A friend born in 1992 told me that every rum from 1992 is nice, I think I’ll give him the rest of the Renegade sample!
The last one surprised me the most today, as I was never really shocked in a good way by Compagnie des Indes bottling, but this one is one of my ’92 favorite.
Thanks a lot Niki and Quentin, cheers!
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