2000s Hampden

I didn’t even notice there were no 2000 Hampdens on the blog yet! I must say that’s not my favorite vintage, but let’s give those a try! Typically all Hampden releases from 2000 wear the LROK mark. Thompson Bro’s recently surprised me with their great ’97 Caroni, Excellence Rhum with their ’98 Bellevue and I don’t need to introduce Berry Bro’s, so the today’s match is gonna be interesting!

Thompson Bro’s Hampden 2000-2018 (55.1%, 185 bottles)

Colour: Light gold.
Nose: Quite powerful but not very expressive. Caramelized and candied pineapples, bananas, vanilla, bitter oranges, black olives, straw, grilled sardines, black tapenade and iodized notes. It seems a bit struggled even after a long time in the glass.
Mouth: Same statement as the nose first, powerful but not expressive as expected! Starting with spices but then it finally lets you open the door and I’m not disappointed! Lot of exotic fruits such as pineapples, mangoes, papayas, then we have sugar, wood, fish oil, green olives, brine and candied lemons.
Finish: Long and slightly bitterish. Vanilla, burnt wood, candied fruits, thick smoke and grapefruits.

It reveals itself quite late in the tasting but then it becomes very interesting, that’s your good friend who’s alwaaays late, you know what I mean?

Score: 85

Excellence Rhum Hampden 2000-2017 (54.6%, 195 bottles)

Colour: Light gold.
Nose: More expressive than the first one with peaches and overripe papayas notes that makes me think about some Long Pond. Then you go back to Hampden with candied pineapples, lemons, black olive tapenade, smoked sardines, white pepper, grapefruits, mangoes, nutmeg, wood and marzipan.
Mouth: Thicker texture than the first and it goes straight to the flavour department! Peaches, overripe papayas, mangoes, ripe bananas, nutmeg, candied lemons, olive oil, cake dough, wood, tannins, brine and olives. We meet the sugary notes again at the end of the mouth that contrast well with the acidulous side.
Finish: Long. Vanilla, thick smoke, canon powder, mint and almonds.

That’s a bit unusual and I really enjoyed it. One of my favorite 2000 Hampden, good job !

Score: 88

Berry Bro’s Hampden TWB 2000-2018 (58.1%, cask #54, 189 bottles)

Colour: Light gold.
Nose: I feel we’re grinding watts! It has a close pattern to the first one but with solvents addition. Peaches, pineapples, ripe bananas, fuel, leather, glue, polish, wood and white pepper. It could have been more balanced.
Mouth: There’s a candy side we didn’t have before! Glue, polished wood, tannins, pepper, candied pineapples, mangoes, bananas, lemons, oranges, grapefruits, black olives, brine and bourbon vanilla. This is astringent but it doesn’t make it unpleasant.
Finish: Powerful and drying. Dark smoke, candies, burnt wood, eucalyptus and marzipan.

More powerful and less balanced than the Excellence Rhum, but it remains a pleasant one.

Score: 86

It was close but the Excellence Rhum bottling clearly have my preference today. The conclusion didn’t change my mind, I still think the 2000 vintage is quite average and I’m still waiting for a stunner from this vintage! Cheers.

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