Nobilis Rum Hampden 1992

The seventh and the last Nobilis Rum release to date. I’m happy to see another Hampden in the pool because their ’93 release was truly a stunner. This one is a bit older and wear the HLCF mark. Actually there are a lot of Hampden releases so we can’t stop on average ones, we need the best! Will this one be a part of them?

Nobilis Rum Hampden 1992-2021 (60.2% , cask #NR07, 216 bottles, HLCF)

Colour: Light gold.
Nose: Fresh and aerial nose, it’s quite expressive but far away from the heavy high esters profiles. The ripe and candied pineapples leads the way, then we have mangoes, bananas, candied lemons, marzipan, oranges, khakis, white peaches, fuel, a very shy wood, glue, polish and a slight smoke in the background. Does I need to say the alcohol is very well integrated and that this is well balanced?
Mouth: Nice oily texture, it reveals it’s strength in that mouth. Lemon meringue pie, ripe pineapples, bananas, green olives, vanilla, candied lemons, some chunks of wood burning, wood glue, almonds, fresh paint, grilled sardines, engine oil, basil and oregano. This kind of mouth remember some of my favorite ’92 vintage like the Masam or Compagnie des Indes ones, great!
Finish: Long, powerful and drying. The typical dark smoke fill the whole mouth, mentholated freshness, roasted pineapples, glue, polished wood and candied fruits.

Overall it’s very different than the ’93 release, less « extreme » as we could expect it. We’re clearly in the same idea than the two other members of that new trio, classy and well executed. If you found the ’93 too hard you should really give a try to this one.
My personal preference goes without any hesitation to the ’93 but (unfortunately for my wallet) I really enjoyed this one as well, for the more calm days, let’s just say.

Score: 90

We’re now at the finish line for those new Nobilis Rum releases. I enjoyed a lot the experience with finally no bad surprises. It goes from good to stunning, honestly this W.I.R.D clash of the titans between Rum Artesanal and Nobilis Rum was a slap in the face.
I really look forward to discover the next bottlings. Thanks a lot Kenneth & the whole Nobilis Rum team, cheers!

If you want to read our articles about the previous Nobilis Rum releases you can find them right below :
Nobilis Rum #1 Enmore 1988
Nobilis Rum #2 Hampden 1993
Nobilis Rum #3 W.I.R.D 1986
Nobilis Rum #4 Long Pond 2000
Nobilis Rum #5 Enmore 1988
Nobilis Rum #6 Uitvlugt PM 1989

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