Habitation Velier Hampden LFCH Rum
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Habitation Velier Hampden LFCH Rum - 2011

Item # 39290 750mL
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Tasting Notes

In rum circles Hampden is one of the most talked about but least seen producers out there. For many, they are the pinnacle of the Jamaican style. This 7 year old bottling feels like a gift from the rum gods for all that have waited patiently for the Hampden drought to end. Aged entirely in the tropics the total angel share stole 49% of the rum before the remaining spirit was bottled at a barrel proof of 121. Far from being the funk bomb you might expect from a true Jamaican rum, this is powerful without a doubt but also graceful and range of notes here are well integrated into the alcohol. Flavors range from flambeed bananas, pure vanilla extract, pistachio filled nougat, chamomile, fresh ginger to sweet herbs and beyond. Viscous and slightly oily on the palate, this is incredibly approachable even at a proof this high but will certainly play well with water, ice or in cocktails. A real stand-out from a world class distillery.

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Staff Pick Notes

Jamaican rum is renowned for its deeply funky rums that incorporate seemingly disparate aromas into complex sums that are weird and rewarding. This rum is not one of those! This rum is something else entirely, and this is the rum that made me adore rum. Complex without knocking you out with funk, this is a truly refined and heady spirit from the post-Apocalyptic looking Jamaican distillery. The LFCH 2011 is aged entirely in the tropics and bottled at barrel strength with aromas of pineapple upside down cake, grilled bananas, candied ginger, vanilla meringue, marshmallow, crème caramel and dried herbs. A bottle of this broke in the store, and I couldn't get the aroma out of my head. It haunted me, and does to this day. A truly stellar bottling that I couldn't recommend more highly!!!

- VG

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