Hampden The Great House Jamaican Rum 2020 Edition
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Hampden The Great House Jamaican Rum 2020 Edition

Item # 43527 750mL
$109.96/ Single Bottle
$659.76/ Case of 6
ABV
59.00%
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Tasting Notes

It can not be overstated how important this historic distillery not only in the world of distilled spirits but, for drinks in general, and the broader culture at large. Essentially continuously operating since 1779, its not just this independent distiller's age that makes it special but the fact that they still do nearly everything the old ways as well. It shows in their rums. This is the first of a new annual series of one-off special collectors batches. Created from 80% 2013 vintage OWH Rum and 20% High Ester 2017 vintage rum long fermented with wild yeasts and dunder, distilled in their famous copper double retort pot stills, aged entirely on the island and bottled at 59% abv. A stunning must have for all serious spirits fans. Very limited availability.


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Staff Pick Notes

This is one of those bottles where if you know, you know, and you don't need anyone else telling you that this should be in heavy rotation in your sipping regimen. The hype is real; the reputation genuinely earned. In this 2nd release of their Great House series, Hampden's own master distiller Vivian Wisdom turned to the distillery workers and created a blend based on their preferences. It's a 80/20 mix of OWH low-ester and Diamond H high-ester rums, pot distilled, aged in ex-bourbon barrels and bottled at 59% abv. Aromas of grilled pineapple, baked apples and spice are joined with toffee, burnt sugar and black tea on the palate. The heat blooms up front but quickly dissipates, revealing a depth of flavor and long, long, somewhat savory finish. Only 3,000 bottles of this were produced worldwide so grab it while you can.

- ALM

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