Hampden Great Houses

Not sure why, but some of our US bros seem to have difficulties to pronounces the name of “Hampton” distillery. It is really not that difficult actually! So just for you, we have a pair of Hampton Great Houses today! (please excuse the stupid joke – we just couldn’t think of anything much better, these…

Hampden, LROK edition

Jamaica’s finest distillery, today without a vintage but a marque instead. LROK (Light Rum Owen Kelly, Esters: 200-400 g/hlaa) is the between-ager of Hampden for me. I believe that Hampden is at its best when it comes to the ultra high ester marques (HLCF and beyond), while Rums with the OWH or LFCH marque feel…

Hampden 1990

One of, if not the most legendary Hampden batch. Sure, 1993 might have produced the very best Hampden ever, yet 1990 just seems to be a bit better overall. By the way, these Rums wear the marque C<>H, which stands for an ester range of 1300-1400 gr/hlaa. Berry Bros & Rudd Hampden 1990 17YO (46%):…

Hampden 2019 Single Cask collection

We have good news for you. Firstly, our buddy Artur finally managed to launch his blog “The Dunder Hut”. As if that weren’t good enough already, we did do todays tasting together and you will thus not only get my opinion of the rums, but Artur’s as well. So make sure to check that out…

Three new Habitation Veliers

Getting your hands on a bottle of Habitation Velier has never been this difficult, has it!? Anyway, we managed to get a bundle of all three new releases -we’ve split them of course- and are keen to check them out. Habitation Velier Privateer 2017 3YO (55,6%): I’ve read that this one contains not only the…

Bearing(!?) Blends Part II

This is the follow-up to last week’s tasting, which turned out to be a bit bigger than I expected so I decided to split it into two parts. Transcontinental Rum Line Night Rambler (Haiti & Jamaica, 42%): An unaged, high ester blend that was made for the bar scene, I suppose. It’s a blend of…

Hampden 2007

The 2007 Hampden batch actually shouldn’t exist. After all, the distillery just resumed production in 2009. Apparently NRJ ran a couple of distillations in 2007 so that we are getting this batch now. This is interesting since it seems likely that entirely different people might have produced this rum than those who have been employed…

Ethereal – A Single Cask Rum bottling

I am super happy to announce the first bottling for and by this little blog! Together with our buddy Dominik from Rum Artesanal, we are proud to release “Ethereal”, a magnificent blend featuring three of our very favorite distilleries with some of the best vintages that have ever come out of them! So why a…

Hampden – 13, 12, 11 or 5, 6, 7

A quick and brief session today with a trio of Hampdens, spanning the vintages 2011-2013. You probably didn’t notice but the title ryhmes. Rum Exchange Hampden 2013 5YO (61,5%): The rum has spent two years in a former Oloroso cask and while Hampden and Sherry typically isn’t a good combination it comes from 1423 (S.B.S),…

Hampden 1993

Hampden 1993 – this little combination of letters and numbers is what makes rum connoisseurs’ hearts beat faster. First and foremost there’s the Samaroli Hampden 1993 21YO, arguably one of the best rums ever bottled but other rums from the batch, though mostly diluted, come considerably close. The only other rum from the batch we’ve reviewed…

German Rum Festival Berlin 2019 – Part I

We’ve spent last weekend in Berlin at and around the 9th edition of the German Rum Festival, one of the by now most important Rum gatherings in the world. But before the festival kicked off on Saturday, me and a few fellow rum geeks received an invitation by Rum Artesanal (RA) to join their boat…

Hampden HGML (2010 vs 1983)

We have a new tropically aged Hampden and what many seem to believe, a new Hampden mark. But that’s far from the truth. However, we have to go way back in time if we want to compare the mark. In fact, the only other HGML vintage I know is 1983 and for quite some time…