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…

Selected Cask Community 2018 (January-June)

The Selected Cask Community (SCC) is a monthly rum subscription by the self titled “sensorisches Wunderkind” (sensoric prodigy) Nicolas Kröger. Sorry, I just had to mock that ;). But who cares as long as his selections live up to what’s advertised. With this subscription we get a 10cl sample of one absolutely unadulterated rum per month, which…

Three new unaged Jamaicans by Habitation Velier

Unaged Rum, one of the spirit’s biggest advantages over Whisky, say (there are many more, mind you!). Also it is always very interesting to compare raw distillates with aged expressions, even if they “only” have the same mark but don’t come from the same batch. Habitation Velier Hampden “LROK” 2018 (62,5%): They declare 350g/hlaa esters…

Hampden – two pairs of LROK

LROK, Light Rum Owen Kelly, is a mark used by Hampden to denote the ester range of 200-400 g/hlaa, which make it a Wedderburn rum (at least). The mark is probably most well-known from the rums of the 2000 batch, which have been released by a whole bunch of different bottlers. I have reviewed some…

Hampden 1992

1992 is one of if not the first Hampden vintage I’ve had. These rums wear the HLCF marque and thus have an ester concentration between 500 and 700 g/hlaa. Despite being relatively extreme expressions (relative to other rums, not relative to other Hampdens), these rums have become somewhat elegant over the years and the fruity…

Advent Calendar 2018 Blind Tasting Part III

We’ve crossed the halfway line (oh my, this really went quickly this time) and continue with doors 13 to 18. Advent Calendar 2018 Blind Tasting Part I (1-6) Advent Calendar 2018 Blind Tasting Part II (7-12) Advent Calendar 2018 Blind Tasting Part III (13-18) Advent Calendar 2018 Blind Tasting Part IV (19-24) Transcontinental Rum Line…

Hampden Estate Pure Single Jamaican Rum 7YO

After a long time we are finally having a set of official bottlings again. What’s even better is that they come from Hampden, one of my very favorite distilleries. Today we compare the Hampden Estate Pure Single Jamaican Rum at 46% with its Overproof cousin. The Bottlings While these are official bottlings, even the blind…

Rum Cask finished Whiskies

I decided to dedicate the entire month of August to other spirits than rum. Naturally, this means mostly whiskies but other lovely spirits will find their way onto this blog as well. Generally, I think doing this is useful for several reasons: I also enjoy other spirits occasionally and believe that doing something else than rum…

Letter of Marque Hampden “DOK” 2009 8YO

If you have been following the rum scene on Social Media you may know it already but if not, I have very exciting news for you. Together with my buddies from Rumboom and Barrel Aged Thoughts I have been involved in a very special project: We are about to release our very own rum! Under the…