The Hampden Estate was founded in 1753 by a Scotsman called Archibald Sterling, in the Queen of Spain valley of Jamaica’s Trelawny parish. For 250 years it remained family owned, selling rum to third-party blenders and independent bottlers. Mismanagement however meant that by 2003 it was in financial trouble, with the Jamaican government stepping in to assume ownership and some of its debt in order to preserve the jobs of its employees. They sold it in 2009 to the Hussey family’s Everglades Farms, who as first point of business began laying down the casks that would eventually become the first Hampden Estate labelled official bottling of the distillery’s rum, launched in collaboration with Velier in 2018. Famed for its heavy, ester-driven style, Hampden is joined by Worthy Park as the only two Jamaican distilleries that produce exclusively pure single rums (using only pot stills). It currently has four pot stills: two from Forsyths in Scotland, one from Vendome in Kentucky, and another from T&T Engineering in South Africa.
An independently bottled Hampden. Bottling by Decadent Drinks for Whisky Sponge.
Like the Monymusk brand made at the neighbouring Clarendon, Hampden distillery has strong Scottish roots and is one of the oldest in Jamaica.
Colours: Banana Wallop
Noses: Impossible contortions of illegal swimming pools! Fruit of another universe arriving on sacred ester whales through warphole of quantum pummelling. Erotic flower arrangement with undersnippings of Murray-esque innuendo!
Tastings: Pineapple foghorn in subliminal mind-trouser, you are becoming a guavaphone. Condensed hospital, dictatorial olive groves. David Twattenborough, obese molecules and uninhabitable beanbag of fruit souls.
Finishings: Galloping into the future like eight legginged mega horse with bum pineapple chased by Ester the Rottwaller.
|Vintage||Multi-Vintage (2000 and 2001)|
|Age||19 Years Old|
|ABV/ Volume||55.4%/ 70cl|