Hampden LROK The Younger 47% 2016
€ 60,50 (in. BTW)
|Serie||LROK The Younger|
|Streek||Hampden Estate, Trelawny|
|Conditie||In Orginal Box|
Founded in 1753, Hampden Estate has been distilling rum for over three centuries in the Trelawny Parish, historically the grand cru of Jamaican rum.
Hampden Estate is known for producing a wide variety of distillates. Depending on several parameters, such as the duration of the fermentation or the addition of dunder (the remains of a previous distillation), a rum is given a certain mark. The mark LROK stands for Light Rum Owen Kelly, and is one of the marks produced at Hampden Estate and refers to a rum with a high concentration of esters, from 200 to 400 g/hLPA.
Aged for 5 years in the tropical climate of Jamaica, Hampden Estate LROK The Younger combines aromatic intensity through its tropical aging with the freshness of a young rum.
Nose: Delicate. Mango, banana, pepper and tones of varnish/lacquer.
Taste: Soft and tasty. Fresh pineapple juice and orange zest.
Finish: Long and pleasant. Warm sugar cane juice and cloves.
Serge Valentin (87)
A little Wedderburn sheltering 314.8 gr esters per HLPA. Long live precision! This should go down easy and effortlessly. Colour: white wine. Nose: citrons running the show, together with light varnishes and green pears. Some American oak has added some roundness, some vanilla, and some fresh ripe bananas, plus a feeling of cane juice, rather agricole-style. This is smoother and rounder than any of the whites from the Collection, from the OWH up to the crazy DOK. Mouth: much Hampdenness at first (varnish and olives) but once again, the sweet American oak made it almost cakey, almost as if someone had added some maple syrup. Now, lemons are coming to the recuse, re-establishing balance and zestiness. A little saltiness finishes the job. Finish: medium to long, very citrusy, and actually just excellent. I think we got a little bit spooked over nothing. Comments: super mega good, easy for Hampden. Just like with Pliny, the Younger can match the Elder; now you do feel, at times, that the oak was not that necessary. I know some true rum afficionados that would always, ever favour the whites.