We’re back with two more Kill Devil Hampden rums. Single cask, cask strength funk from Jamiaca. And yes you are correct these are the same age as the two others we released earlier this year – in fact these are sister casks. Both have been hugely popular, particularly the 16 year old. And don’t just take our word for how good they were, with both receiving outstanding scores on WhiskyFun.com :- Our 10 year old scoring 90 points and the 16 year old 91 points. High praise indeed. So, no pressure chaps!
Hampden 10 Year Old 2007 62.5%
A Hampden Distillery pot still, single cask and cask strength Jamiacan rum. Just sounds good. This 10 year old is a whopping 62.5% and just 270 bottles available. Donning Hunter Laing & Co’s fantastic Kill Devil bottle and label this 10 year old offer another big hitting Hampden. Similar to the last one, this younger vintage is off the scale in terms of funk pungency. Classic Hampden notes of parraffin, sweet vinegar and molasses but these are sharp and right up the nostrils. The palate carries these on tones. Big flavours with brown sugar and sun stroked pineapple and tropical fruits. All this wrapped up in a high ester brine that carries into the finish. Is this as bat-shit crazy as our previous 10 year old? We like to think so!
Hampden 16 Year old 2001 61.2%
So what does age give us? Comapred to the 10 year old above, a little restraint is on offer. But not much mind you. This is still a Hampden rum for fans of Hampden rum. The big Hampden notes as above are prevalent but with weightier savoury notes whipped through with strikes of strong fruits. Sharp fruits mix in with a pleasant solvent sugar. But there is an undeniable quality simmering beneath these big flavours. Complexity there to be discovered. Aged 16 years, this 2001 vintage is still high ABV at 61.2%. Only 156 bottles of this one are available.
These are two immensely complex rums. No one dimension here and plenty to keep your nose, palate and taste buds busy!