2001 Hampden 16 Year Old "Faultline" K&L Exclusive Single Barrel Cask Strength Jamaican Rum (750ml)

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The Hampden Distillery is easily the world's most important and historical rum distillery still in operation. The Estate is redefining the meaning of terroir when it comes to rum. Located in the lush tropical northwestern Trewlawny Parish, the Hampden Estate has been cultivating and process cane since at least the middle of the 18th century. Not long after commercial sugar production started, distillation followed. The Hampden Estate produced rum in more or less the same way for the next 250 years, surviving on bulk sales to blenders in Europe. The powerful flavors of Jamaican rum are created through the cultivation of certain flavor elements that occur during fermentation called esters. These powerful aromatic components are traditionally present in Jamaican rum through the cultivation of the spent lees of distillation (called dunder) in what is known as a muck pit. These carefully regulated biological rich fermenters can sit for months or even years to develop incredible levels of bacteria especially good a producing esters. The thing about esters is that when you combine them with oxygen, oak and time, they create long chained flavor molecules that humans perceive as delicious complexity. Hampden produces the very highest ester rums and to find one this old at this point in the rum revolution is an absolute coup. Few products will ever match this incredible cask in either the complexity or power of its flavors. Hands down one of the best spirits of the year.

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By: Jackson Lee | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/21/2018 | Send Email
Rum for the geeks! Funky notes of pencil shavings, iodine, burnt tires, demerara, caramelized banana, and filbert nuts were all trying to shove themselves to the front of the line as this que of aromas vied for the dominant spot. At first, I was torn; I couldn’t decide if it was for me. The longer I sat and smelled, however, the more it warmed up to me (or I to it). Tasting the rum yielded a mirror of the same notes with the addition of roasted apples opening the show. The finish was long but I got distinct notes of dried apples and bananas (which then got the song with the same name stuck in my head for the rest of the day).

By: David Othenin-Girard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/13/2018 | Send Email
There's no question that this unbelievable cask of Hampden is one of the most special rums we'll ever see here at K&L. Comparable even to the insane 24 year we bottled some years ago and perhaps even more prodigious. I think it's even higher ester than our first Hampden, but at this age it rests in perfect balance between the heady funk, tropical fruit, sweet oak spices and the tension of the high proof. There's something endearing or maybe even romantic about something so utterly unchecked in its expressiveness. There's no doubt some people will get this home and think to themselves, "who the hell drinks this stuff?" And the answer is me. Nothing is more pleasurable to me then well aged Jamaican rum without all the crap adorning it. Give it another go and imagine how historic and unique this product truly is. If that doesn't work for you, get some orgeat and make a Mai Tai. It's won't be cheap but it might change your life.

By: Jeffrey Jones | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/9/2018 | Send Email
This is one of the most interesting rums that I have ever tasted. But it is more than interesting, it is absolutely delicious. In the nose there are enticing pretty aromas of sweet savory, light smoke like smells and soft fruit. In the mouth it gets event better and tastes like a dry, savory fruit dish. There is a long creamy and oily finish. It is enjoyable without water but a few drops opens this rum up.

By: Andrew Whiteley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/8/2018 | Send Email
Perhaps the most flavorful and complex spirit on our shelves at the moment. Nothing really compares to Jamaican heavy pot still rum. An fascinating array of flavors ranging from toasted sesame, jasmine flowers, baked bread, roasted meats with caramelized BBQ sauce, salted fruits, soy sauce, a fresh can of tennis balls, sweet vanilla, caramel, petrichor, there is more flavor here than can possibly be described. With all of that craziness going on it's easy to think it only has a place in the most complex tiki cocktails, but in truth, I enjoy it with several ice cubes for dilution as an easy to make but exceedingly complex cocktail.

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Alcohol Content (%): 62.5