Hampden, 22 year old, 52.9% – Duncan Taylor

Hampden you say? There is no such distillery in the known whisk(e)y world!

That is correct. Hampden is a rum distillery in/on Jamaica. Duncan Taylor made this blend out of their product with the youngest ingredient being 22 years old. This is rather old for a rum in my book. The rum is a blend of 10 casks and came out at 52.9% abv.

Yesterday I wrote about me not liking old rums. Let’s see if this one already qualifies as one.

Hampden 1990 - Duncan Taylor

Hampden 1990 – Duncan Taylor

Yes it does. At first sniff I wrote down “WTF”, while I actually know what’s going on. It’s an old rum. They tend to smell and taste like marmite. I don’t like marmite, but let’s give this one a fair shot, shall we?

There’s a certain smell of stewed beef and beef stock with lots of rotting wood. I also get that same chemical sweetness that I found in the previous one, and artificial sweetener. The combination of beef, wood and sweetness is not necessarily bad, but that marmite variety is what I don’t like.

Very dry and sharp. Because of the high alcohol content it doesn’t feel all that sweet and thick. There’s also dry wood, crushed pepper and the molasses sweetness of rum in general.

The finish is turning a little bitter, it’s long and gives more hints of molasses and sugar. The sweet fruity sugariness is getting bigger and this reduces the marmite flavours too.

So, in the end, I’m not a fan, but this rum certainly has it’s redeeming qualities over the marmite and yeast extract flavours. At 22 years old it’s getting too old for me, but I know for a fact that if you like old rums, this might be a very good one!

Hampden, Jamaica, 1990-2012, 22 years old, Duncan Taylor, 52.9%. It’s available at Single Malts Direct for £ 110.

Thanks to Duncan Taylor and Karen for the sample!

About Sjoerd de Haan-Kramer

I'm very interested in booze, with a focus on whisky. I like to listen to loads of music and play lots of Magic: the Gathering, and board games too. I'm married to Anneke, have two daughters Ot and Cato, a son Moos and a cat called Kikker (which means Frog, in Dutch). I live in Krommenie, The Netherlands.
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