Project Description

PURE SINGLE JAMAICAN RUM

Embark on an exceptional journey to the heart of true Jamaican rum. With a rich heritage stretching back more than 250 years, and remarkable rum made to a time-honoured recipe, Hampden Estate delivers an authentic discovery of Jamaican rum.

HISTORY AND TERROIR

Wandering up the palm-lined drive, a visit to Hampden Estate is a little like travelling back in time. For this is a distillery steeped in history. A place where, if the walls could talk, they’d have centuries of tales to tell.

Set in the heart of the island, surrounded by untamed natural landscapes, it seems as if little has changed since Hampden was first established in 1753.

Remarkably, Hampden Estate is the only Jamaican estate that has remained open throughout its long history. The years may have passed, and one owner has handed the baton to the next, but the philosophy that underpins Hampden Estate rum has remained unchanged.

Hampden Estate Manor

The Lawson family remained the owners of Hampden Estate until 2002, when the Jamaican government bought the property. Although processing of sugar cane ceased, the distillery continued to export its rum in bulk. In 2009 the Hussey family purchased Hampden Estate, with the vision of preserving the estate’s ancestral rum production methods.

The family also added innovation to tradition, ageing casks on site for the first time in the estate’s history, in order to create the first official bottling. In 2018 bottles of aged rum bearing the name of Hampden Estate were finally exported, 265 years after the property was first established.

Hampden Distillery

PHILOSOPHY:
A TRUE PURE SINGLE RUM

Hampden Estate is one of only two remaining independent distilleries in Jamaica, and is often considered amongst the best in the world.

Hampden’s authentic approach, both demanding and traditional, gives birth to the singular and artisanal philosophy that makes for great rum. Often compared to the finest whiskies and eaux de vie, Hampden Estate rums are distilled in small batches in copper pot stills, like the best single malts or the greatest vintage cognacs.

In 2009, Hampden Estate entered a new era: for the first time in its long history, the distillery began to age its own rums on site, in order to bottle them in-house. These now proudly display their full name, and Hampden Estate’s official bottlings have become an essential addition to the collection of any true rum connoisseur.

THE GARGANO CLASSIFICATION:
WHAT IS A PURE SINGLE RUM?

The classification invented by Luca Gargano, a world-renowned expert in the world of rum, is based on the different ingredients and distillation methods used to make sugar cane-based spirits. The rums produced at Hampden Estate are made from molasses and are distilled in copper pot stills, which defines them as Pure Single Rums.

THE 5 PILLARS OF HAMPDEN ESTATE

KEY WORDS TO UNDERSTAND JAMAICAN RUM

THE HAMPDEN ESTATE
TASTING EXPERIENCE

Thanks to the uniquely aromatic profile, the rums of Hampden Estate appeal as much to seasoned connoisseurs as to those new to the category. From shaking up a refreshing cocktail to savouring a special bottle, the remarkable complexity of Hampden Estate rums offers wonderful versatility, and allowing these special rums to shine on any occasion.

Hampden Estate truly represents a new frontier in the world of premium rum.

Hampden Tasting

ON ICE

In an old-fashioned glass, poured over a large ice cube, Hampden Estate gets along wonderfully well with cool temperatures. The texture is transformed to velvet. With its higher alcohol content, the aromatic profile of Hampden Estate HLCF is also enriched by this subtle dilution, gently softening the palate.

Introducing Hampden

FOOD PAIRING

Enjoy Hampden Estate rums with an array of food pairings, from a piece of dark chocolate to a perfectly brewed cup of coffee. After dinner, it’s a perfect match for a rich full-bodied cigar. Preparing a Hampden Estate rum syrup is a great way to make your favourite dessert recipe exceptional. It’s a natural match with a traditional Jamaican cake, or a decadent topping for a bowl of vanilla ice cream.

Hampden tasting

MIXOLOGY

Classic cocktails or original creations are both elevated by the use of Hampden Estate rum. These premium Jamaican rums are wonderfully versatile, and from simple shakes to complex pours, the adaptability of Hampden Estate rum shines through.

Hampden Estate

NEAT

Go back to basics and appreciate the simple please of a pure Jamaican rum. For a satisfying and unforgettable experience where less truly is more, simply enjoy Hampden Estate rum neat in your favourite glass.