1992 Hampden 24 Year Old "Golden Devil" Single Barrel Jamaican Rum (750ml) SKU #1282486

$199.99

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Tasting Notes

Hampden is one of Jamaica's oldest sugar estates, dating back to the 1750s, and its rum is one of our favorites here at K&L. We purchased a 14 year old cask of Hampden a few years back that has since become a cult classic, and we're also huge fans of the Smith & Cross pot still rum, which is contracted from the facility. Hampden isn't just known for being one of Jamaica's best rums, it's also known for being one of the funkiest and most flavorful; the result of a long, rustic fermentation process that is renowned for being as old school as it gets. This ancient 24 year old single cask is going to test the ester limits of even the most faithful Jamaican rum drinkers. Imagine a pineapple and mango Hi-Chew candy dipped in petrol followed by an intense and lasting note of vanilla, fruit tea, menthol, and gasoline. If that sounds too weird, this isn't the rum for you. This isn't Ron Zacapa. This is serious, glorious, and spell-binding Jamaican rum, only for the most dedicated of Tiki fans.

Staff Reviews

  • Andrew Whiteley
    By: Andrew Whiteley
    12/17/2016
    K&L Staff Member
    Fuuunky. Like a chicken - or James Brown. But weirder. Ala Frank Zappa. This crazy rum is loaded with candied plants - ginger and anise in particular. If you've ever had Dutch Dubbel Zoute Drop you'll know what I mean. It's salty, it's savory, it's hard and hard to understand, but at the same time, I like them.There is a fusel/petrol quality that feels almost like a summer on the lake a little too close to the marina. Burnt rubber, cooked fruits, and toasted sesame seed crackers round the whole thing out. Not for the faint of heart -- abandon hope all ye who enter here. This is classic Tiki and will make your head spin, and if you're of the lucky few -- you'll have bought 2 before they're gone.
  • Jeffrey Jones
    By: Jeffrey Jones
    12/10/2016
    K&L Staff Member
    Interesting, delicious and very good. There is a floral fruitiness offering up dried fruits and mango and guava flavors. It is a taste of the tropics that is pure and subtle. There is a long finish with savory and earthy notes.
  • David Driscoll
    By: David Driscoll
    12/7/2016
    K&L Staff Member
    I had to get a little clever with the math to get this 24-year-old Hampden in for $99.99, but it was worth doing. The real price should be somewhere around $160, but I'm a realist: I understand that introducing something this esoteric, wacky, and completely misunderstood to the larger market needs to be done with kid gloves, so I've managed to subsidize this selection. Hampden is the grandaddy of funky Jamaican rums. It's the DRC of the Tiki world. The Pappy of tropical funk. But, like your first cigar, this ancient 24-year-old expression isn't something everyone will gravitate towards right away. It's a wild ride of pineapple taffy, gasoline, sweet spice, nail polish, and mushy banana. I've already taken orders from rum fans around the world who were practically weeping at the opportunity to buy this stuff. But, again, it's a very particular product for the most educated of all rum palates.

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