A Hampden distilled in 2010 and bottled in 2016 by the Genoese bottler Velier for the Habitation Velier range. HLCF stands for Hampden Light Continental Flavoured. At Hampden, different brands are distinguished by their ester content—500-700 g/hlaa in this case. This bottling caused quite a stir whe…More info
A Hampden distilled in 2010 and bottled in 2016 by the Genoese bottler Velier for the Habitation Velier range. HLCF stands for Hampden Light Continental Flavoured. At Hampden, different brands are distinguished by their ester content—500-700 g/hlaa in this case. This bottling caused quite a stir when it was released, introducing many enthusiasts to the strong character of this now famous Jamaican distillery. The Habitation Velier range showcases the stills used by its various distilleries, key elements in the world of rum, with famous examples including Guyana’s wooden stills. Velier was founded in Genoa by Casimir Chaix in 1947. It was originally a small, family-run business specializing in the import and distribution of wine and spirits. Luca Gargano, a former representative for Saint James and serious rum collector and enthusiast, bought the business in 1986 and began bottling whisky first in 1992 and then rum in 1996. It was in 1996 that Gargano bottled his first Demerara rums. In 2004, Gargano was invited to Guyana to select casks by his friend Yesu Persaud, then the CEO of Demerara Distillers Limited (DDL). This partnership ended in 2015 when Persaud retired, but the rums bottled in the meantime became legendary. The same can be said for the Caroni casks he bought in 2005, two years after the distillery closed, following a visit to Trinidad with Fredi Marcarini the previous year to take photos. These two lines of bottlings built the renown of Velier, today also known for its work in other parts of the Caribbean, such as Barbados, Jamaica, Haiti and Marie-Galante. Rums selected by Velier are only ever aged in a tropical climate, which explains both their concentration and the high angel’s share. They are generally bottled at cask strength or just below. Finally, Gargano has, for several years, fought for stricter classification of rum, even proposing his own model, which has since been adopted by several of Velier’s partners.
Rum, Jamaica. Distillery operational. Owner: Everglades Farms Ltd.
Independent & family-ownedKnown primarily in the rum, perfume and food industries, Hampden began to move out of the shadows in 2009 when the Jamaican government decided to disinvest from the national Jamaica Sugar Company and auctioned off its assets. The family-owned company Everglades Farms Ltd (owned by the Hussey family) secured the lot and became the owner of this gem which is now considered the alter ego of the Scottish distillery Ardbeg. This link with Scotland is no coincidence. Hampden Estate was bought in 1748 by Robert Stirling, who had left Perthshire (Scotland) in 1742. The Hussey family sells two expressions of its rum, including an Overproof which is particularly well-known in the bar and HORECA segment. But it was in 2017, when family-owned Italian (Velier) and French (LMDW) companies began distributing the first old rums, that Hampden really took off, rising to the ranks of the finest rums currently on the market.
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