Stolen Overproof - 61.5% abv.
Updated: Dec 26, 2018
Stolen overproof pot still Jamaican rum - aged 6 years - Hampden Estate - 61.5% abv. - Going with Johnny Drejer’s lead tonight and will dig in to the Stolen overproof. Firstly, before I get in to this, a brief background on how I came across this one. I had seen a few posts about this rum and always been intrigued, so when I got the opportunity to snag one while I was in San Francisco, I did so immediately. Once I posted a photo of it, I received a message from Johnny telling me this was the same juice as Velier’s Hampden 2010 HLCF. If you have tasted this, then you know why I opened it, tasted it to see if it were remotely true, and promptly returned to the shop and bought all 13 bottles they had left...now for the notes: Woody. Light but prominent in many ways. Oak with vanilla hints. Cinnamon bark. Camp fire. Pine cones. Charcoal. Cloves. Almost like sitting in front of the fire place on Christmas Eve with mulled wine and apple crumble being made in the kitchen. Then come the fruity notes. Banana flambé and cocoa. Roasted pineapple. Mango, strawberry shortcake...And hints of the white glue you were allowed to use as a kid, finishing off with honey. On the palate, the smoke and wood is much less present. Some of the bitter aspects that go along with it are strong though. As if you’ve taken Almonds, cinnamon and cloves and left them in a hot pan just a little too long. Pineapple peel. Unripe banana. Coconut. Dark bitter chocolate. White pepper...followed by everything that goes with a garage. Oil. Diesel. Rubber. Plastic. Delicious. And something that reminds me of a sour mash. Can’t quite put my finger on it... This one comes on strong and lingers for quite a while. The overproof is clear. The taste of plastic and over-ripe strawberries stays with you. Simple delightful.
HLCF? Definitely the same breed. The same rum? Absolutely NOT. The fruitiness is less. The wood is heavy. But it’s an animal in its own right. Banging juice. And for that price?!! Yup!!!