Long Pond 15 Year "ImpEx Collection" 2005 Single Cask Rum
Keen rum drinkers are probably well versed at this point in at least two or three of the big Jamaican distilleries. Appleton Estate has been at the forefront of the scene seemingly forever, and both Worthy Park and Hampden have had genuine renaissances in the last few years, putting out aged rum under their own name and label for the first time. Hampden in particular has become especially well-loved among the deep cut rum-heads for its intense expression of hogo, the word used to describe that Jamaican pot still rum funk, redolent of overripe fruit and nose tickling wildness. But Hampden is not necessarily the last word in pure and beautiful hogo; that distinction must be shared with one other historic distillery that has often flown under the radar: Long Pond.
Long Pond may not be first in terms of name recognition, but as this single cask bottling from the ImpEx Collection shows, their rums show all of our favorite things about pot still Jamaican rum:
On the nose, candied cherry, orange peel and orange marmalade, burnt sugar, ginger, black tea, a kiss of funk, and cinnamon all swirl together. The palate foolows through with more black tea, allspice, orange marmalade, bitter cocoa, and a tug of war between sweet and sour. The finish brings forward cookie dough, raisins, and a subtle but drying oak. All of these ride on a wonderfully oily and full mouthfeel, being bottled at a cask strength of 52.2% abv.