Hampden LROK Jamaica Single Rum
As with all of the Habitation Velier releases, this is pure, uncut rum from a traditional pot still, giving a full, genuine, and intensely flavorful look into what one of the great distillates of the rum world can do untouched. Distilled in a double retort pot still, this mark (LROK) specifically refers to rums with an ester content between 350-450 gr/hlpa, labeled "Light Rum Owen Kelly", or LROK as a shortened designation. It should be noted that this is a light rum only by Hampden Estate's standards, with an ester count far above almost all other rums on the market.
On the nose there is a wonderful but surprising initial hit of anise, along with cherry cola, overripe banana, poached mangos, pineapple upside down cake, vanilla frosting, a bit of olive brine, and a bit of spiritiness. This is after all right off the still without dilution of any kind. The palate is full of tart berries, pineapple juice, banana pudding, and fruit cocktail syrup, fresh with minerality, rosewater, prunes, toasted coconut shavings, and classic Jamaican hogo. The finish is floral, savory, and medium in length. Bottled at 57.8% abv.