Jamaica’s Hampden Estate distillery is preparing to follow up on last year’s set of eight unaged rums across representing their eight main styles of rum with a new set that shows us what those rums are like after a year of tropical aging in ex-bourbon casks.Continue reading “Hampden Estate prepares to release a new aged Eight Marks set.”
I’ve maintained Google Sheets that track releases from Foursquare, Renaissance, and Hampden Estate for a few years, and today I’ve updated them and added links to them from the References page on this site:
- Renaissance Rum bottlings. Renaissance is a rum distillery in Taiwan that’s famous for the volume of information on their labels. This is a collection of that information in a Google Sheet.
- Foursquare releases. We all know Foursquare in Barbados, this is primarily a tracker for their ECS and private bottlings as well as releases from Velier. There are tabs for Doorly’s, Real McCoy, and RL Seale but those aren’t complete or updated, and I may eventually just delete them. Ignore them unless you’re willing to help me make them more accurate.
- Hampden Estate Endemic Birds bottles. Velier began releasing a series of Hampden Estate rums across three marques several years ago, the labels highlight different birds that are native to Jamaica. Because people really like collecting things, many in the rum community have sought these bottles out. Unfortunately, many online lists are incomplete or inaccurate (including Hampden Estate’s own list on their site). I’ve tried to make this as complete as possible based on bottles sold at sites like Rum Auctioneer and various retail sites.
These lists are probably missing information and I’d love updates. Especially if you can cite sources/bottle labels to confirm the information.
Note: I started typing this in late 2021 before the collection was released. It’s since been released, and I’ve added a section at the end with release details. I’m publishing it today and leaving the first part of the article as-is, so you’ll see it referred to it as an upcoming release.
There’s been a lot of excitement around the upcoming Hampden Estate 8 Marks Collection release from Velier next year, but very few sightings and tastings of the actual set. Fortunately, Velier sent the great Daniele Biondi to Whisky Live Singapore in November, and I was able to taste the set at his Hampden masterclass!Continue reading “Hampden 8 Marks Collection Tasting at Whisky Live Singapore”
You may remember hearing rumors about this set in early August, when an announcement was accidentally posted early to Hampden Estate’s Facebook page and then deleted once excited discussions started in rum forums.Continue reading “Hampden Estate announces 8 Marks Collection set”