Distiller: Hampden Estate
Bottler: Hampden Estate
Brand: Hampden Estate
ABV: 55% ABV
Nose: Funky and fresh: two words that don’t particularly get used together. Ripe banana, vibrant citrus zest, orange peel, lime and a touch of flaked salt. Rich maple, a good bit of funk, though dialed back a touch from the 2020.
Taste: Moderate mouthfeel, the ABV is well behaved. Sweet cream, a pinch of papaya, rich banana and honey. The funk is well integrated, there’s some soil, rotting fruit, a touch of rubber and funky maple that blends nicely with the strong citrus backbone, grated ginger and some moderate oak influence.
Finish: Lovely, long finish. Rich blend of fruit, funk, tannin and the ABV carries effortlessly.
Overall: Whether drinking neat, cocktailing or just tossing together a highball, there’s little doubt in my mind that 2021 is the Greatest House Yet, and I’ve already sought the replacement for my first purchased bottle. It’s damn good.
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