HoustonNit Posted December 10, 2019 Share Posted December 10, 2019 I tried it against both the recent Velier 7yo 46% ABV Hampden and the Blackadder 16yo 58.1% ABV. It was too hot to drink neat (unlike the Blackadder which is super palatable at 58.1%)-- so I dialed it down to about 50%, and at that point it was very similar in most respects to the Velier 46%. So, although extremely tasty-- it wasn't worth twice the price of the base model. Both were missing the beautiful transformative delivery and complexity of the Blackadder-- but that's to be expected. The Hampden 46% is on my short list. I almost picked it up a week ago but the nearly $60 price tag made me pause. I feel this is overpriced by at least $10. I like rum and really like the Hampden funk and will likely break down and purchase this but rum is getting almost as bad as bourbon with pricing. A NAS rum less than 100 proof shouldn’t be priced at this amount. That being said I’m really enjoying rum. There’s a lot of variation by distiller. I think I enjoy the distinctive funk that I’ve seen from Jamaican runs the most. Guyanese has been excellent as in the example below. I like the Barbados Foursquare but maybe too much similarity with bourbon for my taste. The Smith & Cross has become my official mixer hope it sticks around. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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