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Swell De Spirits HMPDN 2011 Jamaican Pot Still Rum


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Key Facts About This Pot Still Rum

Bottler: Swell De Spirits

Founder: Michael Barbaria

Range: Wonders Of The World #3

Distillery: Hampden

Age: 10 years old

Distilled: June 2011

Matured: Matured in Jamaica until October 2018

Bottled: August 2021

Spirit: Single pot still Jamaican rum, molasses

Alcohol by Volume: Cask strength at 67.4%

Bottled: Natural colour and without chill filtration

Outturn: 324 bottles

Bottle Size: 500ml

Awards: Scored 90 points on WhiskyFun

Hampden 10 Year Old Tasting Notes

Official tasting notes, neat

Nose: Let's hear it for esters! Apple juice and pear drops open the nose. Then it heads to the coast with fresh sea air, jet ski oil and a neoprene wet suit. Cricket played on the hot beach using bats polished with linseed oil. There are stalls with cakes including sugary ring doughnuts and cinnamon cakes dusted with icing sugar. A fruit stall laden with pineapple, limes and blood oranges. Gleaming jars of golden runny honey and thick lime flower honey. Someone drinking Armagnac surveys the scene. They're wearing a denim jacket with a suede tobacco pouch in their pocket and leather boots with freshly glued new rubber heels.

Palate: An explosion of flavours with a smooth and thick mouthfeel. Fruits aplenty for starters – a pineapple bombe, strawberries, coconuts and orchard notes. The main course is steak seasoned with black pepper and a salt crust. For dessert, plantain with spicy syrup, hot apple slices studded with cloves and tamarind and drizzled with honey, a slice of ginger cake. Bowls of orange sweets and dark chocolate enrobed ginger. After dinner, going surfing in a wetsuit on a freshly sealed surfboard.  

Finish: Long and lingering. Dry and spicy. Ginger syrup over hot plantain, plus pineapple and a bouquet of flowers.

Official tasting notes, with water

Nose: With an ABV this high and all those lovely esters, it's worth adding a few drops of water. Salt water taffies emerge before heading to a building site with hot nail guns, a bucket of glue, paint and freshly hewn timbers. Fresh, aromatic wines follow with Riesling, Gewürztraminer and Bacchus. Spices in the form of crystallised ginger, star anise and cough sweets, plus liquorice pipes and the hot oil of food stalls.

Palate: It's smoother and full of sweet desserts. Black Forest gateau, chocolate bombe with chocolate ice cream, rum baba, and spiced pastries. Crystallised fruits served on a pine table. A medicine cabinet to the side, containing iodine, antiseptic cream and crepe bandages.

Finish: Full of Christmas spices, greens on the mantelpiece with yule logs in the fireplace.

You can also read Ed's tasting notes in his review of Swell De Spirits' Hampden Jamaican Rum here.

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Meet The Founder

Michael Barbaria

Swell de Spirits was founded by Michael Barbaria in 2021. Michael's two great loves in life are exceptional spirits, and surfing. So he launched independent bottler Swell de Spirits to combine his love of both.

In a relatively short period Michael has made a big mark on the world of artisan spirits. And gained quite a fan base around the world. Rather than focus on one particular spirits category, Michael bottles them all - as he loves them all. From world whiskies, through rums, to cognacs and more. But what they all have in common is that they really are exceptional quality. Michael has an excellent palate and leans towards big flavour bombs. Each of his releases is beautifully present, and some of the label designs are works of pop art in their own right.