Review: Plantation 2005 Jamaica

Price: $60 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Long Pond & Clarendon / Maison Ferrand

Region: Jamaica

45.2% ABV

Distillate: Molasses

Aged For: 12 Years in Jamaica, 1 Year in France

Cask Type: Ex-bourbon, Ferrand Cognac Casks

Additives used: May have up to 0.1% E150a coloring

Color: Chestnut

Drank: Neat, in a snifter

Nose: Strong, with papaya, kiwi, and pineapple with an estery funky background. Earth, oak, banana, floral, and butter.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body

Palate/Taste: Buttery pastries, vanilla, funk, oak, peach, molasses, mint,

Finish: Medium warmth and long lasting, minty, earth, esters, oak, citrus, and walnuts

Thoughts: For me this is the right level of funk in my rum, present but now a completely overpowering experience.

Score: 84 out of 100

Review: Plantation Jamaica 2002

Price: $40 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Long Pond & Clarendon

Region: Jamaica

42% ABV

Distillate: Molasses

Aged For: 13 years, (10 Jamaica, 3 France)

Cask Type: 10 Years in ex-bourbon, finished 3 years in Pierre Ferrand Cognac Casks

Chill Filtered: Yes

Additives used: Yes

Color: Amber

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Funky esters, pepper, oak, vanilla, earth, herbs, copper, pineapple, basmati rice with raisins

Mouthfeel: Light bodied

Palate/Taste: Banana, pineapple, cinnamon, oak, orange, mint, coconut, plum

Finish: Light warmth, short to medium length, molasses, pineapple, esters, oak, nutmeg

Thoughts: Not the funk bomb a lot of Jamaican rums are, and it is sweet for Jamaican as well, but overall not a bad rum.

Score: 80 out of 100

Review: Hamilton Navy Strength

Price: $25 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: 60% Demerara Distillers & 40% Worthy Park / Caribbean Spirits Inc.

Region: Guyana & Jamaica

57% ABV

Distillate: Molasses

Aged For: NAS

Chill Filtered: No

Additives used: Undisclosed

Color: Auburn

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Banana, custard, walnuts, molasses, coconut, oak, and some sharp spices

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied

Palate/Taste: Chocolate, oak, tobacco, smoke, banana, light funk, pepper, and dried fruits

Finish: Long and very warm, kiwi, oak, lime, oak, pepper, smoke, leather, and tobacco

Thoughts: If you like your rum strong, a little rough around the edges with hints of funk and a blast of flavor this is a must try at the price point.

Score: 80 out of 100

Kill Devil 2007 Hampden 10-Year

Kill Devil 2007 Hampden 10

Price: $70 for 700ml

Distilled/Owned by: Hampden / Hunter Laing

Region: Jamaica

64.1% ABV

Distillate: Molasses

Aged For: 10 years, distilled 2007

Cask Type: Undisclosed

Chill Filtered: No

Additives used: No


Color: Pale gold

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Rubbery funk, nail polish, sour floral notes, rotten fruit

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and oily, then becomes dry

Palate/Taste: Honey, varnish, gasoline, grapefruit, vanilla, oak, pepper, and leather

Finish: Long and hot, honey, bitter, mango, pepper, and oak

Thoughts: I keep hearing a lot a praise for Hampden’s funk, but after trying this I don’t think it’s a profile I enjoy.

Score: 65 out of 100