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Hampden LROK White
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Hampden 2010 HGML
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History

[...] the Hampden Estate, a working plantation, rum distillery and sugar factory, complete with great house. Built in 1799, the great house is very impressive and unusual whitewashed structure with dark timbers and mansard roof. The sugar factory (working 24 hours a day) is open between January and July, while the distillery operates and is open for tours February to October.

[Source: St. James Parish Council, cit. 2005]

Hampden Sugar Estate has been privately owned and operated since it was built in the 1930s. The estate began to experience financial difficulties more than a decade ago, and despite Government's intervention through the Development Bank of Jamaica, with a capital injection of $185 million, the situation continued to deteriorate, to the extent that the estate went into receivership on December 21, 1999. This, however, did not halt the deterioration and Government, through the Sugar Company of Jamaica, took over the running of the estate on April 19, 2002.

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The factory is in an advanced stage of deterioration, with a 90-year-old boiler, a 62-year-old clarifier, among other things. Hampden, which has the capacity to produce 15,000 tonnes of sugar per crop, and was producing to capacity in the late '70s and '80s, in the 2001/2002 crop year, produced only 5,000 tonnes of sugar.

[Source: People's National Party, cit. 2003]

The higher-ester examples, such as Hampden's DOK mark, starts with 500-esters rum and then redistill, it a second time to concentrate the esters still further but, crucially, don't include any fusel oils.

[Source: Dave Broom, Jason Lowe: Rum, cit. 2003]

While we see it necessary to close the Hampden factory, we are very confident about the future of Hampden. Our decision to terminate milling operations at the Hampden factory is complemented by plans to increase the utilisation of the distillery and the cane lands at the Hampden Division. The estate will be restructured and reorganised to concentrate on rum production and cane farming.

Most of you would be aware that the Hampden distillery produces bulk rum, which commands premium prices on the international market. Major customers are domiciled in Germany, Holland and Scotland. The demand for Hampden rum is normally greater than output and the operations have been consistently profitable.

While the distillery currently receives several services from the sugar factory we are confident that the profitability of the rum business will be enhanced from the reorganisation and streamlining of the distillery operated as an autonomous entity. The distillery will take delivery of cane juice from the Long Pond factory and, as is currently the case, will source molasses from Caribbean Molasses. Power was being supplied by the factory in a very inefficient manner and closure will allow for streamlining and sizing of the diesel unit to supply power in the most cost effective manner.

We are also pursuing plans to supplement the sale of bulk rum with the sale of a limited quantity of high value branded rum. This initiative will be pursued as part of an EU grant funded project through the West Indies Rum and Spirits Pool Association.

[Source: Hands Across Trelawny, cit. 2003]

Hampden Estate was closed in December, 2002.

[Source: IUF - UITA - IUL, cit. 2003]

1753
The earliest survey of Hampden was in 1684 by the surveyor, Mr. Thomas Goddard. Formalized in 1743, Hampden operated as a large sugar plantation circa 1753 under the ownership of Mr. Archibald Stirling of Scotland.

1779
In 1779 Mr. Sterling built the Hampden Great House of which the ground floor served as a rum store until the early 1900s.

1827
Post 1827 the estate came into the ownership of D.O. Kelly-Lawson who became Custos of St. James in 1875 and Justice Of The Peace of Trelawny. His daughter Ena Kelly-Lawson married a Mr. Farquharson, which on her death, inherited Hampden. The estate which is set within the famed “Queen of Spain Valley” consists of approximately 3500 acres.

World War 1
During World War 1, Hampden constructed the Hampden Wharf in Falmouth for shipment of its sugar and rums which is today a major entry port for some of the world’s largest cruise ships such as RCL “Harmony, Symphony and Oasis of The Seas” Additionally, the wharf facilities currently serve now as a major tourist hub. The estate has donated lands for schools, housing and for many other social infrastructure uses.

1955
In 1955, the old boiler house, which was located at Gales Valley on the Estate, was donated by the owners of Hampden to Her Royal Highness Princess Alice, who was then Chancellor of the UWI. She arranged for it to be dismantled, block by block. Each building stone was meticulously numbered, then transported to the University of the West Indies, Mona Campus and reassembled. It took three years to complete the task. When it was done, this beautiful Georgian building, made with finely dressed limestone from Hampden Estate, was reborn as the University Chapel, which is today considered an architectural gem.

2003
The Farquarsons operated the estate producing sugar and rum until 2003 when it came under the ownership of the Jamaica Sugar Company of Jamaica. The estate is renowned for possessing the best cane lands in Jamaica producing the highest Ton Sugar from Ton Cane milled. During this time its rums were exported exclusively to Europe, England and Scotland.

2009
In 2009, Everglades Farms Ltd. owned by the Hussey family, acquired the estate via public bid through divestment procedures of the Jamaica Sugar Company assets, owned by the Government of Jamaica. Since the acquisition, Everglades Farms has invested heavily into the estates, provided jobs throughout Trelawny and provide considerable financial and other infrastructure support more than 17 communities and schools. This has brought renewed hope to the people of the region and to the economy of Trelawny. The Hussey family is committed to preserving the great traditions of Hampden and to the preservation of old family business values, a necessary prerequisite given that several of Hampden’s current customers can trace their orders back several generations.

[Source: Hampden Estate, cit. 2003]


Here are full texts from the labels

jm101: Finest old Jamaica rum; Pippa; Pippa-Rum; Good Companions Pippa + Rum; Distilled at Hampden in The Parish of Trelawny, Jamaica, B.W.I.

jm_139: Hampden Estate Pure Single Jamaican Rum; The High Ester Art; Produced using the ... unique and secret methods since 18th century. The result is a spirit with an unmistakable aromatic ..., thanks to a very high level of esters. Fully Matured in the Tropics; Aging for 8 years in tropical climate produces an angel's share equivalent to 25 years aging in Europe.Trelawny Endemic Rum; Trelawny is famous for its biodiversity in Cockpit Valley its most remote area, there are 26 spices of native Jamaica birds, the largest butterfly in the Western hemisphere, and the last Jamaican crocodiles. The rum, produced a few miles from Cockpit Valley using a centurios-old savoir faire, is unique and unreproducible anywhere else. Wild fermentation. Extremly extended fermentation with nature yeasts. Only Pot Still; 100% artisanal distillation in cooper double mtort pot still; Spring Water; Throughout the production process we use solely water flowing from a natural source, that collects into an uncontaminated resource; Natural Colour; There is no need to add anything to out rum genuine with no maqulage; Sugar free; 70 cl e; Distilled at Hampden Distillery, Trelawny - Jamaica, W.I.; 46% vol

jm_138: Hampden Estate Pure Single Jamaican Rum; Overproof; The High Ester Art; Produced using the ... unique and secret methods since 18th century. The result is a spirit with an unmistakable aromatic ..., thanks to a very high level of esters. Fully Matured in the Tropics; Aging for 8 years in tropical climate produces an angel's share equivalent to 25 years aging in Europe.Trelawny Endemic Rum; Trelawny is famous for its biodiversity in Cockpit Valley its most remote area, there are 26 spices of native Jamaica birds, the largest butterfly in the Western hemisphere, and the last Jamaican crocodiles. The rum, produced a few miles from Cockpit Valley using a centurios-old savoir faire, is unique and unreproducible anywhere else. Wild fermentation. Extremly extended fermentation with nature yeasts. Only Pot Still; 100% artisanal distillation in cooper double mtort pot still; Spring Water; Throughout the production process we use solely water flowing from a natural source, that collects into an uncontaminated resource; Natural Colour; There is no need to add anything to out rum genuine with no maqulage; Sugar free; 70 cl e; Distilled at Hampden Distillery, Trelawny - Jamaica, W.I.; 60% vol

it_140: Hampden; Jamaican Pure Single Rum; LROK; 100% Pot Still distillation; Molasses: Hampden Estate, Jamaica; Esters: 350 g/hlpa; Bottled: 2018; Sugar free; Figh proof; 70 cl e; Distilled at Hampden Estate, Trelawny, Jamaica, W.I.; 62,5% vol; Habitation Velier; The House of Pure Single Rums

it_149: Hampden; 2010; Jamaica Pure Single Rum; HGML; Double retort pot still by Forsyths operating at Hampden Estate; 100% Pot Still distillation; Distilled: 2010; Bottled: 2019; Aged: 9 y.o.; Aged in the tropics / Angel share > 64%; Sugar free; Barrel proof; 70 cl e; Distilled in a Double Retort Pot Still at Hampden Estate, Trelawny, Jamaica, W.I.; 62% vol; Habitation Velier; The House of Pure Single Rums

it_153: Hampden; 2010; Jamaica Pure Single Rum; A high esters expression of Hampden Estate; HLCF; Double retort pot still by Forsyths operating at Hampden Estate; 100% Pot Still distillation; Distilled: 2010; Bottled: 2016; Aged: 6 y.o.; Esters 550 gr/laa; Aged in the tropics / Angel share > 68.5%; Sugar free; Barrel proof; 70 cl e; Distilled in a Double Retort Pot Still at Hampden Estate, Trelawny, Jamaica, W.I.; 68,5% vol; Habitation Velier; The House of Pure Single Rums

it_151: Hampden; 2011; Jamaica Pure Single Rum; LFCH; Double retort pot still by Forsyths operating at Hampden Estate; 100% Pot Still distillation; Distilled: 2011; Bottled: 2018; Aged: 7 y.o.; Esters 200 gr/laa; Aged in the tropics / Angel share > 40%; Sugar free; Barrel proof; 70 cl e; Distilled in a Double Retort Pot Still at Hampden Estate, Trelawny, Jamaica, W.I.; 62% vol; Habitation Velier; The House of Pure Single Rums


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