Appearance : burnished gold.
Nose : refined, lively. On the first nose, orange zest and candied orange clearly take centre stage. Hampden then appears suddenly with notes of bacon and toffee. Increasingly roasted (coffee), the aroma palette is also herbaceous (tobacco) and floral (orange blossom). Finally, candied ginger adds a beautiful spicy touch.
Palate : balanced, smooth. On the attack, orange zest and coffee rival each other in intensity and bring lots of nuance to the flavour palette. The slender mid-palate is continually flooded with cane sugar. At the end of the palate, bitter orange contracts and refreshes the palate.
Overall : long, rich. At the start of the finish, rum, orange and coffee create a perfectly coherent ensemble. Oranges seem to be squeezed over cane sugar, with coffee brewing above it. The end of the finish reveals flavours of marmalade, orange tart and spice bread. The empty glass is dominated by wonderfully elegant coffee notes.