Appearance : polished mahogany.
Nose : full-bodied, rich. At once medicinal (ointment, camphor), syrupy (cane sugar), vegetal (sugar cane) and spicy (cinnamon, ginger), the impressively sweet first nose reveals notes of heady florals (geranium). Allowed to breathe, aromatic plants (sage, verbena) and citrus fruit (lemon, grapefruit) bring a touch of acidity to the aromatic palette (Arlequin sweets). Gradually, the Jamaican character of this Hampden takes shape with sleet, rubber and pine resin.
Palate : lively yet creamy. A divine combination of chocolate and vanilla, the attack is also herbaceous (hay, alfalfa), heady (iris, lily, wallflower), exotic (pineapple) and spicy (clove, star anise). On the mid-palate, sugar canes release a deliciously syrupy and slightly roasted (tobacco, coffee) juice onto the palate. The end of the palate is then hot (Cayenne, paprika) and delicately caramelized.
Overall : long, silky. Continuing on from the palate, the start of the finish is vanilla (flan) and creamy (milk tart). Very expressive, it brings to mind fields of sugar cane ready to be cut. Flavours of vetiver, warm sugar and green liquorice flood the very end of the finish and the beautifully serene retro-nasal olfaction. With rare concentration, the empty glass is warm, medicinal and empyreumatic (burnt wood, rubber, melting tarmac).