Vidya: The River Mumma

A new one today one that’s been reviewed already (pretty favourably) by Wes Burgin at TheFatRumPirate and Alex Sandu at TheRumBarrel. I’m trying, I’m trying, but these are the guys to follow if you want to stay abreast of the latest releases. Must try harder…

This is the inaugural release under the brand of ‘Vidya’ from the team at Skylark Spirits. The teams aim is to release unique single barrel cane spirits from around the globe, “…entwining the rums with the heritage of their origin via a traditional anecdote or folklore.”
Good stuff!

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Habitation Velier: Hampden LROK

Today’s (shortish) review is of another Habitation Velier offering, this time from Hampden distillery in Jamaica. It’s an unaged rum, bottled in 2018 at high proof 62.5%, which I picked up for €46 over at Excellence Rhum. It’s a 100% pot still rum with an ester count of 350gr/hlpa – this is the reason behind the tag LROK, the label Hampden attach to their distillate with an ester count of 300-400gr/hlpa and it stands for Light Rum Owen Kelly.
Owen Kelly might be a reference to one of the early sugar planters of Hampden Great House, a Dermot Owen Kelly-Lawson who became its owner around 1827.
It’s worth noting that the highest ester marque produced by Hampden (indeed, the highest count allowed for export at 1600gr/hlpa) is DOK – Dermot Owen Kelly-Lawson. More on Hampden (and Jamaica’s MANY other fantastic distilleries) another time.

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