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Hampden Estate

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Hampden Estate

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CIK wrote a review 11 Jan
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Hampden produces great rum, and as others have mentioned, the distillery provides an unadulterated view of the process. That being said, our tour and tour guide was quite lackluster. We started our tour in an old barn-type building with a nice history on the country and the estates while sampling a tiny cup of rum punch. Our guide was a bit disengaged and did not even introduce herself by name, but she did a good job of following COVID-19 safety protocols and wearing a mask etc. We then visited some of the working part of the distillery and was greeted by some employees - all was fairly interesting. We returned to the barn for our "tasting experience," which was two tiny sips (half a shot, probably) of (1) their lowest end product, and (2) an extremely high proof rum starter. The gift shop is a bit dusty and sparse but did have some unique items for purchase. Sadly, our tour guide/host could not be bothered to wrap items like glasses properly and separately, so we returned home to find some things broken. Hampden Estates is located in a very remote location which unpaved, rocky roads. We hired a driver (Byron's Jamaica Tours) - definitely would not recommend trying to navigate the roads yourself as an inexperienced tourist. For the true rum aficionado, the visit is still probably worthwhile, but the admission of $38.50 USD pp, not including the cost of transportation, is super steep for what you get.
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Date of experience: December 2020
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dwg51357 wrote a review Mar 2020
Cedar Rapids, Iowa2,302 contributions193 helpful votes
We visited Appleton Estates a number of years ago and thoroughly enjoyed it, so were eager to check out a different rum distillery when we were nearby in Trelawney. Hampden is a completely different kind of experience – much less glitzy and more of an inside look at a working distillery. Our tour guide started us with a round of rum punches and an informative presentation about the history of Jamaica and rum production. From there, we toured the grounds, including the beautiful grand house where the owners have lived (we couldn’t go inside because it is still used by the family on weekends), and on into the distillery itself. Our guide explained every part of the rum production process along the way. At the end of the tour, we had the opportunity to taste two of the rums made at Hampden – a gold rum and a white overproof. Both were quite good. Our server explained both rums and was highly entertaining. There’s a small gift shop, where you can buy the rums, as well as other souvenirs. You can also purchase lunch as part of the tour. We skipped this as we were heading to lunch with a Jamaican friend. Be aware that the roads to Hampden are very rough. The drive from A1 took a long time, as our driver had to slowly negotiate potholes pretty much the whole way.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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polartraveller wrote a review Jan 2020
Mahone Bay130 contributions51 helpful votes
This Tour was booked through Karandas Tours. Our driver, Donald was very personable and was great at pointing out all points of interest along the way to the Hampden Estate. Once there, our guide Steve did a great job of the tour of the rum factory and the stunning old estate (all restored with a 25 person hot tub-umm pool?). We were able to see the whole process of the single pot still method and lots of tasting along the way. Their lab manager, Mr. Grant, was great at explaining technical details and the differences between rums. To top it all off, we were served a really good jerk chicken lunch on the grounds (thank you Jennifer and Junior!), accompanied by- you guessed it- rum punch!
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Date of experience: December 2019
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Stefan P wrote a review Jan 2020
Munich, Germany18 contributions5 helpful votes
Hampden is a gem of Jamaican rum. The tour was hard to organize, as most agencies only try to sell the Appleton Rum Tour. We set up the tour by ourselves (call Hampden and call a taxi), and we were not disappointed! With a small group of four and an awesome guide (Steven), we could tour the production facility and taste our favorite Jamaican rum. All together a must-do for all rum lovers staying in Montego Bay and surroundings!
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Date of experience: January 2020
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Adam J wrote a review Jan 2020
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It's a difficult trek to get to this hidden gem but it's worth it. We booked Jaital tours because of great reviewsband they did not dissapoint. Located right at the Trewlany border, Hampden Distullery and Estate is about 13 miles from Montego Bay resorts, though will take a hour to travel to. Terrain extremely bumpy. However our driver Brian kept us engaged with history and background. Upon arrival Steve gave the best greeting, welcome drink, and introduction. The tour that followed was an amazing way to spend a day. Steve has all the details and information. Jennifer provided an amazing meal with the tour of jerk chicken and jerk pork. Visited gift shop and picked up the distillers edition. Fantastic day.
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Date of experience: December 2019
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