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Hampden's rum cops international medals

Published:Thursday | December 17, 2015 | 12:00 AMMark Titus
Hampden Estate factory.

Western Bureau:

Rum distiller and manufacturer Hampden Estate, which is based in Trelawny, made its owners, Everglades Farms Limited, and Jamaica proud recently by copping a total of four medals at the recent ShowRum Tasting Competition in Rome, Italy; and the 5th Annual Berlin Rum Festival in Germany.

The estate, which was acquired in the 2010 government divestment by the Hussey family-owned Everglades Farms Limited, started their impressive medal haul at the ShowRum Tasting Competition by first winning the 'Best In Class' awards in the 'Pot Still & Blended Rum' category and top in the 'Overproof Rum' class for its Rum Fire Velvet.

At the 5th Annual Berlin Rum Festival, the ever-popular Rum Fire walked away with third place in the 'Navy Strength/ Overproof Category', while Hampden Estate Gold took the runner-up spot in the Dark & Gold segment.

The four medals garnered by Hampden Estates take their tally to 15 medal since winning the first award in September 2011, when Rum Fire took the runner-up spot in the Ministry of Rums Tasting Competition held in San Francisco, California. Their medal count breaks down as follows: eight gold, four silver and one bronze.

HIGHLY RESPECTED

"We know that the rums are highly respected among the rum-consuming communities in Europe," said Christelle Harris, director of marketing for Hampden Estate. "The fans know and love the fact that Hampden is the only distillery in the world still making rum the way it was done in the 1700s."

"Such indigenous quality cannot be replicated anywhere else in the world, and it is always rewarding to be acknowledged for that. It is great that our brands can be celebrated by professionals whose opinions are highly valued within the industry, "added Harris, in reference to Hampden's product being judged alongside a total of 40 spirits from all over the world.

Hampden's rum products are available in Jamaica, the United States, England, Germany, Austria, the Netherlands, Switzerland and Italy.