It has been a very long time since I have been in a position to journey to the islands for a go to. That is my first journey to a Jamaican distillery ever. Hampton Property Sugar Plantation is a good place to go to and be taught concerning the tremendous artwork of constructing the true Jamaican excessive ester rums.
The roads into the property is an journey all its personal leaving Ocho Rios, you begin out on very good freeway-like roads, however once you make the primary activate to a “parish” native street you start to see what’s forward for you. The looks of “pot holes” begins and you continue to benefit from the clean asphalt, however you get to weave round and keep away from them. quickly because the potholes develop into bigger and deeper you swerve round in search of the asphalt and at last as you activate to the street the says “rum tour” you might be simply seeking to keep away from the potholes as a result of it’s now a dust street.
When you arrive on the property, the roads are nonetheless dust, however they’re palm tree
lined and clean. The property is basically stunning, an oasis carved out of the wilderness. The Nice Home is superb together with the grounds surrounding it.
Upon arriving you might be greeted very warmly and given an superior Rum Fireplace punch. The tour begins with an fascinating lecture concerning the historical past of Jamaica and the sugar plantation. From there you might be taken for a stroll across the grounds of the Nice Home and into the distillery. It turns into very clear that this place has been making rum for a really very long time. The fermentation technique may be very fascinating, giving me a significantly better understanding of how that very distinctive taste that’s Jamaican Rum is completed. No, they would not present me the “Muck Pit” that could be a secret place that no customer is allowed to see. The identical with the fermentation constructing, they solely allow us to see sure elements of it.
As soon as the fermentation and the getting older of the wash is accomplished it’s pumped right into a holding tank till it’s transfered to the nonetheless for distilling. The completed rum is then processed and both bottled or shipped to the port for export. Their major product is unaged bulk rum despatched all around the world. The remaining is barreled in as soon as used Jack Daniel’s barrels for the resting till able to bottle. All the rum that they bottle and promote is overproof at 61% ABV or 122 proof. I bought a bottle of their “Hampton Property Single Jamaican Rum Overproof”
I am very aware of their Rum Fireplace as a result of it’s distributed in america by Dr. Nicolas Feris, a detailed pal and fellow rum geek right here in america. Nick has introduced Rum Fireplace to be on of the higher identified “overproof” rums right here within the states. The rum is in direct competitors with Wray and Nephew Overproof, one other gem created in Jamaica.
I might wish to thank Christelle Harris and all of the workers at Hampton Estates for making my go to such and informative and enjoyable one. It is a should see for anybody that’s involved in rum and the way it turns into the particular beverage that you simply get pleasure from a lot.