Jamaica’s Long Pond Estate is in Trelawny parish, not far from Hampden Estate. Both started around 1750 with several ownership changes – including a stint from 1977 to 1993 where the Jamaican government assumed control, before divesting. Then again in 2006, Long Point with Clarendon distillery and Innswood aging facilities were brought together to create National Rums of Jamaica (NRJ), which is owned by National Sugar Company (Jamaican government), Goddard Enterprises (West Indies Rum Distillery, Barbados) and Demerara Distillers (Guyana).
Long Pond TECC 11 year (2007/2018) 62.5%
- Nose – Complex, ripe fruit, molasses treacle
- Palate – Very full, rounded, balanced
- Finish – Beautiful finish
Absolutely gorgeous! Thick, rich, full flavoured and fabulous.
Long Pond TECA 15 year (2003/2018) 63%
- Nose – Sour mash, overripe fruits, sugary – loads of fermented sugar cane juice – but in a rather odd way, almost like a mad chemistry experiment running amok
- Palate – Forceful, unbalanced and overwhelming initially, then settled in
- Finish – Long, strong
Personally, my preference was the 11 year old yet both were powerful, complex, exceptional rums.
At Whisky Live 2018, we also sampled more rums from Luca Gargano:
- Caroni Dennis “X” Gopaul 20 year (1998/2018) 69.5%
- Caroni John “D” Eversley 22 year (1996/2018) 66.5%
- Foursquare Destino 12 year Single Blended Rum ex-Madeira & 2 year ex-Bourbon 61%
- Hampden LFCH 7 year (2011/2018) 60.5%
- Habitation Velier Last Ward 9 year (2009/2018) 59%
Curious to know more? One of the best bloggers on such rums I’ve come across so far is The Lone Caner.
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