The historic Hampden Estate, located in Jamaica’s Trelawny Parish on the northwest of the island, has been producing rum since the 1760’s. Hampden Estate is world famous for producing their uniquely heavy, pot-distilled, high ester “DUNDER–style” rums. Dunder is the oily, densely flavorful, highly aromatic, waste matter left over post-distillation. This dunder is reintroduced to the next batch of fermenting molasses similarly to a sour dough starter, or in boozy terms, “sour mash.” Hampden Estate makes a variety of rums ranging from 50-1600 esters. These rums are sought out by distilleries worldwide who are looking for a dose of that funky goodness to liven up their own distillates. The very highest ester rums are prized by the perfume and confectionary industries, much the same way savvy bartenders and rum & spirits geeks of all stripes seek out Hampden Estate’s iconic overproof, highly aromatic rums to enhance the complexity of modern and classic cocktails.
At a traditional Jamaican 126-proof, Rum Fire is the only brand owned 100% by the Harris-Hussey family, the keepers of Hampden Estate itself, and alongside Worthy Park/Rum-Bar it is one of the last two Jamaican rum brands distilling on the island that are entirely Jamaican-owned.