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Andrew & Outram Hussey

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Disney Cruise Line inks deal with Hampden Rum Tour

Trelawny is one of the most picturesque parishes in Jamaica and has remained predominantly unspoilt for the past 250 years. Hampden Estate sits within the famed Queen of Spain Valley, so named by the Spaniards when they were captivated by it's vast natural beauty.  Falmouth, the capital of Trelawny is a fine example of an authentic British Colonial Township and is a United Nations World Heritage Site.

Outram Hussey File Photo: Falmouth Pier

Today, Falmouth is one of the largest and finest port destination in the Caribbean and is designed to dock the world's largest cruise ships. Hampden Estate, one of the oldest and most authentic estates in Trelawny is located within 40 minutes of the pier.  With these attributes it was a logical choice for Disney to team with Hampden to provide one of the worlds most authentic rum tour experience.

On this tour you will:

Meet your guide and board coaster bus for an approximately 35-minute drive through the rural Jamaican countryside, passing sugarcane fields on your way to Hampden Estate. Jamaica, originally a sugar plantation and rum store. As you approach Hampden Estate you will appreciate why the early Scottish settlers ventured here to seek their fortunes in sugar and rum.  

Arrive at the estate to a welcome rum punch beverage at the visitor's center, where you will receive an introduction, learn the rich history of the estate and process of rum making.

Enjoy an approximate 60-minute guided tour of the grounds, including the distillery, where rum continues to be made very much like it was 260 years ago.

Return to the visitors center for approximately 60-minutes for rum samples, snacks and souvenir shopping before the approximately 35-minute drive back to the pier.

For more information on this tour you can go directly to:

Web Portal at Disney Hampden Rum Tour

Sweet Jamaican Waters That Make Rum Fire Great

At Hampden Estate we receive many visitors and earlier in the year we were visited by Mr. Steve Bennett who write posts for The Uncommon Caribbean, a publication that celebrate the undiscovered charms of Caribbean travel and culture. Steve said of Hampden

The Hampden Distillery Dam

 "The whole may be greater than the sum of its parts, as Aristotle once opined, but I still say you need quality parts to produce the finest things. A Ferrari just wouldn’t be a Ferrari with a four-cylinder Honda engine under the hood, you know?

In much the same way, Rum Fire Overproof Rum could never be as fantastic and authentically Jamaican as it is without the natural elements that inhabit the Hampden Estete Distillery where it’s made in Trelawny.

Among the oldest and most revered estates in Jamaica, Hampden dates all the way back to 1753. Sugar was king then, but today the Estate chiefly builds upon its strong rum heritage, producing the world’s most eagerly sought after heavy pot still rums. The great folks at Hampden Estate maintain the authenticity of yesteryear in their current line up of rums the easy way: they simply follow the same old rum-making recipes and techniques that built the Estate’s legend over the centuries.

They also help Mother Nature do her thing, promoting sustainability in all aspects of their operations in order to maintain the unique environmental conditions that give rise to all the quality parts that go into producing their fine rums. These quality parts include everything from the prized Hampden Estate sugar cane and various tropical fruits (all of it still harvested by hand), to the Estate’s proprietary yeast cultures, and even all the water pictured above.

Walking here along the wall that holds back all this special water, watching as fish meander beneath the lilies and dragonflies dart to and fro, it’s well apparent that this is one place where rum-maker and Mother Nature are coexisting beautifully.

We want to thank Steve for this wonderful article as it represent so much of what we do and the authenticity of Hampden Rums.

Please read more of Steve's article at Sweet Jamaican Waters That Make Rum Fire Great