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S.B.S. Jamaica 2018 - Hampden DOK

Updated: May 3, 2019

When I went to London for UK Rumfest in October, I first visited a great tasting event on the Goldon Hind, set up by the guys from Rum Cask.

Joshua Singh from 1423. dk - World Class Spirits was there with a fine selection of SBS rums. Before getting into those, someone had already told me that Joshua had brought something special with him. While I was tasting his rums I said:“someone told me….”. I didn’t have to finish my sentence. He nodded and reached into a bag that was hidden from plain sight. Out came a generic bottle and he poured me a sample. Oh my, the funk…where have you been?! Clearly a high ester Jamaican rum, but with a certain pleasant sweetness to it.

Enter SBS Jamaica 2018. A Hampden DOK, aged for 6 months in PX sherry casks.

A couple of months later, as luck would have it, Joshua and I were in Colombia at the same time. The Hampden rum had just been bottled. Perfect time for me to buy a couple of bottles. Buying Hampden rum in Colombia and going clubbing with the guy who just sold it to me is definitely rare. Fun rum times!


DOK stands for Dermot Owen Kelly-Lawson. It’s a marque from Hampden that indicates the highest ester rum they produce at 1500-1600 g/hlaa. This is the maximum level of esters allowed by the Jamaican government.

It was never intended for drinking but actually for blending and flavouring. It’s in chocolates and perfume for example. However, a while ago some rum enthusiasts started to express a curiosity for extremely funky rums and all of a sudden a small demand was there for drinking high ester rums.

1423. dk - World Class Spirits bought this Hampden rum from Scheer in Amsterdam at 85% abv. They brought it down to 60% and then put it in four 40 liter barrels.

Bottler: 1423. dk - World Class Spirits

Distillery: Hampden

Age: 6 months in PX sherry cask

Abv: 59.7%