An interview with Hampen Estate’s Christelle Harris

Christelle Harris, director of sales & marketing at Hampden Estate, agreed to answer a few questions. She is the niece of Andrew Hussey, the director of Everglades Farms and owner of Hampden Estate and the Long Pond Sugar Factory. After graduating from the University of Toronto in 2005, she returned to Jamaica to work in…

Agricole Blancs & Ti’ Punchs Part IV

Besides the final ranking, we have a couple of bonus candidates today. These will not be considered for the ranking since they aren’t permanently available, except for the Savanna with 40% perhaps. For your reference, here’s an overview of the previous sessions: Part I (Bielle, Damoiseau, Depaz, J.M., La Favorite, Neisson) Part II (Bellevue, Bologne,…

Agricole Blancs & Ti’ Punchs Part III

Welcome back to the third part of our Agriole Blanc and Ti’ Punch cross-tasting. Please refer to the links below for the other sessions. Part I (Bielle, Damoiseau, Depaz, J.M., La Favorite, Neisson) Part II (Bellevue, Bologne, Clément, HSE, Longueteau, Trois Rivières) Part III (Charette, J. Bally, Karukera, La Mauny, Montebello, St. James) Part IV (Final…

Agricole Blancs & Ti’ Punchs Part II

This is part two of our great Agricole Blanc & Ti’ Punch cross-tasting. You can refer to the other sessions here: Part I (Bielle, Damoiseau, Depaz, J.M., La Favorite, Neisson) Part II (Bellevue, Bologne, Clément, HSE, Longueteau, Trois Rivières) Part III (Charette, J. Bally, Karukera, La Mauny, Montebello, St. James) Part IV (Final ranking and…

Agricole Blancs & Ti’ Punchs Part I

This is the first of a several sessions in which we cross-taste several agricole blancs and evaluate how they perform in a Ti’ Punch. At the end we will crown the winners from both categories (neat and mixed). My standard recipe for all Ti’ Punchs is about 4cl of rhum, the juice of a quarter (or less…

St. James Rhum Vieux Single Cask 1998

This is one of several single casks from 1998 St. James has bottled. Released over the span of many years, they should all come from the same new year’s eve batch. This particular one comes from cask 888 and has been released in 2009. The Bottling St. James might be the largest distillery on Martinique….