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Old Brothers 2008 HJF 13yo 60.8% 500ml
Old Brothers 2008 HJF 13yo 60.8% 500ml

Old Brothers 2008 HJF 13yo 60.8% 500ml

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Old Brothers 2008 HJF 13yo 60.8% 500ml information

The Old Brothers 2008 HJF 13yo rum is a highly praised and limited release of just 391 bottles, distilled at the renowned Hampden Distillery in Jamaica. This exceptional rum was produced from molasses using a Double Retort Pot Still and underwent a 3-week fermentation process with indigenous yeasts, creating a complex and beautifully ester-rich profile. Distilled in an iron still and aged for 13 years, with 12 years maturing in tropical Jamaica in an ex-bourbon barrel and the final year in France, this rum boasts an impressive 2930 grams of volatile substances per hectolitre of pure alcohol. It’s a testament to the craftsmanship of Old Brothers and a collaboration with the prestigious wine shop La Source, which hosted the first artisanal spirits show in Toulouse in 2021. On the nose, the Old Brothers 2008 HJF captivates with a magnetic aroma of pineapple, overripe fruits, solvents, banana, and rich esters. The palate delivers an intense flavor journey of exotic and candied fruits, sharp and clean notes, supported by roasted hints and a warm, white-hot copper sensation. The rum also offers a pastry-like depth with notes of molasses, stone brandy, bitter almond, and licorice. The aeration process only enhances its complexity, with evolving aromas and flavors of spices, roasted elements, and bitter almond. This rum is celebrated for its excellent balance between esters, fruits, and petrol notes, making it a delightful and high-quality experience for connoisseurs.


  • How does the Old Brothers 2008 HJF compare to other rums?

    The Old Brothers 2008 HJF 13yo is considered significantly better than the HJF 2002 and almost on the level of the Plantation HJF 2002. It offers a more pronounced ester profile and varnish notes, though some find the Plantation HJF 2002 to have a bit more complexity with additional Christmas spice notes.

  • How should I enjoy the Old Brothers 2008 HJF rum?

    This rum benefits from some time in the glass, about 45 minutes, to fully open up its fruity and ester-rich aromas. It's recommended to let it aerate for the best tasting experience.

  • What makes the Old Brothers 2008 HJF rum unique?

    This rum is unique due to its high ester content, complex flavor profile, and the meticulous aging process. It spent 12 years in Jamaica and the final year in France, resulting in a well-balanced and multifaceted rum.

  • Is the high alcohol content noticeable?

    Despite its 60.8% ABV, the alcohol is exceptionally well-integrated, making it smooth and enjoyable without being overpowering.

Tasting notes

  • Aroma: Pineapple, overripe fruit, solvents, esters, banana, funky notes.
  • Taste: Pineapple, overripe fruit, solvents, banana, esters, complex flavors, olive oil, vanilla.
  • Finish: Tropical fruit, menthol, vanilla, salty notes, iodine, caramelized, barrel influence.
  • Overall: This Jamaican rum offers a complex and tropical flavor profile, showcasing fruity sweetness, funkiness, and hints of solvent notes alongside a high alcohol content.

Reviewer's opinion

The Old Brothers 2008 HJF 13yo rum is hailed as one of the best releases from Old Brothers to date. Reviewers are impressed by its sumptuous nose filled with typical Jamaican aromas of ripe tropical fruits, solvents, butter, and phenolic notes harmonizing perfectly. The high ABV is barely noticeable on the palate, which is dominated by fruity notes and finishes with red fruits, creating a complex, intense, and very round experience. The rum's final profile reveals delightful saline and menthol notes, leaving a lingering sensation of glue on the teeth. It's a thoroughly enjoyable and well-crafted rum that stands out in its category.

Alc. Volume
60.8 %
500 ml
Bottled Year
13 years
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