Hampden Estate

Hampden Estate, Falmouth: Hours, Address, Hampden Estate Reviews: 4.5/5

Hampden Estate
4.5
from $172.17
Monday
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
About
Less than 30 minutes away from Jamaica's cruise hub in Falmouth is the Hampden Estate Rum Tour. Journey into the heart of a working distillery established in the 1750s, explore the picturesque grounds surrounding the Great House and sample our award winning rums - Rum Fire and Hampden Estate Gold. On this tour you will: - Travel through the rural Jamaican countryside, pass sugar cane fields, and enjoy the magnificent landscape and views. - As you approach Hampden Estate you will appreciate why the early Scottish settlers ventured here to seek their fortunes in sugar and rum. - Enjoy a hearty Jamaican welcome, and sip on a smooth rum punch while you learn a little about Jamaica, Hampden's rich history, and the mysteries of rum making. - Take a guided walk through the grounds and visit the Distillery to see how our rum continues to be made very much like it was done 260 years ago. - Return to the Visitors Center for rum sampling, souvenir shopping, lunch of jerk pork or jerk chicken with festivals and to rap with our tour guides. - Leave Hampden with a sense of satisfaction that you just experienced a taste of authentic Jamaica.
Suggested duration
2-3 hours
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CIK
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Great rum, but lackluster experience
Dec 2020
Hampden produces great rum, and as others have mentioned, the distillery provides an unadulterated view of the process. That being said, our tour and tour guide was quite lackluster. We started our tour in an old barn-type building with a nice history on the country and the estates while sampling a tiny cup of rum punch. Our guide was a bit disengaged and did not even introduce herself by name, but she did a good job of following COVID-19 safety protocols and wearing a mask etc. We then visited some of the working part of the distillery and was greeted by some employees - all was fairly interesting. We returned to the barn for our "tasting experience," which was two tiny sips (half a shot, probably) of (1) their lowest end product, and (2) an extremely high proof rum starter. The gift shop is a bit dusty and sparse but did have some unique items for purchase. Sadly, our tour guide/host could not be bothered to wrap items like glasses properly and separately, so we returned home to find some things broken. Hampden Estates is located in a very remote location which unpaved, rocky roads. We hired a driver (Byron's Jamaica Tours) - definitely would not recommend trying to navigate the roads yourself as an inexperienced tourist. For the true rum aficionado, the visit is still probably worthwhile, but the admission of $38.50 USD pp, not including the cost of transportation, is super steep for what you get.
Written January 11, 2021
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dwg51357
Cedar Rapids, IA2,294 contributions
Off the beaten path - but worth it!
Feb 2020
We visited Appleton Estates a number of years ago and thoroughly enjoyed it, so were eager to check out a different rum distillery when we were nearby in Trelawney. Hampden is a completely different kind of experience – much less glitzy and more of an inside look at a working distillery. Our tour guide started us with a round of rum punches and an informative presentation about the history of Jamaica and rum production. From there, we toured the grounds, including the beautiful grand house where the owners have lived (we couldn’t go inside because it is still used by the family on weekends), and on into the distillery itself. Our guide explained every part of the rum production process along the way. At the end of the tour, we had the opportunity to taste two of the rums made at Hampden – a gold rum and a white overproof. Both were quite good. Our server explained both rums and was highly entertaining. There’s a small gift shop, where you can buy the rums, as well as other souvenirs. You can also purchase lunch as part of the tour. We skipped this as we were heading to lunch with a Jamaican friend. Be aware that the roads to Hampden are very rough. The drive from A1 took a long time, as our driver had to slowly negotiate potholes pretty much the whole way.
Written March 7, 2020
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polartraveller
Mahone Bay130 contributions
Fantastic Tour of a distillery and real Jamaican Countryside!
Dec 2019
This Tour was booked through Karandas Tours. Our driver, Donald was very personable and was great at pointing out all points of interest along the way to the Hampden Estate. Once there, our guide Steve did a great job of the tour of the rum factory and the stunning old estate (all restored with a 25 person hot tub-umm pool?). We were able to see the whole process of the single pot still method and lots of tasting along the way. Their lab manager, Mr. Grant, was great at explaining technical details and the differences between rums. To top it all off, we were served a really good jerk chicken lunch on the grounds (thank you Jennifer and Junior!), accompanied by- you guessed it- rum punch!
Written January 20, 2020
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Stefan P
Munich, Germany18 contributions
A must-do for rum lovers
Jan 2020 • Couples
Hampden is a gem of Jamaican rum. The tour was hard to organize, as most agencies only try to sell the Appleton Rum Tour. We set up the tour by ourselves (call Hampden and call a taxi), and we were not disappointed! With a small group of four and an awesome guide (Steven), we could tour the production facility and taste our favorite Jamaican rum. All together a must-do for all rum lovers staying in Montego Bay and surroundings!
Written January 18, 2020
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Adam J
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Old Gem With High Aroma Rums
Dec 2019 • Friends
It's a difficult trek to get to this hidden gem but it's worth it. We booked Jaital tours because of great reviewsband they did not dissapoint. Located right at the Trewlany border, Hampden Distullery and Estate is about 13 miles from Montego Bay resorts, though will take a hour to travel to. Terrain extremely bumpy. However our driver Brian kept us engaged with history and background. Upon arrival Steve gave the best greeting, welcome drink, and introduction. The tour that followed was an amazing way to spend a day. Steve has all the details and information. Jennifer provided an amazing meal with the tour of jerk chicken and jerk pork. Visited gift shop and picked up the distillers edition. Fantastic day.
Written January 14, 2020
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sandie0602
11 contributions
Quite dissapointing
Jan 2020 • Friends
The grounds and countryside are stunning Rum punch and tadting rum was fairly generous The tour was $45 each and certainly not worth it. Although friendly our guide did not seem to have an in depth knowledge of intricacies of rum processing. The tour felt rushed. It was about 35 mins Afterwards our guide was quite persistent about getting tipped. He followed us to our vehicle for a tip. I'd suggest that anyone paying for the tour should get a decent discount on rum purchased. I have not been on any rum tours before but I have been to lots of breweries, wineries and distilleries. This tour was more expensive and less interesting than what I have previously experienced
Written January 13, 2020
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Hello, We do apologize for the negative experience you had. We pride ourselves on giving our Guests a wonderful educated experience, one not rushed in any way. In addition, it is our policy that no guide should ask ( directly or indirectly for tips ). I assure you that after our investigation the guide will be reprimanded. We hope that on your next visit you will allow us to offer you a true Hampden Experience . Regards, P.Grant Hampden Estate Tours
Written January 15, 2020
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Cheri M
Canton, MI28 contributions
Fun tour
Dec 2019
This was a nice tour, starting with rum punch and a history of Jamaica, rum and the estate. Then we walked around the facility where they actually make the rum, including through the old building where the rum is fermented. (This was really cool.) We got lunch and enjoyed a rum tasting.
Written December 15, 2019
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Tyler S
Columbus, OH5 contributions
Behind the curtain
Nov 2019 • Couples
My fiancé and I took the tour as part of our honeymoon week at Montego Bay. The journey there was rough, going over back roads that have pot holes and some are simply dirt roads. We got there and were given a rum punch and provided some background info about Jamaica and the estate itself. Afterwards, we walked the grounds, did a tour of the factory, and were taught the whole process. We ended with lunch and a tasting. The tour was cool and very informative. It was neat to see the behind the scenes. Sherry Ann was our tour guide and did a fantastic job. We purchased a few bottles upon leaving at a discounted price. The only thing I was bummed about was that the tour didn’t include seeing the inside of the Estate House. However, I recommend this tour and was glad we did it. Expect to see the factory in full use as it’s not made pretty for tourists, which is cool to see how it actually runs.
Written November 6, 2019
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Vanessa S
Denver, NC15 contributions
Amazing, Informative Tour
Oct 2019
My husband & I went on this tour while in Jamaica for our 30th anniversary. Steve was a knowledgeable & friendly tour guide. We enjoyed learning about how rum has been made for over 200 years and the taste was phenomenal! Steve really made the tour with his jovial personality!
Written October 24, 2019
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James K
Stoke-on-Trent, England, United Kingdom193 contributions
Beautiful place to visit
Sep 2019 • Couples
Really well worth a visit, beautiful surroundings blended with friendly and knowledgeable guides and amazing jerk. And as for the rum, it's damn good. Steven our guide was brilliant and a pleasures to spend time with. I can still remember the awesome smell of the place which I smelt again when I opened a bottle of there rum when I got home. Very highly recommended place to see.
Written October 19, 2019
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