Hampden Yellow Shouldered Grossquit Cask #487 is a single cask rum from the Hampden Estate, one of the few Jamaican distilleries still in operation. It was distilled in 2012 and matured in cask #487 for 8 years before being bottled in 2020 at 60%. The release is part of the Trelawny Endemic Birds Series, showcasing some of Jamaica’s rare native birds. This bottle shows the yellow-shouldered grassquit (not the grossquit, as the label mistakenly says), a small black bird with bright yellow wings. Hampden Yellow Shouldered Grossquit Cask #487 was selected by the Belgian independent bottler The Nectar. Only 250 bottles have been released. The Hampden Estate was founded in 1753, making it one of Jamaica’s oldest distilleries. For 250 years it was a family-owned business, but after financial troubles in the early 2000s the government assumed ownership. They sold the company again in 2009 to Everglades Farms Ltd., who released the distillery’s first official bottling in 2018.