High ester Jamaican rum meets sherry cask - what isn't to love? Hampden Estate Pagos is a statement of Jamaican elegance at its finest - a marriage of the incredible aromatic complexity that only Hampden Estate can offer with the rich decadence of full aging in high quality, authentic sherry cask. Pagos is distilled from a mix of raw material, fermented with the wild, ambient yeast of the distillery, distilled on double retort pot still, aged in the tropical conditions of Trelawny, Jamaica and bottled at 52% abv with no additives.
Nose: Deep and rich. The first nose reveals notes of ylang-ylang, clove, artichoke stock, toasted walnut, blood orange, apricot stone and brandied cherry. On aeration, almonds settle on the surface of the aromatic palette. With time, emery cloth, camphor, sultanas, dates and a fine coffee liqueur take the palate back to Andalusia.
Palate: Lively and powerful. Cane sugar, chestnut honey and scents of tropical flowers dominates the palate. In the mid-palate, vanilla pods and cocoa beans coat the taste buds with their subtle tannins. The aftertaste is camphorated and heady (geranium).
Finish: Long and sharp. Infused with cane sugar flavours, the finish is refreshed by coconut milk and honeysuckle scents along with notes of varnish and mustard seeds. The aftertaste reveals notes of light tobacco, lime blossom, peppery rose and coriander. Scents of walnuts, dried grapes and dried straw mark the empty glass, taking us back to southern Spain.