Hampden Estate Pagos rum

Hampden Estate Pagos

Jamaica | Aged | 52.0% ABV | Pot Still Distilled

8.0/10
3 ratings
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Mr. Rumantic 🇩🇪 | 211 ratings
Posted 1 month ago

The Hampden Estate Pagos is a co-production with Velier and is a pot style rum from the Hampden distillery in Jamaica. An age is not specified but I would estimate the rum to be 6-8 years old. The rum was allowed to store in ex sherry casks and was bottled at 52% cask strength. Naturally without artificial colors or sugar. There are 1200 bottles.

The Pagos shows classic Hampden notes in the nose and reminds me strongly of the Hampden Overproof. Esters, fermented fruit, banana and pineapple dominate. But there is also a surprising amount of spice and wood. The cinnamon is very noticeable. Here the rum stands out. All in all, everything is easy and dignified. On the palate, the rum is very drinkable. The 52% are very well integrated and do not make any demands. Fermented fruit, some solvents and banana meet a more woody profile. The rum becomes spicier, shows a slight sweetness and berries. The finish is a bit bitter and there is more wood and this is where I find the sherry cask most likely, as a nice sweetness remains.

All in all, the Pagos is a perfect daily sipper. The rum is not overly demanding but is not boring either. Unfortunately, the hype caught up with this bottling and the prices were quickly far too high. Therefore a no-go for me to buy a bottle. Too bad.

Der Hampden Estate Pagos ist eine Coprodution mit Velier und ist ein Pot Style Rum der Hampden Distillerie auf Jamaika. Ein Alter ist nicht angegeben aber ich würde den Rum auf 7-8 Jahre schätzen. Der Rum durfte in Ex Sherry Fässern lagern und wurde mit 52% Fassstärke abgefüllt. Natürlich ohne Farbstoffe oder Zucker. Es gibt 1200 Flaschen.

Der Pagos zeigt in der Nase erst einmal klasische Hampden Noten und erinnert mich stark an den Overproof. Ester, vergorene Frucht, Banane und Ananas dominieren. Aber da ist auch erstaunlich viel Würze und Holz. Der Zimt ist sehr auffällig. Hier hebt der Rum sich ab. Insgesamt aber alles ruhig und gediegen. Am Gaumen zeigt der Rum sich trinkfreudig. Die 52% sind sehr gut eingebunden und fordern nicht. Vergorene Frucht, etwas Lösungsmittel und Banane treffen auf ein doch sehr holziges Profil. der Rum wird würziger, zeigt eine leichte Süße und Beeren. Der Abgang wird etwas bitter und es kommt mehr Holz und hier finde ich dann am ehesten das Sherry Fass, da eine schöne Süße stehen bleibt.

Alles im allen ist der Pagos ein perfekter Daily Sipper. Der Rum fordert nicht übermäßig ist aber auch nicht langweilig. Leider holt der Hype diese Abfüllung ein und die Preise waren schnell viel zu hoch. Daher ein No go für mich, hier noch einmal zuzuschlagen. Schade.

marekfiser 🇨🇿 | 110 ratings
Posted 1 month ago

A sherry finished rum but very "backgrounded" due to dominant typical "jamaicaness" of "rotten and overriped" (fruity) tones and whole lot of funky nose. A plenty of stuff can be recognized in the taste and nose according to card (https://hampdenestaterum.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/hampden-pAGOS-sales-sheet-eng.jpg) but all I reckognized is the peppery and kicky finish that was not (so) present at my earlier model of Hampden.
Unlike testing, reviewing these limited yearly Hampdens gets somewhat boring, because the differences and nuances are just too small while so many models. I can't really see any improvement as compared to "Hampden Estate 2016 The Younger LROK 5-Year" (use search button) which my buddy got for me for about 1/3 value of this sherry cask but that's totally occassional and random information as many Hampdens are hard to get; therefore price tag hardly has any relevance for reviewing. I am giving here only 8/10 as it costs a blast and the rum models do not actually differ that much but the rum has my full recommendation. I am yet to drink anything from Hampden that would be "mainstream boring" or "little less perfect".
P.S. we tried this one compared to Smith & Cross Jamaica sold for a fragment of Pagos' price and we concluded S&C to be a "tamed" and rounder version of Pagos with less burn and perhaps sweeter, gentlier smell. Even though I've rated Smith & Cross as 9/10, I find the quality of both very equal; Pagos may even be a tad better but again - the price tag... Yay!

Drinkia 🇨🇿 | 18 ratings
Posted 29 days ago

Estery, ovoce, smetana. Určitě to není žádná sherry bomba. Body 89.