Papagayo Organic Silver Rum is made in the Arroyo y Esteros region of Paraguay about 60 miles north of its capital Asuncion. All three of the company’s rums are produced at a cooperatively-run, Community owned plantation that focuses on farming in sustainable, organic methods that has led to their products receiving the USDA Organic seal.
The cooperative also strives to promote fair-labor practices in their country with over 800 families participating in the project. This has led to their rums being the only ones currently on the market to receive the Fair Trade Certification seal.
Produced from sugarcane grown on the plantation, they create the molasses used to distill their rums. After distillation, the rum is then transported down river via barge to Buenos Aires where it is later bottled at 80 proof by the Altitude Spirits company using bottles created from 70% recycled glass.
The 750 ml cylinder bottle stands a bit high on the shelf secured with a metal screw top. The rum is clear in the bottle and glass with no signs of distillate. The label has a parrot directing the eye to the Papagayo logo. The front label is covered with the rightfully earned USDA Organic and Fair Trader Certification seals framed by the red organic seals on the side.
Pouring the rum unleashed a strong aroma of alcohol vapor. After I let the rum settle a moment I discovered sweet vanilla, cane, raisins and mango in the aroma.
The alcohol wraps the tongue with a nice light burn as the swirl of flavors rush in. Vanilla creates the baseline, with fruity notes of raisins and mango taking the top notes. At the finish are subtle hints of pineapple with a light grassy-cane finish.
I have to say I enjoyed the story behind the rum and believe it is beyond the usual marketing we encounter in the spirits industry. I enjoyed the flavor profile of the product and can see where it would play well in any fruit based cocktail.