A Limited Edition rum commemorating the 500th year since Magellan landed on the shores of the Philippines, this Don Papa drink has an ABV of 40%. With a bottle covered in surrealist designs of pink and fuchsia hues, the drink itself is equally ruby red in color. This rum was aged in the foothills of Mount Kanlaon, in ex-Bourbon casks for two years, then transferred to Port casks and aged for another five years.
Carefully blended and full-bodied, it exudes dark, spicy, warm aromas. It’s deep and intense on the palate, with notes of dark chocolate, muscovado sugar, and oak, developing into notes of blood orange, red berries, and fresh vanilla.
The Don Papa Port Cask Rum is one that is best enjoyed as simply as possibly. Pour some into a small glass, and enjoy it slowly, letting it warm up in your hands. You can add in a little splash of water, too, to bring out the flavors more. Of course, if you prefer it cold, you can enjoy it with a singular ice ball or large ice cube.
The island of Negros is colloquially known as Sugarlandia, and it is here that we find the story of Papa Isio, one of the unsung heroes of the Philippine Revolution. He was a foreman in a sugar cane plantation, and joined the fight for the country’s independence in the 1890’s, leading his fellow Filipinos in battle. Renowned throughout Negros, he was a revolutionary and a shaman, and the inspiration for “Don Papa.” Embodying the spirit of Sugarlandia—passion and grit, Don Papa honors Papa Isio with the sugar canes he once worked with.
Store your bottle upright in a cool, dark place, ideally between 12 and 15°C. Unopened bottles can last for an indefinite amount of time, but the closer you get to the bottom third of the bottle, please consume quickly to prevent oxidation and taste alteration.