Special sugar cane from the sugar island of Negros
Don Papa has earned its premium rum rating as the Filipino classic is made from the finest sugar cane Negros Island has to offer. The high quality of the sugar cane can be attributed to the island's geographical location, climate and ideal soil conditions. For more than 100 years, Negros Island has been dubbed the "Sugar Bowl of the Philippines." Sugar cane cultivation dominated the region from the mid-19th century and continued into the 1980s. The volcanic island is rugged by mountains, captivates with white sandy beaches and has lush jungle areas to present. However, it owes its popularity solely to its extensive sugar cane plantations. Numerous historical properties, in which the valuable raw materials were produced, stretch across the volcanic and therefore very fertile soil.
Special sugar cane belongs in special barrels
The processing of the sugar cane results in a highly concentrated and very sweet molasses, which is the special feature and at the same time the basis for Don Papa. After Don Papa has been distilled, it has to mature for seven years. Ex-Bourbon oak casks from America are chosen for the aging process of Don Papa. The oak barrels filled with Don Papa are stored at the foot of Kanlaon, a stratovolcano on the island of Negros. The master blender pays attention to a careful and artful composition of the barrels.
Old or young: Don Papa in the result
This results in an amber-colored rum, which proves to be delicate and fruity on the nose. On the palate, its smooth characteristics are reminiscent of candied fruit and hints of vanilla. Connoisseurs prefer the older version of Don Papa. This matures for another three years and thus makes it to an age of 10 years. The longer maturation process leads to a significantly darker color that is reminiscent of amber. On the nose, the aroma of the "old" Don Papa proves to be rich and powerful. Rum lovers speak of different aromas reminiscent of cocoa, dehydrated fruits and a hint of oak.
What Don Papa wants to say
Don Papa is a Filipino hero who is particularly aimed at, and inspired by, those with a rebellious heart. People who never tire of pursuing their goal and fighting for it every day in order to ultimately experience the justice they deserve. Don Papa is a rum for those who inspire with courage, strength and zest for action while ceaselessly offering their generosity. And even if Don Papa's revolutionary successes faded over time, the harvested sugar cane has always been a sign of his veneration. His tireless fighting spirit and energy are in every single Don Papa bottle to present an extraordinary rum to the world. Another specialty of Don Papa is the production in small batches.
This is how Don Papa likes to be mixed
The premium rum itself is considered to be just as multifaceted as its exotic regions of origin. Its taste becomes even more diverse in combination with different fruits. Among other things, the so-called carabao mango, which is considered the most popular fruit in the Philippines, is used for this. But watermelon or the refreshingly sweet aromas of lime are also welcome components of an unforgettable cocktail with Don Papa Rum. Fans of Don Papa also like to choose classics such as cola or ginger beer to mix with.
Popular Don Papa products
One of the classics is clearly the Don Papa Baroko. Made from a special molasses called "Black Gold", the rum-based spirit embodies the original style and boasts an aroma bursting with notes of vanilla and citrus. Connoisseurs appreciate the full-bodied and full-bodied taste, which is made up of aromas of honey and candied fruit. In the finish, the Don Papa Baroko proves to be long and strong, while a hint of oak and spice unfolds. Of course, the focus is on pure enjoyment. Nevertheless, the product is also convincing in cocktails or "on the rocks".
Equally popular is the Sherry Cask Rum, which is made from molasses and distilled using the column-still process. It is aged in American white oak casks for four years before being aged in Spanish sherry casks for a further 18 months. Palo Cortado, Cream, Pedro Ximenez and Fino barrels are used for this. The Master Blender marries the aged distillates from these four casks to create a distinctive rum that is bottled without filtration. Soft, fruity aromas of raisins unfold on the nose, while a full body and the delicate sweetness of plums, ripe figs and dark chocolate can be perceived on the palate. The enjoyment is rounded off with a long-lasting finish with a velvety taste profile. The blended rum owes not only its texture, but also the complex flavors to the various sherry casks, which give it that certain something. It is a rare and strictly limited spirit, which appears with a concise design and thus reflects the Spanish past of the island of Negros, but also upholds the legacy of Pope Isio.
The rum portfolio has been expanded to include another delicious spirit: the Don Papa Sevillana Cask is a homage to the Spanish ship with the imposing name "Malina Galleon". Used for the movement of goods in the 18th century, traveling back and forth between Malina and Acapulco. The Don Papa Sevillana is initially stored for three years in sherry casks of the Oloroso variety and in Andalusian orange wine casks (Vino de Naranja). A fruity aroma rises into the nose, with the orange dominating. The palate is delighted with a balanced mix of orange and cherry, with delicious nuances of honey, salted caramel and soft oak tones. This Don Papa spirit is characterized by a long-lasting and mildly spicy finish. In its entirety, the Sevillana Cask is not as sweet as its "rum brothers" from the Don Papa product portfolio.
Another highlight of the Filipino hero is defined by the Don Papa Rum 10 years. The name of this spirit says it all, because the rum was allowed to mature for 10 years in re-charred barrels made of the aforementioned American white oak. The long maturing process gives the rum its fine nuances reminiscent of oak and vanilla. The so-called "Angel's Share" is particularly high thanks to the Philippine weather. This is the evaporated portion during storage. However, it is Filipino tradition not to replenish the evaporated portion, so the loss results in an extremely dark, highly concentrated and intense rum. It is a limited edition rum where the work of the master blender is considered to be particularly demanding. Decisive for the outstanding quality of this spirit is the careful selection of the best distillates, which are just as carefully blended. But the decision for an alcohol content of exactly 43 percent is also considered optimal.
Those who prefer a strong aroma when enjoying rum are well advised to try the Don Papa Rare Cask, which has a rich and fruity scent that fills the air. The Limited Edition reveals nuances of rich fruitcake, oak and cocoa. The long finish of the Don Papa Rare Cask reveals a slight undertone of wild mint. The complex aromas of this spirit combine to form a symbiosis of dark fruits, cocoa and oak. The master distiller selected hand-picked oak barrels for the Don Papa Rare Cask, which were roasted from the inside. The roasting process ensures that a large amount of aromas are released. When the maturation is complete after a few years, the rum is bottled unfiltered. This happens at a cask strength of exactly 50.5 percent. Finally, the Don Papa Rare Cask is not blinded.
Also worth mentioning is the Don Papa MassKara Rum, which is also a limited edition. The name is a combination of the Spanish words "mass" = "more" and "kara" = face. The name alludes to a wild Filipino party where the islanders wear colorful masks and celebrate the event with lots of music and dancing. It is a flavored spirit made from siling lubayo, calamansi and honey. The German artist Olaf Hajek was commissioned to design the label. His idea was well received, because the label fits perfectly with the expressive and especially tropical character of the spirit, which is fruity, spicy, sweet and with a certain kick. Since it is a spiced rum or flavored rum, we are talking about a rum-based spirit, which therefore has a lower alcohol content.
With its rich history and accessible character, Don Papa Rum is a rum for relaxed enjoyment as well as for special occasions. Get the Philippine sugar cane classic home now after its long maturing process and celebrate its history. The production in small batches makes Don Papa special. In our region, too, Don Papa is becoming increasingly popular and has the potential to become a best seller.