Don Papa Rum, the premium single-island rum from the island of Negros in the Philippines, is to launch its newest expression, the Port Casks – a limited edition, super-premium rum commemorating the quincentenary of the earth’s first circumnavigation, an epic voyage ultimately leading to the landing by the Spanish in the Philippines. The new limited edition will be available starting September 2021.
Distilled on the mystical and fertile island of Sugarlandia (the local name for Negros) and aged in the unique volcanic climate surrounding the foothills of the active volcano Mt. Kanlaon, this intensely full-bodied expression (bottled at 40% ABV) has developed an additional layer of complexity. Initially aged two years in ex-bourbon casks, the rum was then transferred into rich, ruby-hued Port Casks for an additional five years.
The result is a rum of a dark, spicy character with a warming, lingering fruitiness, bringing to life the majestic Port Casks. Deep notes of liquorice, polished oak, dark chocolate, and muscovado sugar, followed by zesty blood oranges, ripe red berries, and a subtle note of fresh vanilla, give this rum its unique taste profile.
Five hundred years ago, the Portuguese explorer, Ferdinand Magellan, was commissioned by King Charles I of Spain to embark on an expedition in search of the Spice Islands. It was an odyssey over the edge of the world that would forever change the course of maritime navigation and history. The Port Casks limited edition is inspired by this epic story, ultimately connecting the old world with the new.
The Port Casks is presented in an intricately detailed surrealist design, reflecting aspects of the arduous three-year odyssey undertaken by Magellan; depicting the kaleidoscopic range of creatures found on Sugarlandia and the irreverence of Papa Isio, the revolutionary hero who inspired the Don Papa name.
The new Port Casks Rum brings another dimension to the Don Papa drinking experience with its growing portfolio including the original Don Papa 7-year-old, Don Papa 10, Rare Cask, Sherry Cask, Sevillana Cask, and last year’s Rye Aged release.
Don Papa Port Casks (70cl) will be available in Ralph’s Wines & Spirits and Boozy.ph starting this September.
Available in over 30 countries worldwide, Don Papa Rum is the first premium single island rum from the Philippines, now ranked the third-largest rum market in the world next to India and the USA.
Distilled and aged for over seven years in American oak barrels on the island of Negros Occidental (known locally as Sugarlandia), the pure, original Negros sugar cane is the foundation for Don Papa Rum’s long, rich-textured finish and flavors of vanilla, honey, and candied fruits.
The namesake of Don Papa Rum is inspired by the unsung hero and mystic, Papa Isio, who was one of the leading figures of the late 19th-century Philippine revolution. Initially a foreman at a sugar plantation, his leadership and courage played a critical part in liberating the island of Negros from Spanish rule. Don Papa is inspired by his legend and captures his spirit and sense of magic in every bottle.
For more information, visit www.donpaparum.com