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Don Papa

Don Papa Rum claims to be the ‘world’s first single island rum from the Philippines’, and was created by Stephen Carroll (a former Remy Cointreau executive) for the Bleeding Heart Company. The brand is inspired in part by the legendary figure of Papa Isio, a charismatic leader who fought for independence in the Philippine Revolution of the late 19th Century, and also the spirit, culture and ecosystem of the ethereal Philippine island of Negros, also known as ‘Sugarlandia’ where Don Papa Rum is created.

Don Papa Small Batch Rum is handcrafted using the original Southeast Asian variety of sugarcane that dates back thousands of years, Noble Cane, which is grinded in ancient sugar mills. It is a sweeter variety of sugarcane than most and forms the distinctive ‘black gold’ molasses used in Don Papa. This molasses is distilled and aged up to seven years in an ultra-humid climate, which intensifies the interaction between the rum and wood. It is the island's superior sugar cane, volcanic soil and tropical aging process that creates the distinctive profile of Don Papa Rum.

The packaging of Don Papa is another factor that sets this Filipino rum apart. The brand’s aesthetic is able to communicate the history of the island and the character of the product with charm, style and wit. If you cast your eye to the label, you can clearly see a gentleman, (Don Papa himself, presumably), who is sporting a rather charming gecko monocle, one of 50 animals dotted around. Many hidden throughout the label are endemic to the southern Philippine islands, such as world’s smallest primate - the tarsier (yes, it’s completely adorable).

Now, if you turn your attention to the Don Papa 10 Year Old Rum packaging, you can see that Don Papa is shown to be older and with a longer beard, to mirror the ageing of the rum. It is this kind of marketing savvy that earned Don Papa a double gold medal for packaging design at the 2013 San Francisco World Spirits Competition, and product innovation of the year at the 2013 Paris Cocktail Spirits Show.

Don Papa Small Batch Rum

70cl, 40%

A richly flavoursome rum from the Philippines, inspired by the story of Papa Isio, who played a big part in the late-19th century Philippine revolution. The rum itself is made using sugar cane grown…  More info

Don Papa Small Batch Rum
60
$33.50

Don Papa Masskara

70cl, 40%

This expression from Don Papa was inspired by the carnival-like MassKara Festival, held annually in the Phillipine City of Bacolod. The city is lovingly referred to as The City of Smiles and Don Papa…  More info

Don Papa Masskara
$99.66

Don Papa Baroko

70cl, 40%

The Don Papa distillery, based in the Phillipines have created this cheerful spirit distilled from molasses, milled locally on the island of Negros. It is aged in American oak and infused with local…  More info

Don Papa Baroko
$97.83

Don Papa Rye Cask Aged Rum

70cl, 45%

A dry, spicy expression from Don Papa in the Philippines, aged entirely in casks which previously held American rye whiskey! The rum spent four years in said casks before being bottled at 45% ABV.…  More info

Don Papa Rye Cask Aged Rum

Don Papa Sevillana Cask Finish

70cl, 40%

An intriguing expression from the Don Papa Rum range produced in the Philippines. The Sevillana Cask Finish was initially matured in American oak ex-bourbon barrels, before moved over to two…  More info

Don Papa Sevillana Cask Finish
2

Don Papa 10 Year Old Rum

70cl, 43%

A 10 year old rum from the Don Papa range, inspired by the story of Papa Isio, who played a big part in the late-19th century Philippine revolution. It's produced on an island in the Philippines,…  More info

Don Papa 10 Year Old Rum
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