This is a blog that will take you through the Rum lifestyles of a fine group of people that enjoy the fun and pleasure of fine rums. We will travel to distilleries, partys, and Rum Events to bring you the Rumstyles of all those we come in contact with.
Monday, July 27, 2015
Cuban Rum Made in Panama: The Story of Don Pancho
Carlos Esquival and Don Pancho Fernandez
Francisco “Don Pancho” Fernandez, master blender for Havana Club
for 35 years, decided to leave Cuba after the sale of his brand to an
international spirits conglomerate, it was to Panama that he retired. Already having a long history of travel to
that country, and having worked in Panama for theVarela Hermanos, there
he was able to continue to make his “Cuban style” rum for many years.This
was a natural choice for Don Pancho that worked for him and the makers of
Abuelo Rums for many years. However, it was not with the idea that he would
continue to make rum or launch his own brand.
Don Pancho Origenes 30 Anos
he met and became friends with Carlos Esquivel, a Panamanian who had
deep ties to the local spirits industry. Together, they would create one of Panama’s, and the rum
industry’s, most important sources: Proveedora Internacional de LIcores, S.A.
(PILSA) Rums a custom distiller whose efforts are behind
some of the most important names in the category.The majority of their work is done under
contract for rum clientele who are looking for top quality rums to put their
own label on.
years after arriving in Panama, Don Pancho and Carlos are releasing his first effort
bearing his name, Don Pancho Originales rums.Part of the rums are from
reserves dating back to when Don Pancho first started making and blending rums
in Panama while still living in Cuba.
Cuban Style rum made in Panama will be discussed