Friday, May 12, 2017

Don Papa is Arriving in the United States

     Filipino rum brand Don Papa is set to launch in the US for the first time following “rapid success” in Europe and Asia.  Don Papa Seven Year old Rum, produced by Bleeding Heart Rum Company, a single island super-premium rum is arriving on our shores. It is made from sugar cane grown on the southern island of Negros, and then aged for seven years in American oak in the foothills of Mount Kanlooon before also being blended and bottled on Negros Island.   Don Papa will be available initially in New York and Boston, and will be rolled out to select retailers nationwide at an RRP of $39.99. Bottled at 40% abv, Don Papa is described as light and fruity on the nose with flavors of vanilla, honey and candied fruits.    “The US is ready for a ground-breaking luxury spirit that embodies their passions in a bottle. They are ready for Don Papa Rum,” said Stephen Carroll, founder of Don Papa.

Dionisio Magbuelas - Papa Isio
     Don Papa rum is named after one of the heroes of Negros Occidental.  On November 6, 2009, the National Historical Institute of the Philippines unveiled a historical marker in honor of Dionisio Magbuelas at the public plaza of Isabela, Negros Occidental.   The marker states, Papa Isio was known to be a leader in Negros and organized a group in Isabela fighting for freedom from the Spanish colonizers in 1896. He became the military chief of the municipality of La Castellana under the Cantonal Government of Negros in November 1898. He also fought the American colonizers in 1899-1907, surrendered on August 6, 1907, and died at the Manila Bilibid Prison in 1911.  A well suited name for a rum made on Negro Occidental for the one of their beloved leaders.
     Don Papa is a premium aged small batch rum from the isle of Negros Occidental, the Philippines. Distilled from some of the finest sugar cane in the world, Don Papa is first aged 7 years in oak barrels in the foothills of Mount Kanlaon before being blended to perfection. 
Negros Occidental is and has always been the sugar capital of the Philippines. Due to the perfect combination of climate, geography and the rich volcanic soil on the island, Negros is ideally suited for sugar cane production.
And, where there is sugar you will find rum. Where there is rum, you will find Don Papa.
Light and fruity on the nose whilst smooth and delicate on the palate, the light amber colored Don Papa has a long, rich-textured finish and offers flavors of vanilla, honey and candied fruits.