MANILA — Bleeding Heart Rum Company recently introduced Don Papa Rare Cask, an exclusive premium rum from the wilds of Mount Kanlaon on the island of Negros. With its rich volcanic soil and exceptionally warm and humid climate, Negros grows abundant sugarcane which produces some of the sweetest molasses in the world, known locally as “black gold”.
Co-hosted by entrepreneur and long-time Don Papa supporter Mr. Elbert Cuenca, the unveiling happened on November 7 at the Riedel Room in Makati City. As only the second Riedel Room in the world, it makes for a fitting venue to the momentous launch as Riedel specializes on glassware technology that brings out the best taste of wines and spirits.
Distilled from the original Noble sugarcane, the Don Papa Rare Cask has been aged for several years in carefully selected over-roasted and toasted American oak casks, which impart a rare complexity of flavors. Each cask is hand-selected by Don Papa’s Master Distiller, who has chosen to keep the rum unfiltered and unblended, bottling at 50.5% ABV to retain the unique quality and flavors.
Rich and powerful on the nose, smooth and fruity on the mouth, with a long, fresh finish, Don Papa Rare Cask has a dark amber color and offers rich, complex flavors of oak, cacao, and fruitcake, with a surprising hint of fresh mint on the finish. With its bolder taste, Rare Cask brings an intriguing new face to the Don Papa family, which already includes the original Don Papa and the Don Papa 10-year-old Limited Edition.
Event attendees were treated to an exclusive tasting session with Masterclass by Mr. Elbert Cuenca and the Don Papa Team, as well as a silent bidding of special numbers opened only to those present.
With only 6,000 bottles numbered and then signed by the Master Distiller being made available worldwide, this rare and unique rum is packaged and beautifully presented in a wooden canister, with intricate details of Don Papa’s island home and Papa Isio, the famed local revolutionary and shaman that inspired this premium sipping rum from the Philippines.
Don Papa Rare Cask is locally available in select wine shops and bars at P3,750 SRP.