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A place that's part real, part myth and all heart.
Explore The Legend
Don Papa Rum is the spirit of Sugarlandia. A premium aged rum from the Philippines. Created on the fertile foothills of Mt. Kanlaon, where the finest sugarcane is milled to produce sweet, rich molasses.
Don Papa is a tribute to Papa Isio, the real and charismatic leader from the island of Negros, Philippines. His legend was instrumental to the independence of the island during the Revolution of the 1890s. The figure of Don Papa is inspired by Papa Isio, though he is not the same person. Rather, Don Papa is the embodiment of the spirit of Sugarlandia.
Sugarlandia’s Noble Cane
The Philippines has a long history of cultivating Noble sugar cane, the original variety, first discovered centuries ago in Southeast Asia and the Pacific Islands. The perfect combination of climate, geography and the rich volcanic soil on the island is ideally suited for sugarcane production. Each year, cane is harvested from October through May, loaded onto trucks and transported to one of the island’s classic sugar mills.
These old, well-worn mills on the island paradoxically make some of the richest, sweetest molasses in the world. Crushed and ground to perfection, the rich, sweet molasses is our so-called “Black Gold”.
Unlocking Black Gold
The vivid, fruity ‘Black Gold’ molasses are then fermented at our distillery, with the resultant brew is then column-distilled. The rum distillation is brought down to 65 degrees using fresh spring water and placed into ex-Bourbon American Oak barrels.
Barrels and Ageing
Made from tight grain oak, carefully chosen from the finest forests in the United States, these special barrels are seasoned, toasted and lightly charred, resulting in an uplift of fruit and vanilla notes and creating a naturally darker rum.
The rum is then aged in the foothills of Mt. Kanlaon, where the hot, humid Negrense climate results in rapid maturation and an “Angel’s Share” of up to 8%.
Liberating the Spirit
After 7 long years, the barrels are carefully selected, with the liquid chilled- and charcoal-filtered before being blended to perfection by our Master Blender.
Immortality in a bottle
Everything comes together in an alchemy of magic and mystery. 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 flavours of vanilla, honey, and candied fruits.