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Don Papa Small Batch Rum is produced by the Bleeding Heart Rum Company on the southern island of Negros in the Philippines. The rum is distilled from molasses, then aged for over 7 years in American oak barrels, and lastly charcoal filtered.
The name Don Papa rum was inspired by Papa Isio, a leader of the Philippine revolution against the Spanish who led his island to independence before joining the main revolutionary movement.
I've been able to taste this rum at the Paris RumFest in 2014. This rum has clearly been designed to reach the general public, not aged rum fans: It is syrupy, in appearance as in taste and reminds me some cough syrup that I had to drink when I was younger. Not really desagradable, but clearly not neither what I expect from an aged rum!
It could be compared to the Arcane Extraroma from Mauritius for its very fruitful taste and it probably shares with the Arcane the addition of cane syrup, even probably flavored cane syrup (artificially flavored or naturally, this is what remains to be determined in my opinion).
But the difference between these 2 rums stands in the fact that this addition has been reasonably well mastered in Mauritius when it has been completely missed in the Philippines. We're not so far from a Malibu rum, in my opinion.
I just came back from a trip to Negros Oriental, Philippines where Don Papa rum is made. Like the lush,sweet and beautiful island of Negros, Don Papa will put you in a state of sweet vanilla heaven being one of the smoothest rums I've ever had. Goes very well with Ginger Ale. Salamat Don Papa!
First of all.. The bottle and that beautiful label.. Deserves a place in any cabinet just for the looks..
Nose : The scent from this one is clearly rich of vanilla..
Taste : The taste is a funny thing.. To me it tastes like a children's toothpaste.. This is not bad in any way for me. It took me like a half bottle to get used to it and now i even crave it from time to time..
Finish : The finish isn´t the strongest part, it fades away pretty quick and there is noting there..
Since the taste is so unique this rum is of the kind that you either hate it or love it.. So it´t not for everyone.. But if you like it you´ll love it..
this rum is not a rum, i think. it is a heavy sweetend spirit, i think. it is aritficial, i think. there is much vanilla sugar in it, i think. i cant drink that, i know. and there is glycerol in it, to make it soft, i think. you can drink it, if you want. but dont tell me therafter, i havent warned you! all this is my personal perception.
Beautiful packaging. New country on the rum map but clearly not up to the rest of world rum production. Sweet caramel texture but I doubt it was really aged knowing well Philippines strategies to cheat and make immediate profit. Looks like a spiced rum rather than aged rum with lot of glycerine in it :(
Quite terrible ! Nice rum to discover but not for rum lovers. Keep the empty bottle though ...
Pretty interesting one - full of oak & flavours of caramel.
Smooth on the finish.
Liked it ... But not as much as the Diplomatico.
C'est à se demander comment un rhum si jeune peut surpasser de loin certains bcp plus matures. L'inévitable.
Certes y'a du goût ! C'est très étonnant la première fois, tellement étonnant qu'on dirait du "spiced rum"... Autrement dit un rhum festif et débridé. Très doux, très parfumé, fruité, super facile à boire. Si vous me le permettez je dirais : un rhum pour les demoiselles en vogue ! Pas de complexité, pas de longueur qu'on attend sur un rhum vieux.
Pour les novice du Rhum, ce produit est genial et parfait, egalement très feminin !
This is probably one of the easiest rums to sip. It is smooth and very sweet. Purists are probably not really happy with this rum, but for me it is in my favorites.
I tasted this Rum in a nice pub in Ostend. I really liked the sweet taste. I liked the smell and i was surprised that the rum tasted differently than the smell. From now on I am going to explore more rums.
Smooth and sweet with vanilla flavor. Little complex. Nearly No burn. A typical desert Rum like the pyrat XO. Instead of fresh orange, here vanilla is the magic dust.
dlouho jsem se nemohl rozhoupat k ochutnavce. nenjak jsem nevedel co cekat. a velmi skvele prekvapeni cekalo uvnit. skvela ovocna chut po kandovanem ovoci. bez alkoholove stiplavosti.
Taste of vanilla and citrus notes.
Not bad to drink but not a real rum : an artifical rum.
Un rhum des Philippines âgé théoriquement de 7 ans
Il fait sûrement moins de 40% en réalité (30-35% ?)
Ce rhum est blindé de sucre et de la liqueur d'orange a été rajoutée (goût monolithe)
Buvez ceci comme un cocktail ou une liqueur.
I don't like it at all! So much added sugar.extreem sweet!
The packaging is very nice... For the rest, it's hyper sweet so yes very easy to drink but the flavor is suspicious ... Not for a straight up drinking, maybe in mixed drinks.
A very nice present to a non rum-drinker... It looks like a good rum. But as soon as you lower your nose into the glass you wonder what it is and how it can be appreciated. It's way to sweet and has a very strong orange peel aroma so I would mix it with club soda or ginger ale and add some thyme or rosemary to balance. Difficult to drink straight and coca is a definite no go!
Doux, avec un fruité agrume très prononcé. Un peu trop pour mois.
I love this rum. Its fruity, playful, full and interesting for rum-newcomers. A must for all rum enthusiasts.
Picked one up mostly for the nice label and the way the bottle looks.
Since i'm a beginner in sipping rum's I thought this would be a nice start.
But it wasn't...
Maybe I need to sip more other rum's and develope my tastebuds a bit more to get in to this one.
(edit) After tasting severall other rum's I'm beginning to like this one a bit more.I especially like the fruity taste of this rum)
this rum has a good taste in my opinion. pretty smokey aswell. if you search for a smokey rum wich tastes like vanilla this is definitely something for you. I'm in really good mood, that's why this rum gets a 7 out of 10. Otherwise a 6 could be a even better rating
Un de mes premiers rhum, au début j'aurais mis un bon 8 mais après avoir découvert d'autres horizons, ce rhum me parait fort "bidouillé"
Un arôme de chique limite exagéré...pas mauvais mais too much dans le goût.
Par contre, superbe packaging :)
belle bouteille on la croirait sortit d'un vielle épave du fond des mers, au nez sa sent la guimauve la vanille, le sucre cuit, au gout ces bizarre on dirait un sirop pour la toux, le caramel, avec un gout spécial dont je n'arrive pas a expliquer, je pense qu'il est taillé pour des cocktail avec des fruits frais il sera largement au dessus des premier prix de grande surface mais a déguster sur glace non En revanche il conviendra parfaitement au débutant qui veulent découvrir le rhum
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