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Sweet maple syrup aroma with medium alcohol scent. First sip gives a bit of an alcohol kick, which transitions to pepper, followed by a very distinct maple flavor. The alcohol bite covers some of the heavy sweetness. Found bitterness somewhere in the middle. Starts hard but goes down with that smooth maple. Drinking on the rocks as opposed to neat is where this rum shines. Almost requires a splash of water or some ice to defeat that strange bitterness flavor. Still very enjoyable, especially if maple is what gets your rocks off.

The bottle is quite sexy but hard to pour without spilling some. Easily remedied by licking the bottle after you pour yourself a glass.


I was bowled over by this rum, that's all there is to it. it's pure heaven to sip or drink on the rocks. There is incredible complexity here, a wealth of lovely flavors from start to finish, and it looks simply gorgeous in the glass. Plus the marketing campaign behind it - including the beautifully-proportioned bottle - gives you plenty to expound upon with novices and aficionados alike. My question is this: is it rum? Created from a blend of rums from five different locations, using both pot and column stills, following by solera-type aging in no less than three types of cask...well, by the end, I wonder if they've lost the thread. Though in my mind superior to the two Dos Maderas products from Williams & Humbert, this rum similarly "steps over the line" when it comes to the heavy influence of wine-derivative flavors (port and sherry). So, if you are looking to experience the directions rum can take in the hands of people willing to explore new ground, this is one exciting rum. If, however, you are a traditionalist who prefers that rum hues close to its roots, with old techniques refined rather than avoided, you had best look elsewhere (like, perhaps, the Zafra 21 Reserve).

Strong aroma, to the nose is a scent of vanilla and what can only be described as a sweet. Oddly enough that vanilla doesn't lasts on the palate though, the complexity kicks in and you get a honey and molasses after tone followed by a little kick. A lot are saying this is a good rum for mixing I would disagree, leave that to a less complex spirit.


Fantastic. A great nose with all of the features you would expect from a very well made aged rum. If you are a lover of Ron Zacapa XO you will love this rum at a much lower price point. Very buttery across the tongue. Hints of all the good stuff. Molasses, vanilla, brown sugar, and toasted coconut at the finish.

For myself sugary rum always takes a back seat to dry. This is my second bottle of Pilar 24 and I can say with certainty that it was the first bottle I bought some 5 months ago that turned my nose away from sweet rums. New Years Eve 2015 I blind bought Pilar 24 after being a bit taken by the bottle, an accoutrement that usually has little effect upon my decision making but hey it was the last day of the year! Once opened and sampled I was disappointed by its sweetness. My previous soirees with rum had most always included the letter 'H' as in Rhum so the sugar was a bit shocking and off-putting. Call it blind naivete' as this scotch drinker had just delved into the vast world of the rum spectrum.
What is strange is I knew even then I would one day return to Pilar 24 to give it another try another chance. Today is that day. A bit wiser now and having bought a handful of other sweet rums, thinking of El Dorado 12 which I can honestly say I would never buy again, Papa's Pilar has enough going on that I can now on this second go around enjoy it for what it is.
What it is is rich with cocoa and spiced citrus. Cracked pepper smoke and oak. It has a complexity that keeps it interesting and I believe it's this quality that has brought me back for a second bottle. Would I buy it for a third time? Yes but I'm not going to go as far as to say I'm gaining a sweet tooth.
Smart move to bottle it a bit hot at 43% defiantly smacking the tongue and cutting the sugar.

I drank the Limited Edition aged in Bourbon Barrels and I must say this is some good stuff. Nice dark brown color. The nose is carmel, vanilla,toffee and chocolate. It's a real easy sipper no bite or burn. I drank it neat out of a Glencairn glass. You will not be disappointed.

First off, the photos I've seen of this shows the lid having a cork. Mine is a screwtop so right off the bat I feel a bit gypped.


This rum has a pronounced sweetness to it. A little too sweet IMHO. I think it would be better if that were toned down just a little bit. I prefer the Papa's Pilar blonde but this is a nice, smooth rum as well. Careful mixing it in rum punches and colas...the sweetness combination can be a bit overwhelming. I think this would, however, work quite well in coffee-based drinks. Definitely not a bad rum but could have been so much more.

Good but a lot of vanilla. Almost would prefer it mixed.

I really liked this Rum. I was in a cigar bar and the first rum they gave me (with one big rock) was almost a flat ice tea. Then they gave me this one. Bam! My bad mood was turned right around! If you like that Caramel / Molasses / vanilla hints in a Rum this one has it. Very smooth! It is not my top favorite rum, but it is up there!

vanilla is the first thing that hits you. Was more one dimensional then I thought it would be. Still pretty good though. visited this again, don't like it as much as I thought.

Loads of dark brown sugar, caramel, vanilla, wood / wet tobacco notes in the nose of this rum. Smooth on the way down with little to no astringency.

The best thing about this rum is the brand story (connection with Hemingway, his boat, his army canteen, etc). After reading so many positive reviews, and being recommended this by a liquor store owner, I was very disappointed by a tasting. This is the sweetest rum I've ever tried! The part-solera aging in a variety of barrels does produce a rum that is very smooth and complex (and reasonably priced), but I have a hard time getting past the sugar. If you like sweet, go for it. For my tastes, this is wildly unbalanced. Might be fun special-occasion pancake-topper, though...

I've tasted it on several occasions; each has felt different. Today, it had a medicinal overtone that I didn't like. Other times, it's been more sweet and syrupy. Can't really nail down how I feel about it, which isn't really a good thing.

Was travelling through the US and went into this whole in the wall liquor store and came across the beautiful bottle. So I bought it on a whim not expecting much. Wow what a surprise the flavour is smooth and warm and really easy to drink

6.5 on my scale, but bottles aren't half full or empty here. Instead of molasses or oak, a nice port flavor given the barrels used. It works for me and I enjoyed. Others might not.

From the 10ish rums I've tried this year (including such rums as Diplomatico Reserva Exclusiva, Kirk and Sweeney 18yr), this is my fave.

It is in no way similar to those mentioned. So far I find it somewhat unique. It drinks so well, it taste so good. I am in no way an expert, I drink it on 1-ice. It is flavored and tasty, strong and sweet, slightly changes flavors while drinking it, staying always very nice.

I've only got good words for this rum, different, and simply... good and tasty. Great find. Not your average rum taste.

Im not sure how i feel about this . The maple punches you in the face and has a nice warming feeling going down . Its good , just not my go to .

A dark brown, sweet molasses, brown sugar, vanilla, surprise upon first sniff. Sweet tobacco? It tastes just like it smells. A very slight bite. Goes down smooth. Served room temperature.

Started with a sweet dark molasses taste before fading to a brown sugar. This rum feels like it should be warm. Maybe a homage to the pirates of old and a cool night by a fire. The after taste is semi sweet. The alcohol taste fades quite dramatically, leaving that brown sugar note behind. Very familiar.

The whole experience seems to have a vanilla shadow lingering. I could see this rum changing flavors depending on the persons mood.

EDIT: I had a second tasting tonight where I opened up the rum with a few drops of water. Heavy maple comes through. Almost too much. I've dropped the score a point due to it just being a little too rich. It's still a great rum however.


First impression is solid. Color is a nice caramel color. Aroma is sweet with nice maple notes. First sip had a strong alcohol burn. I was not happy so I let it sit and breathe for about 15 minutes. Boy did it change. Each sip was better than the last. Mildly sweet but complex in a good way. Everything I look for in an affordable top end sipping rum. Perfect with a single ice cube.

This is not my favorite rum however it is a good one I keep in my cabinet. It is VERY sweet with strong maple notes. As other reviewers stated, it reminds me of some good old Sunday Maple Pancakes...with a kick. I only use this to mix with and sometimes on the rocks. Typically coke (or Dr Pepper) with amaretto and this rum. And/or sometimes to cook with. All in all, it's a good rum to have on your list.

This rum is a wonderful, smooth treat. Very drinkable with a heavy hint of vinalla. It is semi-sweet as a rum should be. The flavor of maple and brown sugar mix well. I always try to have a couple on hand.

I discovered the Papas brand about two years ago and fell in love. The first aroma is of vanilla/toffee, tobacco and banana. When swirled around with 1 ice cube it really comes alive. I really enjoy the flavor provided from aging it in the Spanish sherry casks.

The nose is really boozy, so much so that it would be off-putting if not for all the lovely components in it: dark molasses, brazil nut, some wormwood and faint maple. The maple scent comes out more in the glass, alongside a more mellow brown sugar. Taste is pleasantly sweet, but not overly so. You can definitely taste the bourbon influence, and a bit of the port. And that's really all the palate offers, even though it's not very specific. If I really had to name components, I would say burnt toffee, rancio and some raisin. The end brings out a definite character of maple syrup though, which is a bit different, and quite pleasant!
A few fixes all around (softer nose, smoother, more decipherable taste) this would probably be perfect!

It remind me of Zapaca 23 with a shorter finish and less balance. You get a little extra spice for the sherry aging. Good, but a little to sweet for drinking neat. It makes the best rum and coke I have had but its priced out of the mixing category.