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A RUM AS BOLD, YET NUANCED AS PAPA HEMINGWAY HIMSELF, PAPA’S PILAR IS BORN OF A COMPLEX CREATIVE PROCESS INSPIRED BY HIS ARTISTIC EXPRESSION.

APTLY NAMED AFTER PAPA AND HIS BOAT, THE PILAR, OUR AWARD-WINNING ULTRA-PREMIUM SPIRIT REFLECTS RUM’S GUTSY ROOTS.

Papa's Rum

Born of the finest rums, each is hand-selected from the Caribbean and Central, South, and North America. They are then married together in our proprietary solera blending process. Papa’s Pilar represents the original spirit of rum. Bold and well-traveled — just like Papa.

PROOF: 84
Solera blended in Bourbon
barrels & Spanish Sherry casks

TASTING NOTES

NOSE: Rounded nose with citrus notes of grapefruit, mandarin, and key lime mixed with vanilla, oak and a touch of crisp almond.

TASTE: Creamy, buttery, vanilla taste. Layered with soft mango, orange peel and pineapple hints.

FINISH: Smooth, nutty, and clean.

White spirits drinkers will be introduced to something they had no idea that rum was capable of.

- BARTENDER JOURNEY

..Tastes like butter that’s been hanging out with a slice of vanilla cake in your fridge.

- PASTE MAGAZINE

PROOF: 86
Solera blended in Bourbon barrels, Port Wine casks & Spanish Sherry casks

Tasting Notes

NOSE: Complex notes of vanilla, cinnamon, coffee beans and honey with hints of sherry and port.

TASTE: Intricately flavored: sweet, mixed with earthy, vegetal tones. Mouth-coating with a touch of spice, bourbon, almond
and apricot.

FINISH: Robust with a long finish.

It’s not often we develop an affinity for a spirit like we maintain for whiskey, but the Dark stole our hearts.

- WISKY JULIET

On both the nose and palate, it offers a sensory overload of cinnamon, clove, baking spices, honey, cocoa, and mocha. It is rum as it should be, a spirit that makes you stop and think.

- MARK SPIVAK

And just a quarter of the way through (the year), the dark rum is an early contender for Rum of the Year. And certainly worthy of the Hemingway name.

- CARIBBEAN JOURNAL

LIMITED EDITIONS

Utilizing our Innovation Hub in Key West, our Master Blender, Ron Call, creates special and limited releases allowing for experimentation with the art and science of rum-making. 

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LIMITED EDITIONS

Utilizing our Innovation Hub in Key West, our Master Blender, Ron Call, creates special and limited releases allowing for experimentation with the art and science of rum-making. 

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LIMITED EDITION

Utilizing our Innovation Hub in Key West, our Master Blender, Ron Call, creates special and limited releases allowing for experimentation with the art and science of rum-making. 

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PROCESS

RUM SOURCING

Papa’s love for travel is well known. He spent months of his life traveling between Key West and Cuba on Pilar, collecting a wide array of friends and experiences. Papa’s Pilar captures this same spirit, bringing together some of the most sought after rums and blending them into a single pour.

We hand-select only the finest rums from throughout the Caribbean and Central, South, and North America based on age, character and maturity. We are currently sourcing from the rich regions within the Dominican Republic, Panama, Venezuela, and Barbados. We curate rums that are both pot and column distilled, and made from sugar cane or molasses. Our Master Blender hand-selects each sample to ensure ultra-premium quality, superior taste profile, and unique complexity.

SOLERA BLENDING

In addition to multi-sourcing, we reinstate practices that were applied to rum 85 years ago with our Solera blending process. A solera is a multi-staged process of aging and maturing rum, employing fractional blending for consistent high quality. Originally used by Spanish and Portuguese wine makers, specifically in the production of port and sherry, the solera allows us to perfectly blend younger products with older rums.

Barrels can be considered the soul of an aged rum so we select these just as carefully as we do our sourced rums. The layers within Papa’s Pilar proprietary solera include: American Oak Bourbon barrels, Spanish Oloroso Sherry casks, and Ruby Port barrels for our Dark rum.

AGE

The rums we curate are aged in their country of origin. Because we are continually searching for the best, the ages of the rums we select vary at times.

The rums in our Blonde expression have been aged up to 7 years, while the rums in our Dark blend have been aged up to 23 years. Our rums then further mature in the solera process. The numbers on the front of our bottle denote the solera profile.

FIRST CLASS TEAM

Lincoln Henderson friend of Papa’s Pilar and famed Master Distiller for Angel’s Envy, Woodford Reserve and Gentleman Jack, aided us in the creation of the original formula. Lincoln’s mastery is present throughout our unique process.

Papa’s Pilar is proud to have Master Blender, Ron Call, lead our rum-making team. With over 40 years of experience, Ron has created a host of award-winning spirits in the premium and super-premium categories, primarily whiskey and rum.

Cheers!

THE HEMINGWAY-EST WAY TO CELEBRATE IS WITH PAPA’S PILAR RUM, AN ARTISAN
CRAFTED SPIRIT… THAT REFLECTS RUM’S GUTSY ROOTS.

- MAXIM

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The Papa’s Pilar bottle is as distinctive as the rum inside.

With great attention to detail, every aspect of the Papa’s Pilar packaging is purposeful and thoughtful, and ready to be discovered.

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