Don Papa Port Cask Finish is an old molasses rum produced in the Philippines by the Ginebra San Miguel distillery.
The sugar cane is grown locally on the island of Negros, an island of rich and fertile soil known as Sugarlandia. The molasses is fermented, column distilled and the rum is aged for 7 years in ex-bourbon American oak barrels at the foot of Kanlaon volcano. It is then transferred for 18 months into old barrels that have previously contained sherry. More precisely, there are 4 types of sherry: fino (dry wine), palo cortado (rare), cream (sweet) and finally pedro ximénez (very sweet).
This is a limited edition.
Nico's tasting notes
The engaging and concentrated nose of this rum seduces from the first moments, and reminds us of some expressions of Trinidad haloed by a hint of greased metal. The core predominates thereafter, it releases aromas of almonds and fruit jelly.
The aeration makes the whole take a greedy, fruity syrup, raised by spices and toasted wood. The dried apricots and the quince paste almost take shape under the nose, and thus indicate a certain thickness.
The palate is not as round as expected, but is still easy and fluid. It is the tannic side of the wood that immediately brings some seriousness, as well as a well roasted character. These tannins then melt into fruit pastes, while still carrying a green, almost medicinal note, reminiscent of tiger balm.
The finish is sweet, caramelized, with vanilla and other gourmet spices laid over soft oak.
"Very largely fruity aromas, dressed by coppery, toasted, and even medicinal touches..."