A new addition to the Don Pancho line of premium rums is the Origenes Reserva eight year old expression.
The spirit is produced from hand harvested sugar cane grown in the Las Cabras de Pese region of Panama, fermented locally with Don Pancho's proprietary strain of yeast and distilled in legacy copper column stills nearly one hundred years old before it is aged in White American Oak barrels for at least eight years.
The blend is handcrafted by El Maestro Ronero Don Pancho Fernandez to compliment his previous eponymous expressions, including the award-wining Reserva Especial 18 year old ($90) and the magnificently rare Origenes Don Pancho 30 year old ($425).
These rums are known for their near-perfect balance, a testament to the fine art of the master blender.
At $40 a bottle, the new Don Pancho Origenes Reserva 8 year old is quite a bit more accessible and will be distributed widely, unlike his rare collectibles which are offered in very limited quantities.
This golden amber colored medium body rum forms fine legs in the tasting glass, a suggestion of long aging in oak barrels. Initial aromas of caramel and raw vanilla bean, cassia and roasted nuts lead to leather and charred oak over sherry, muscavado and vegetal cane. Over time, the tasting glass echoes increasingly bold and intense aromas of toasted wood. On the palate a sweet opening of buttery caramel, vanilla and leather are balanced by a bitter nuttiness with a hint of fennel as the wood builds into toasty oak before it dries out mid-palate with a relatively long slow fade.
It's a masterful blend of younger rums fortified with old aged stocks.
Terlato Wines, a leading U.S. marketer of luxury wines and spirits, imports and distributes the Don Pancho Origenes luxury rum brand through their Artisan Spirits portfolio.