Today we'll be examining a new rum in the craft distilled spirits market, Papa's Pilar. When the review sample arrived, admittedly I was wary. My experience has been in the past that the more elaborate the presentation, the less flavorful the product would be. Thankfully, after tasting the samples, my fears were quelled entirely.
As sent by the company themselves: "Papa’s Pilar®, the new super-premium rum inspired by Ernest Hemingway’s spirit of adventure that’s hell-bent on returning rum to its gutsy roots, is now available in Houston, Texas. The inaugural Dark & Blonde varieties are born from the finest rums of the Caribbean, Central America and the U.S.A. and then solera aged and blended in a unique process here in the states.
Papa’s Pilar is meant to rekindle a sense of adventure in us all. “Papa” as Ernest Hemingway was known, was possibly the world’s greatest adventurer. Papa’s Pilar was crafted to be near that same adventure, accompanying rum enthusiasts as they sink their teeth into life. Named for his muse and one true constant, Pilar is the vessel that allowed America’s literary giant to reach beyond the shoreline, feast on life and remind us to never be a spectator."
Editor's Notes: As I received two samples, I am reviewing them both together.
Papa's Pilar Blonde Rum (84 proof): The nose has notes of candy apple, cherries, fresh pastry, almond bark, vanilla bean, and smoke. The sip isn't too much different, except you get roasted marshmallow, banana, and toffee notes as well.
Papa's Pilar Dark Rum (86 proof): Absolutely one of the most wonderful aromas I've ever had the pleasure of experiencing. That includes any spirits category. The most prominent notes of the nose are maple and cotton candy, but there are definitely milk chocolate, bourbon, sherry, raisin, black currant, and clove hints as well. The sip reminds me of a buttered pancake with maple syrup. Delicious.
Papa's Pilar is just flat out amazing. Go buy some of either variety. Spec's has the Papa's Pilar Blonde Rum for around 30 dollars per 750 ML and they have Papa's Pilar Dark Rum for around 40 per 750 ML. Either is worth every penny.
Rating: 5 out of 5 (for both)
Suggested Tasting Method: Please don't mix either of these. Sip them very lightly and very slowly. You'll thank me.