Don Papa was started in 2011 by Stephen Carroll, a former exec at Remy Cointreau. Inspiration came during a visit of Philippines’ sugar capital of Negros. Carroll was fascinated by the stories of an island that had everything; from the World’s finest sugarcane, beautiful beaches, mountains and volcanoes… even guerrillas in the hills. He deemed it only natural for Philippine Rum to be produced in Negros.
The brand Don Papa was inspired by an unsung hero, a healer, shaman, seer, rebel, and leader of a group of babaylane, who played a key role during the late 19th-century Philippine Revolution.
Don Papa Rum was aged for 7 years in American oak barrels in the foothills of Mount Kanlaon. It’s the first sipping Rum of the Philippines, where the majority of Rum consumed is mass-produced, cheap and mainly meant to be mixed. But like everywhere around the World, people are waking up to pristine, small batch and craft products.
Smartass Corner: Don Papa’s bottle comes from France, the cork from Portugal, the label from Italy and the brand image from New York’s Stranger & Stranger design firm. Don Papa has earned a double gold medal for packaging design at the 2013 San Francisco World Spirits Competition, and product innovation of the year at the 2013 Paris Cocktail Spirits Show. There are 50 animals hidden in the label. Can you find them?
One of my top rums in the cabinet! Nose and Palette scream Cream Soda. Great served neat and pairs exceptionally well with a light cigar
amazingly smooth - delicious clean
This is an amazing sipping rum that finishes off a great meal on a warm night. Well balanced and a fine carmel note
Smooth candied flavor with vibrant nose
For me personally this rum is way too aromatic and sweet.
I really enjoyed this blend. It is best enjoyed neat to appreciate the subtle flavors.
I was not impressed with this rum. The flavors were not well balanced. It starts off super sweet and finishes so poorly. There was nothing enjoyable about this rum.
Absolutely fabulous. Nice Carmel flavor. Smooth as silk.
Absolutely a smooth drink over ice. The delicious aroma makes it so tempting that you want more.
Rich smell of vanilla. Very nice, rather warm smell and taste.
Very nice, but strong alcoholic taste. Better on ice than alone.
I think I will like this rum.
After trying this and reading the tasting notes and reviews, I feel like I got the wrong item. This is crazy sweet. I get a slap of bubblegum and cherry on the nose and the taste is like Dimetapp with a bunch of sugar added. Nothing subtle about it. Glad I got this in a tasting box so I know to stay away...
Everyone always talk about rum from the Caribbean. Try this wonder. The vanilla takes you by surprise and has you looking for more. On the rocks or neat , it’s always a great option.
Okay, I got this one in my Liquid Gold Vol. 2 tasting box. It is very sweet, but very interesting also. It has a ton of flavor on the nose, bananas, tropical fruit, candy, coconut, cinnamon. It's very sweet on the palate and the only thing I'm getting is sugar and bananas. It's creamy and warm with medium intensity and a medium, enjoyable finish. I say give it a whirl. Listen, there are a lot of rums out there and several that are much better than this one, but why not have some fun and try them all.
I am a very experienced rum drinker and have worked my way systematically through ALL the better rums including those selling over $100. I don’t understand why anyone is raving about this Don Papa. It is WAY SWEET and the VANILLA is overpowering. The added sugar and vanilla drown out any subtlety or complexity. I will probably throw it away and go back to DIPLOMÁTICO which at this price point is hands down the most balanced and complex. The Don Papa tastes like some sort of tropical cocktail not a straight sipping rum. I guess some are looking for a sugar high. Yuck!
I concur, these people are nuts! This is way too sweet and way overrated.
Anyone who enjoys sweet flavors or vanilla and caramel should try this rum!
Not normally a dark rum fan but the flavors of this rum keeps me coming back for more.
Notes of orange candy, honey, butterscotch, and vanilla. Soooo smooth...almost too sweet. Perfect neat or over ice.
One of the finest rums I’ve ever tasted. Almost as big a treat for the nose as it is for the tongue. A mixture of caramel, sugars, fruits, and spices.
Very sweet, with a bit of spicy but mostly vanilla flavour. Full flavour, rather heavy. Perhaps a bit too artificial vanilla flavour but overall a good fit for cravings for a sweet spicy glass of a beverage. Will buy again.
Further down the bottle - maybe too artificial flavouring?
Best rum I ever had.
This rum has the right balance of flavors.
The aroma is vanilla and spice.
Excellent to drink neat or mix cocktails.
I am on my second bottle.
One of the more finer rums and definitely my favorite to sip on!
I love this bottle. It's one of the smoother and more complex rums. Also, it goes down real easy.
Extra sweet - not good.
To me it tastes almost exactly like a Hurricane cocktail. It's quite sweet and fruity. I will definitely consider getting more of this in the spring and summer.
This stuff is amazing.
Right off the bat, BIG hit of vanilla on the nose, smooth and sweet (my wife likened it to Haribo sweets!), would probably make an excellent long drink
A very pleasant rum. I normally drink whiskey/bourbon, however, this is now a staple on my shelf. Very smooth, no strong alcohol taste, forward vanilla notes, follows up with a caramel or toffee flavor. Very impressed with this one.
Sweet, smooth, and vanilla notes make this one a winner for me.
Super sweet not my taste in liquor.
Smooth, smells and tastes like cake
I really enjoyed this rum. It has a lot of vanilla and a little bit of caramel and it is a very smooth sipper.
I first tasted this through one of my quarterly boxes, and I was impressed. I hadn't had rum in a very long time as I am a whiskey drinker. Ordered a bottle and have continued to order bottles the past few months. Had some folks over and they tasted it, now they want it too!
WOW! I’m taken aback! This rum is FABULOUS! Smooth and silky! This was in one of my tasting boxes... and I must say, YES PLEASE! May I have MORE! I will definitely purchase a bottle or ten of this!
Excellent rum, with a nice taste of vanilla
I really enjoyed the lingering smell of this rum after drinking it.
Smooth, on ice is the way to go. Amazing flavor.
This should also be a scented candle. My entire room smelled amazing - french vanilla, orange. I am in love with this rum.
Fantastic smooth rum. Has a vanilla caramel taste and is one of my favorites
Sweet and caramel. Smooth and good for sipping as well as mixing with cola. I can see how some might find too sweet, but I like it. Is there such thing as a dessert rum?
Sipped it without ice and it was incredible. Loads of sweet vanilla and caramel followed by a warm alcohol heat.
Way too sweet for sipping in my opinion.
Very sweet and hints of vanilla. Great sipping rum
Smooth sweet with a slight bite that keeps it from being too candy like. Nice for sipping!
This is a definitely a dessert rum. The candied honey, along with the vanilla & cinnamon. As my father-in-law called it: brandy rum. Definitely worth a try!
Love it! Nothing like I was expecting when I first tasted it. This rum is meant to be sipped straight over ice. Notes of cinnamon and vanilla tickle your tastebuds as it goes down so smooth.
Love this one. Very sweet. I get vanilla and carmel and maybe a little honey. this ones a keeper
Very heavy on the honey and sweet flavors. It almost borders on honey flavors cough drops.
Nice notes of vanilla and orange. Smooth and sweet. Highly recommend.
Smells like hard butterscotch candies.
Nice and Sweet
Great nose and way TOO easy to drink, it's dangerous. Great sipping rum, very smooth. Would be a nice addition to any mixed rum drink.
Intriguing notes of sugar and caramel on the nose. Lightly sweet, with strong notes of lemon and citrus on the finish.
I loved this rum! I have long considered rum a spirit I didn't care for, or at least not one I would ever sip straight on ice, but this has changed my mind. It is very vanilla-y, slightly sweet, and utterly delicious.
Definitely a rum you can sip on the rocks. Really strong vanilla but that helps take any edge off and makes it an excellent after dinner drink.
Tastes like cough medicine
Loved this Rum.
Very easy to drink and very smooth, with a great vanilla taste. Love it.
Too much vanilla for my taste.
Very sweet. Possibly too much... trying this in the sampler size. Neat first, then on the rocks. The ice cut the sweetness a bit. Very candy vanilla orange. I could grow to like this, but not as the regular go-to.
Smooth drink, easy sip.
Very moreish, lovely to drink over ice, big hit of vanilla with toffee and butterscotch. I will definitely buy another bottle, I wouldn’t mind trying any of the others in the range!
Extremely smooth and easy drinking. Honey and vanilla notes profound.
This rum took me completely by surprise. If I had not known it was rum I would never have guessed. The candied flavor and notes of Vanilla gave it a very smooth finish. A great sipping rum.
The flavor here is excellent, but at the same time hard to drink on its own due to the sweetness and/or cinnamon. Definitely a good mixing rum. Something I would consider keeping in my home bar.
Love the hint of vanilla. Very smooth and good to just sit down with and sip on.
Very vanilla and sweet. My first rum in many years. I’m sure there are better ones out there.
Very sweet and tasty
Great sweet nose. Candy upfront. Slight medicinal after taste on the back end that dropped this review.
Great smooth sipping rum. Enjoyed the vanilla and sweet taste. Will definitely be buying again!
Very smooth, it tasted great just over ice. Great sipping rum. It didn't last long and we'll be buying another bottle!
Strong vanilla nose, fruity and sweet, very enjoyable sipping rum
Heavy on sweet and vanilla....not tasting too much more. Good one but wish it had more flavors or body. Will try it in a drink in the future as I could see it going great with a mixer of some sort.
Excellent sipping rum
Great sweet sipping rum. Love this one at room temperature by itself, no need to add anything to this one!
Sweet and easy. Would have pushed it higher if there were any other taste than sugar and vanilla.
I’ve never had anything like this rum. It is so light and sweet and fruit, an absolute surprise from nose to finish.
One of the best sipping rums I've tasted, with pronounced orange notes, almost like Gran Marnier, but almost completely dry, and low enough alcohol to create a very smooth finish.
We love it. Our go to run. Would like to buy it at retail. Cost of shipping is crazy
Reminds me of Carmel apple
really sweet on the nose, like a vanilla citrus or butterscotch scent. The taste is as expected, fruity with varying layers of sweetness...nice finish. I enjoyed this with an ice cube and nothing else.
Delicious! Its sweet like carmel and confetti birthday cake, but not overwhelming. Great on the rocks. This is a repeating purchase.
I enjoyed it so much I decided to buy another 2 bottles but found out the sale price was to expensive and bought 2 bottles for only £58.95
Wonderful flavor. Great for cocktails
Very unique Rum. I was surprised by strong taste of butterscotch. This makes it a nice desert drink to sip on neat. You can also mix it with any of the usual rum mixers for a unique and tasty rum treat.
i really did not like this rum, it started out ok but it had a weird after taste that i couldn't place, then it came to me, Bubblegum, and after that i couldn't taste anything else.....the last third of the bottle was used as fire starter.
Like sipping on an orange creamcicle. I expected to not like it, but it just kept growing more complex. A wonderful sipping rum.
I'm new to the world of rum, but I was blown away with this one. While some may not like how heavy the vanilla is, it is extremely smooth and rich. An excellent after dinner sipper!
Very sweet at first but it definitely grows on you quickly and becomes enjoyable to drink. Not harsh very easy. Goes well with cigar
This is definitely a sipping rum, no need to mix. The sweetness is the measure of what a rum should be which is why this rum is so good and so unique
I’m revising my rating down to a 6. First taste was really impressive to me, candy and vanilla, but coming back to it I now find the vanilla to be pretty overwhelming.
Very smooth. Maybe just a hair too sweet. I’d buy a bottle
Probably one of the best tasting Rums I’ve had. Smooth and sweet.
way too sweet. couldn't even finish an ounce
Very good. I got this as a quarterly free bottle
Very impressed. I never would have anticipated The Phillipines would make such an excellent rum.
Yes, it's sweet. But that's what makes it a great sipping rum. I just returned from Jamaica with several bottles of Jamaican rum. Even the "top shelf" Jamaican rum I brought back isn't as good for sipping as this.
Way too sweet and reminds me of cough syrup. The smell is nice but it doesn’t sit well.
Rich flavor! Good on ice!
Great tasting, sweet, smooth dipping rum.
SO good. Very sweet, but I like that. Paired VERY WELL with iced Thai coffee.
Very Nice, bit sweet with added vanilla
Way to sweet. High notes of artificial tasting vanilla and candied oranges.
The artificial sweet vanilla is over bearing and hides all other notes from me.
I found Don Papa too sweet for me. It was worth sampling to see how the Philippines is doing for aged Rum. Might work for some cocktails but then it's a lot to pay for this purpose. As far as aged Rums go...I prefer Havana Club.
I love the butterscotch taste!
Delicious. Quite sweet, but it's the perfect sipping rum. Gonna try it with a rum old fashioned recipe, should be great. Strong smell of butterscotch and vanilla. Sweet taste of vanilla and sugar with hints of fruit and honey in the finish. Definitely buying again.
Normally not a huge rum drinker - especially not neat. Don P is a smooth sipping rum that will take you your happy place. Like snorkeling around the South China Sea on a summer day happy. Bonus - my rum snob friends are super impressed with the drinkability of Don P. I think it's a must have in the bar, absolutely.
Very smooth rum but sweetness is overwhelming for my taste.
This is my favourite sipping rum! It reminds me of creaming-soda with a hint of orange. Pleasant taste, would highly recommend!
Never really been a rum drinker. Probably too many poorly made rum-based cocktails in college. This is delightful. Truly a sipping rum, it hits every note damn near perfectly, just as a fine sipping bourbon does.
Sweet and hot. Not what I expected from a run, though I admit this was my first sipper rum. Adding a mixer just will not do it justice.
Very delicious! Great for sipping or making a rum old fashioned. It has a candy-like salted caramel sweetness, with orange notes and vanilla on the nose and palate. Beautiful bottle. I have wanted this for a very long time, and it has surpassed all my expectations.
Smooth, flavorful, sweet. Very satisfying
Velvety, smooth, rum. It has a thicker, slightly syrupy consistency (in a good way). Very pleasant oaky after taste. It has a prominent caramel flavor without being overbearingly sweet. Cheers!
A rum that reminds me of a bourbon. The toasted orange, caramel and tobacco highlights make for a smooth sipping rum
Beautiful orange cream-sickle taste. Very enjoyable. If you want to sip something sweet, this is an amazing value!
Loved it. Still new to tasting new spirits but so far this is by far the best liquor I’ve ever had... period. Absolutely delicious with a great vanilla aroma and sweet taste. Hats off.
Maybe I'm just not much of a rum expert, but the sickly-sweet cloying thing is very reminiscent of a Captain Morgan. Probably a good mixer rum, but I didn't join this club to get mixer booze!
Sweet Caramel smell and a velvety flavor. Great sipping rum and good mixed
Smell and initial taste are amazing! Lingers well. Might be too sweet to sip on all night, but definitely a good pour as a night cap.
Admittedly, I'm still venturing into the rum scene but this wasn't the flavor profile I like most. It's light and sweet like molasses, which isn't necessarily my type of sweet. But it's nice change of pace. I might buy it again down the road when I want that change up.
This is some of the best Rum I have ever had. Very pleasant aroma with spot on tasting notes. This will definitely be a staple for my home bar.
Smooth and sweet on its own and fantastic mixed in a cocktail. Highly recommend, I keep my cabinet stocked with this wee beauty.
Sweat An smooth
Good fruitiness and decently-balanced.
Good for sipping straight, but I mixed it with a few drops of absinthe after and it became extremely well-balanced.
The notes are spot on
Do yourself a favor and get this bottle. Will definitely become a regular in my collection.
Mix with Coke or Dr. Pepper. It will just add a vanilla flavor. Very good!
Way too sweet, also not great in mixes. Tastes like bubblegum.
Love it. Great sipping rum
Removing the cork provided for a wonderful sweet smell to the nose. My first sip was a mix of alcohol then sweet vanilla. Had an old-fashion on the rocks. I really enjoyed this very much and look forward to my next glass.
Loved, loved loved this sweet nectar
A very smooth bodies sipping rum. I enjoyed very much !
Very smooth sipping rum. I enjoyed very much.
this one was a strong contender in Game of Rums .. had a sweet start with the fruits and vanilla hints coming through. very good.
Very smooth. Would pick again for sure.
Truly disgusting. Endlessly artificially sweet. Tastes like bubble gum. First bottle from Flaviar that I am truly disappointed in. Might have to go down the drain.
Probably one of the best tasting rums I’ve ever had. Very enjoyable to sip and enjoy, especially on a summer afternoon or if you’d like to pretend it’s a summer afternoon.
Butterscotch and vanilla, love this stuff. Smooth and easy to drink.
I mean what can you say. This rum is amazing. Small batch, dark rum. Not spices. Vanilla is the dominant flavor that comes out. Drink it straight or mixed with you r favorite cola. AMAZING!
This was very good if you like sweet things which I do. Def a sipping rum. Was pleasantly surprised
I'm a Rye Whiskey drinker. I did a tasting box that this Don Papa came in. I fell in love immediately. It was the best thing I've had in a tasting box. I put a bottle on my shelf and now I find myself reaching past my Whistle Pig for a taste of Don Papa. I suspect serious rum drinkers don't care for it because it tastes like something you'd want to pour over ice cream. But I sure like it!
Very easy drinking and fabulous for someone who thought they didn't like rum. I liked first sip, but found myself thinking too sweet and syrupy for my taste, but certainly quite smooth and drinkable.
Smooth drink, love the vanilla smell and taste. If you have the drink over ice, the drink feels stronger and less of a vanilla taste. Room temp seems to be smoother. Will be a normal purchase for me moving forward.
If you are serious about your rums- definitely skip this. I suspect this would be fine as a mixing rum but it is clear that there is a large amount of Artificial flavoring and sweeteners added. Rum ratings has a number of well written reviews about Don Papa. It’s clearly over priced for what it is
This rum is VERY aromatic and has a lot of bold flavors. After cracking this one open, I had friends in the next room commenting on the wonderful smell wafting out of my glass! It has all the flavors you would describe a tropical island befitting to the Philippines. My only problem with it is rum doesn't sit well for me. If I'm going to go for rum in the future, this is the one!
Really good sweet and smooth, not a big rum drinker. This will be good for that special occasion or in a rum cake.
I'm not a big rum drinker but I sure loved this. It's very sweet and fruity. Probably lacks a lot of characteristics that real rum fans enjoy. For me, it's a nice contrast to my ryes. I was drinking it neat. I'm going through the bottle faster than I anticipated because I keep reaching for it.
This was a bit of an experiment and was very pleasantly surprised.
It is lovely and not being a rum drinker generally i was so pleased with this!
Not had rum for ages.
This is good for an occasional tipple but not an everyday drink. This bottle will last a wee while!
A candied flavor that went well with pineapple juice.
This was too sweet, flat, and cloying. It didn't have much of a finish. It's not awful, but it wasn't a favorite either.
Such a nice sweet taste to this drink. Really took me by surprise
Waste of true spirit. Too much of artificially flavour for my taste.
Smooth sipping rum with prominent honey vanilla flavors. The oak comes through around the third sip. This was definitely a surprise!
It’s tastes of too much caramel, not enough rum flavour ! Not one I would choose again. But there’s plenty more too have a go at !!
Sweet and flavorful.
This is my new favorite drink. It tastes like a cremsicle but better!!!
And the label is freakin' amazing!!!
The product tastes more like a sippable spiced rum, which isn't a compliment. It's very sweet, and the artificial flavoring lingers. It would be nice if the rum world would grow up and embrace truth in labeling.
It is very smooth and flavorful. I could sip on it for a while.
I wish I could describe the flavor. So go lack of a better term or palate. ITS FREAKING DELICIOUS! I wish I could purchase this locally.
Disgustingly, artificially sweet. There is no rum hidden amongst the syrups.
Fruity and sweet. Good nose. Reminds me of the holidays. Added water and the cookie flavor came out. Candied flavor was dominant.
Good, different rum. Butterscotch and candy on the nose, candy, and vanilla on the front with some fruit on the back, smooth, I will buy a bottle.
I immediately got candied corn. So good, wouldn’t mix it with anything.
Delicious to sip or mix. The bouquet reminds of a vanilla rum cake ... or a rootbeer dum dum as one of my children noted. Agree the flavor followed without disappointment, adding some complexity and not too sweet.
I’m just not a big fan of rum. Too sweet
Wallop! What a rum, the nose is exquisite and not let down by the flavours. Very smooth and loads of taste with a lovely hint of pineapple towards the end. Sweet but not too sweet. Glad I tried this, will be a staple on the rum shelf
Very smooth and sweet rum. The aroma and flavor are perfectly matched to each other leaving you wanting for nothing. This is one of the few rums that is best enjoyed straight or on the rocks. I would not waste such a fine treat on a cocktail!
Love this rum! It’s a great one to have in a sniffer on the rocks.
Very smooth and sweet. I was surprised by the sweetness, the aroma of the drink was very nice as well.
Good slipping rum, a desert rum.
I will definitely keep this on my bar at all times.
Delicious rum. Like others I was surprised by the sweetness, it's very smooth and the perfect after dinner rum. I always have a bottle on hand.
The candy flovour is very strong with this one. So strong as to overpower all else and drown one in bubblegum sweetness. It's too much to be a pleasant sipper.
However the candy sweetness is downright magical in tiki cocktails. It combines gloriously with pineapple and mango juices. It dances with the coconuts. The painkillers I have made with this rum are to die for.
So don't sip it. But do shake it.
Ethanol in the nose, fruit and molasses in the palate—complex through the middle, sweet & smooth finish.
This rum is all about the palate. Lots of interesting things going on like candied plums, vanilla, and mild citrus.
Very smooth going down, slight tingle on the tongue. Bit of amaretto for aftertaste overall best rum I’ve ever had 2 thumbs up!
Sorry, this tasted like medicine, even after revisiting a few days later. Not for me.
My wife and I enjoyed this. it reminded me of a piece of orange cream filled chocolate.
So. Much. Vanilla. And sweetness ... its a very easy rum to drink! There are other tastes in there - caramel for one - but the vanilla does dominate and as a result, it leaves a butterscotch-y aftertaste. Not a complaint, I really enjoyed it, but it does feel to me more of a rum liquor than an outright rum. For anyone with a sweet tooth (even non rum fans), i'd recommend. For more traditional rum drinkers, probably steer clear. It does come in the 'game of rums' tasting kit that Flaviar offer, so if you're unsure and don't want to commit almost £40 for a bottle, go for that instead
Starts off with warm caramel and ends without a burn. There is a lingering butterscotch flavor on the taste buds. I will buy more…
One of my favorite rooms in the world
Not balanced, too candied, too much vanilla/honey, still liked it, but needs a more balanced presentation with better base rum flavor.
One of the Best rums in existence
Sweet with a burn finish. Could easily just put a straw in the bottle and enjoy on a boat all day
Honestly pretty bad. I was excited based on the reviews, but it tastes like a fake banana candy, sort of like laffy taffy. If you are into that sort of thing, go for it, but I found that I had to bury it in a daquiri to cover how bad and strong that fake banana flavor is
The best tasting rum I have had in a long time! A amazing Vanilla/Caramel instant taste makes this a rich and easy drinkable drink for all taste buds!
Too saccharine sweet. Vanilla is overpowering
Seeing the reviews, I was skeptical but was interested in a sipping rum from the Philippines. I tried it several ways. Neat - the smell is nice, strong, and sweet but no after taste as another reviewer said. It's quite good. I also tried it on a large rock. Also quite good. With chasers - pineapple and then a coke zero, it's a little more diluted. I don't taste the caramel, the sweetness is just right. I thought the pineapple might make it sweeter and it did not. This is a good one to have on my shelf. I'm ordering another.
I like Sweet i am glad i got the Don Papa.
I've gotta agree with the last two ratings.... I've no idea how the average rating is so high.
Overly sweet with an artificial banana syrup character and an almost chemical aroma in there somewhere.
Really not for me. If you're into quality rums for sipping definitely avoid this.
I found it to be very sweet with a cloying, almost medicinal smell lingering after a sip. My Fiancée liked it however.
Buyer beware. This smacks of artificial sweetness and a ton of caramel. Makes me think someone poured raw caramel into the barrel and let it ferment. I understand why a casual run drinker would enjoy this, but it’s not for anyone who knows better.
If you like Butter Rum lifesavers, this is like drinking one of those with a very slightly fruity after-taste.
I do not care much for Ruim. This was fantastic.
This rum is great on the rocks. A sweet profile. Its one to keep on the shelf
Extremely sweet. Very good. Worth a second buy.
I love it! Its a nice sipping rum that doesn't need a chaser. I would definitely recommend this rum to family and friends.
This is a very good sipping rum One of the few few I can drink neat but definitely worth the price
This is one of the first alcohols that we would fight over the last drop; it's that good. Incredibly smooth, sweet without tasting like candy, each taste subtle so no single flavor overtakes the others. Before we even finished the small tasting bottle, we were already looking it up online to learn more about the distillery and to purchase an entire bottle!
A great sipping rum with a caramel flavor. I'll be buying more.
Love the caramel flavor!
No mixer needed. This is fine on its own. Great spiky sweet taste that goes down smooth but has a tad bit of a kick to it. If you are newer to drinking this is a great introduction
My favorite sipping rum
Strong nose of brown sugar and cream soda- maybe a hint of candy corn? We sipped strait at room temperature because there was no waiting! Very sweet and very caramel-y. I got a taste of fruit on the tongue- almost a blood orange- with light vanilla tones throughout and the oak rounds off the end. We were both a fan and will definitely have a bottle in our future.
A favorite for both of us - deliciously sweet smell and no disappointment in the taste. Smooth finish, delicious is the word that keeps coming back to us!
Quite smooth with a very very sweet taste and smell. The vanilla and candied taste are right there and it finishes nicely. You'll like this if you like it sweet but may want to avoid if a too sweet drink is too much for your palate.
The only Rum I’ve had so far that could stand alone. Very impressed, especially considering the price.
Sweet and fruity. I really like this one!
Sweet, but tasty. Definitely can be sipped neat or with ice. Rum should have a sweeter taste so no idea what other reviewers are complaining or surprised about. Would buy and drink again.
Love the taste. Wasn’t expecting it to be so sweet; caught me off guard in a good way. Very smooth and easy to drink
Sweet even for rum, would not be able to sip this
Great flavor! Very smooth
I love this palate. Sweet yet smooth going down. Love the flavor.
Tastes like medicine
I love the sweet, vanilla taste.
Very good and sweet with notes of vanilla and honey.
So smooth. Tastes like dessert.
Best rum yeti.
Medicinal, like Orange cough syrup.
Nice honey sweet, but not too sweet. Smooth flavor all around
Very good rum. I like the sweet taste of caramel, honey, and vanilla.
Lovely rum, alone or with a mixer, nice aftertaste
I love a good dark rum and this had such bold flavor to it that I had a hard time only taking a sip (my husband and I share the tasting box).
Loved the flavor! Became a little too sweet after more than a couple drinks, but still one of my favorites.
A special rum from Philippines, I was hasty before tasting it, but for sure it exceeded my expectations. Totally recommended and one of my best rum selections.
Verry nice mixing rum. Sweet aftertaste with hints of Vanilla.
A sweet rum, with long fruity aftertaste. Totally recommended!
This was my worst rum experience. The taste is so sweet that nobody was able to enjoy it. I bought this because of the high score and good comment, now i really dont't know what are they taliing about.
I would recommend you to buy a dictador or zacapa for this price.
Very sweet on the nose, almost dessert-like, but tasty. Would definitely buy for a sweet sipper
I’m not a rum drinker normally (whiskey girl) and I LOVED this. Smooth & perfect to mix anything with.
From the game of rums sample, this was my favorite. Incredibly sweet which for me was nice.
Definitely on the sweet side. Easy to drink on the rocks or neat. Not really a mixing rum but if I were to mix it, I would probably use juice.
Very smooth and sweet. Wonderful aroma. Overall great taste.
good rum overall, but wasn't a huge fan compared to the other game of rums samples
Taste was phenomenal nice sweet note, but not too sweet, great for sipping.
This rum could almost be enjoyed on its own. It would be fabulous in cocktails. There was such a depth of flavor, nice sweetness with little bite. This was by far one of the most interesting runs I’ve ever tried.
Nice honey taste. Mixes very well!
Loved this. Surprisingly flavorful. Very smooth.
There are some other very interesting notes . The orange is more reminiscent of jellied orange slices and the oak has some element of earthy de aged oak leaves. A very interesting sip!
Sweet but pairs very well with egg nog
Very sweet and smooth. Citrusy and a little bit of spice
It is an extra-rich, Dark Rumtht has a rich & aromatic birth; while a rich & full life leads to a long & rich death with notes of biscuit, sugar & caramel.
I’m usually not one to go for sweet drinks and rum is really not my thing, but the flavors of this one are amazing. This is a rum I would keep in my cabinet ... and the price isn’t bad either.
Sweet and delicious on the rocks. Lots of caramel notes.
It has a very specific Taste that even for me is too sweet to drink straight. However mixed with smokey cola's you get an amazing unique taste
Delicious after dinner. Added to my favorites!!
Tastes like pleasant honey/caramel candym definitely a dessert rum.
Hints of butterscotch
Loved it; the hint of cinnamon gave it a really great flavor. I enjoyed it with my steak and YOU should get you some too!
Rich and smooth, with crazy sweetness flavors. Not the perfect sipping rum but it was fun to try. This thing could make some crazy good and complex cocktails.
This is a great RUM, smooth and rich as well as little afternote of sweetness. Goes down easy and just a pleasant drink. By the way, I am a Don PAPA....great to have a namesake drink.
Extremely smooth with a lovely sweet aroma and one of the nicest finishes I've experienced
Amazing smell of honey and fruits, but smells nicer than it taste. It’s too damn sweet for me. Won’t buy a bottle of it.
Very strong herbal aftertaste, sweet dark rum, no extras..
Wery nice and sweet
Sweet fragrant and rather delicious.
A bit too sweet. Almost overwhelming vanilla kind of coconut smell and taste.
Very smooth, very prominent vanilla flavor, underlying hints of candy, caramel, popcorn, overall rather one-dimensional and too sweet for my liking. The rum equivalent of a desert wine.
Way too sweet for my taste.
Well balanced, but too sweet. Vanilla so strong that feels like added.
Almost cherry aroma, no harsh taste but lovely cherry vanilla that hangs around. Delicious.
Candied fruit and a Diet Pepsi syrup forward. Seriously, add some seltzer water and you've got a passable soda. Interesting key lime sub notes. Not a favorite but an interesting experience.
Love this one, smooth and sweet, will definitely be adding this to the bar!
Unusual rum, sweet and easy to drink. Very tasty!
Super smooth. Spicy rum with a vanilla flavoring. Great mixed or even better straight on the rocks.
Superior rum, excellent taste, fair price...
Absolutely loved it!
Very smooth and interesting flavors, quite fruity.
Nose 👃; A lot of candied fruit, a big raspberry (reminds me of Bacardi Raspberry), some fruit , big vanilla,
Taste 👅; Vanilla, a lot of vanilla, big candied fruit, and that raspberry, some oak,
Finish ; Rich sweet, caramel, some spice and more candied fruits,
Sweet! Citrus and biscuit combined to a very smooth rum. Oak comes just slightly in the end. Honey, caramel and candied are hard to divide in the overall sweetness. Smells a little like bubble gum.
Wow what a rum. It is very smooth and with coke and a slight bit of lime it really enhances the drink and makes it a wonderful edition on a hot day.
A bit sweet for my taste with a strong vanilla flavor. Smooth
Lovely, bloody lovely!! Very vanilla. Ginger ale and lime. Gorgeous
Very sweet rum with a vanilla punch in the face (in a good way).
Definitely a sweet rum, surprisingly very good over ice. I don’t know if it’s too sweet for 4 or 5 of these, only got tasting box. Overall very pleased
My new favorite rum!! Difficult to find though.
Very sweet, smell and tast does not follow each other.
A little too sweet and syrupy for me, fantastic banana nose though and overall tasty. Interesting and different from your typical Caribbean varieties; strong butterscotch flavor.
Very unique flavor. It's nice and sweet but perhaps too much of a candy aftertaste. Would be nice on its own, but no good mixed with coke which is what I like. Drinkable but not worth £32 a bottle in my view.
Sweet start, sweet finish, with a little fire in between. Definitely a thumbs up for me.
Smells sweet and sugary, can really smell the sweetness. Taste starts off sweet big hit of honey and sugar, then comes the oak and cinnamon and a vanilla after taste. Not one for mixing, keep straight over ice.
The best sweet sipping rum I tried so far..
Strong vanilla/butterscotch smell. Smooth taste, not too sweet. Good to drink straight on ice. Wouldn’t recommend mixing it.
Loved it! Smooth and sweet
Haven’t heard back on this rum. It was given to a friend as a gift.
Great aroma! And the flavor delivers just as much.
If your looking for a very sweet and friendly rum then this one is for you.
Nice vanilla and fruit finish
Nice citrus flavor and aroma. The burn on the end is a bit harsh to me.
A good sipping rum. Good change of pace from my normal bourbon or scotch.
Butterscotch and tropical fruit. Too much sugar
Very fruity and with nice finish
Absolute shit. Just boil molasses and sugar to a simple syrup and add grain alcohol and you've nailed it.
Just a great rum and not over pricey. Great flavors and although not my "go to" drink because I'm a bourbon drinker at heart, its a sweeter summer kick back taste..
Very delicious! Has a sweet candy taste that I enjoyed.
Smooth and flavorful, love the vanilla and caramel
Too sweet. Reminiscent of bubble gum or cream soda. While sugary on the tongue has a nice spice and kick on the way down. Definitely not to the taste of this bourbon and gin drinker!
Very good neat. Vanilla and Carmel aroma. A little spicy on the tongue. I really enjoyed it!
Extremely sweet, to much vanilla for my taste. I will probably use it for/in desserts instead of in drinks.
A charming and tasty sipper, I would consider scoring this higher, but it seems impossible that this rum does not include sugar and some other additives to boost the flavor profile.
Smooth, nice ,easy to sip,
Just great!! Easy, but interesting flavour
Great sipping rum
Amazing. It tastes of salted caramel. Hands down the most delicious rum I’ve tasted.
Love love it very smooth
Ok, it’s really sweet. I mean really sweet. I would almost put this in the one pour after dinner category. It’s smooth, but I don’t think it would be possible to have more than one.
Completely love it. Will be ordering another bottle shortly
Real easy sweet rum to drink!
I really enjoyed it. The caramel smell was the most distinct for me. It has a light and smooth taste. I can definitely see this being a good rum for cocktails.
Not Rum. And enough vanillin to give a large rat cancer.
Not Rum. And enough vanillin to give a large rat or small dog cancer.
This rhum is good for mixing. But for a sipping rhum it just too artificial for it's tasting pallet.
This spirit is the nectar of the gods!
Empty, impossible to drink straight. Great with coke or juice though.
The smell is very tropical and fruity, the taste has so many more layers to it compared to others ive tried. its nice and sweet but with lots of subtle notes. Pinnaple, banana, honey, carmel is what i taste. Its a great one to sip in the summer.
Incredible nose, but unfortunately undrinkable. I would prefer a $15 bottle of Legendario Elixir de Cuba over this drink.
This one has an incredible nose on it. The flavor is very sweet with strong fruit notes I had not expected.
Very fruity and smooth. great price too.
Outstanding - well worth the bottle.
Favorite Rum of ours. perfect balance.
A very complex smelling Rum with nice notes of caramel. However, in my experience the taste did not live up to the smell. A bit bland and too sweet. Added some water for my second taste but it did not do much for the flavour.
Aside from my namesake "Don Papa"- is just such a wonderful drink. I pour it over a little ice and just sit back and relax. So smooth and such a mild taste. So glad to have made the purchase. Thanks for making it available.
Vanilla, vanilla, vanilla. The first word that comes to mind. Very buttery on the nose. A lot of vanilla on the palate. Long spiced finish.. Almost reminds me of flat cream soda with a spicy kick.. I’ve only tried it neat though so it may improve in a mix but overall - nice try - but not great 3/10.
A real disappointment... tastes like soda syrup without the bubbles. A bought it as a gift for a friend but after tasting it with him I had to apologize and take it back with the promise of something better to replace it!
Typically I am not a straight liquor drinker, mostly because I haven't found much that I can enjoy without some kind of mixer. This rum is certainly meant to be enjoyed neat. It has a buttery flavor that is super smooth and easy to sip. I will certainly buy it again and keep it on hand for those occasions when I just want to enjoy the flavors the liquor brings on its own.
To much vanilla for me. But still delicious.
Vanilla, sweet and very specific taste but I prefer the 12 year old one.
Unique flavor, reminds me of Pussers Rum in its flavor profile. Vanilla, fruit, banana, sweet and excellent straight or with a little pineapple juice. Tropical vibes and Mai thais here is come.
I liked it. I know the purists will probably hate this, but as a sweet, dessert run, it's fine.
Sweet. Large hints of vanilla and caramel. A bit spicy on the palette. Easier drinking than Bumbu as it isn’t as sweet but still pretty sugary. You really get the candied notes on the nose.
Smooth and full of flavor. This is a rum I could drink all day. Great as a stand alone, this tasty rum also goes great with other blends and perfect with cola. The sweet vanilla presence lingers on the pallet, which I happen to appreciate.
Smooth delicious rum, much better than their 12 year.
Very sweet dessert rum, the sugar cane used is too good to pass
Not a big rum drinker--but could drink this all day long
Love this! Could drink all day! Honey overtones to die for.
Delicious and sweet.
Really happy right now.
Very good with some very strong candied notes. Almost a little too sweet for my palate.
Excellent, great taste and very smooth, great for sipping.
I can't describe how good this is. It's like a a light sweet smokey caramel. It is the best rum I've tasted so far. Flaviar why don't you have bottles of this stuff?
I actually don't have the words to describe this, but I WILL be buying a bottle of this (got my taste from Game of Rums tasting box)
Sweety ron. Very nice
Vanilla-Fruity Taste, very delicious
Extremely smooth, very drinkable. Only negative was I found it slightly too sweet.
Syrupy. It was very sweet, sugary. Almost like sugar cookie on the nose.
Light, lots of vanilla flavor. A great, lightly sweet run that's great for sipping.
This is no rum...
Sugary Orange profile, almost like a liquor. Nice for sipping if you like sweet rums.
Question - how is it 7 years old if it was only started in 2011 by Stephen Carroll? Was the spirit already distilled and maturing?
This one is almost as rum should be!!!
My Best 😜
Sweet and vanilla.
Zitronig, süß und frisch. Wäre ein hervorragender Rum, wenn die Vanillenote nicht wäre.
Sweet & Fruity. Something never tasted before. :)
Einer der Besten Rums zum gechillt trinken. Geile Flasche, tolles Etikett! Ich freu mich schon auf den Don Papa 10!