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?
Member Reviews and Ratings of Don Papa Small Batch Rum
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!