Solera aging. Bourbon. Rum.
The common thread: Papa’s Pilar Dark.
It’s a growing trend: cross pollinating spirits in order to capture the best elements of both into a single, exceptional product. Here at WJ we know whiskey and sometimes, we enjoy rum. Papa’s Dark is the latest on our list. Released only a few months ago, we first stumbled across the young brand at the Miami Rum Renaissance Festival. It’s not often we develop an affinity for a spirit like we maintain for whiskey, but the Dark stole our hearts.
The rums used in the blending process are sourced from our own backyard: Central America, the Caribbean and Florida. Solera aging in bourbon barrels allows this 24 year old power house to borrow the characteristic sweetness of bourbon – a subtlety which lends itself well to rum, apparently. Proofed at 43% ABV makes this a respectable and smooth dram.
As happens with imbibment, mistakes are made. For instance, using mixers here. With its moderately sweet, caramel-y bourbon taste, it is too unique and deserves to be enjoyed uninterrupted. If you’re looking to cut the proof slightly or add some longevity to the bottle (and your night) add a splash of coconut water. It’s the perfect compliment.
Perhaps Papa’s Pilar Dark wasn’t able to leave behind its Angel’s Envy sibling – a good problem to have in this case for rum runners and bourbon fans alike. If you’re looking for something a bit lighter we recommend Papa’s Pilar Blonde. It’s equally amazing and has even established itself in a new category of rum – just don’t call it white.