Papa’s Pilar Platinum Blonde Rum

Papa’s Pilar, the sipping rum inspired by Ernest Hemingway, will release 2,000 cases of Papa’s Pilar Platinum Blonde rum in select markets beginning this month.

As the first special release crafted from the brand’s flagship Blonde Rum, the team of master blenders drew inspiration from Cuban-style rum, which is known for being light-to-medium bodied, smooth and soft.

Rums chosen for blending are 2-7 years old, and came from five different locations throughout the Caribbean, Central America and the U.S. The rums are column-distilled, and solera-blended in bourbon barrels and Spanish sherry casks.

Papa’s Pilar Platinum Blonde Rum is 92 proof (versus the flagship at 84 proof).

On the nose are notes of bright citrus and greenery, the company says, followed by a palate of  traditional Cuban-style rum, with notes of mango, citrus and vanilla combined with a buttery mouthfeel. The finish has hints of ripe banana complimented by American Oak.

Papa’s Pilar Platinum Blonde rum will be available later this month in select markets in 750-ml. bottles for a suggested retail price between $34.99-$37.99, which varies by market.

Papa’s Pilar was developed in conjunction with Ernest Hemingway’s estate. The Hemingway family donates a portion of their royalty profits from Papa’s Pilar Rum to charity. The brand works with local charitable foundations and causes dear to Hemingway and his heirs.

Papa’s Pilar recently opened a new distillery and experience center in Key West, Florida, acknowledging Hemingway’s contribution to the city in which he once lived.

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