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Lush Guide to Don Papa Rum

Did you know Don Papa Rum was the first sipping rum to come out of the Philippines? Created in 2012, Don Papa is a sweet rum with a hint of sweet vanilla which is perfect for your summer holiday cocktails.

Don Papa Rum with oranges

The story of Don Papa begins with Stephen Carroll, formerly of Remy Cointreau who heard that the world’s finest sugarcane coming from the Philippines – and in particular on the island of Negros aka Sugarlandia. He founded the Bleeding Heart Rum company and began to make Don Papa.

Negros island is the fourth largest in the Philippines, and Don Papa is distilled at the foothills of Mount Kanlaon from a molasses base. The name Don Papa was inspired by Papa Isio, the Philippine revolutionary. Papa Isio, whose real name was Dionisio Magbuelas, led a group of shamans, known as babaylanes. He fought against the United States in the revolution of the 1890s and was the last to stand down. He was initially a foreman in a sugar plantation, thus the link to rum and why he appears on every bottle of Don Papa rum.

Don Papa Rum together

How does Don Papa Rum taste

Don Papa is distilled and aged for over seven years in American oak barrels which enhances the flavors of vanilla and caramel.

  • Color: a dark rum with a light copper, caramel hue
  • Nose: Fruity and vanilla, sweet and light.
  • Taste: Vanilla ice cream sprinkled with raisins and caramel sauce with a hint of orange peel.
  • Finish: Medium finish with a cinnamon candy flavor
  • Alcohol: 40%

Why Lush Life loves it

Their gorgeous eco-canisters are made with 100% recyclable cardboard and metal packaging! They are also stunning in their own right – so don’t miss out one or two the limited edition ones.

The cocktails this rum makes are killer. I love the cream soda quality that this Filipino rum adds to every cocktail!

Top Tip(ple)🍸: If you love this Don Papa Rum, try the other expressions, Don Papa 10, Don Papa Baroko, and so many others! You can find them all here!

How you drink Don Papa Rum

Don Papa Rum can be served either neat or over ice in a rocks glass, and it can definitely be used in cocktails.

Cocktails made with Don Papa Rum

Don Papa Rum

Where you can buy Don Papa Rum


UK: You can find Don Papa Rum at Whisky Exchange (don’t forget to use ALushLife10SK to get 10% off! – it’s only for my readers and good on anything in their shop!

USA: You can find Don Papa Rum on Saucey!

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