Tuesday, December 8, 2015

DON PAPA RUM

Don Papa is a premium aged small batch rum from Negros Occidental, Philippines. Distilled from some of the finest sugar cane in the world, is aged for more than 7 years in oak barrels in the foothills of Mount Kanlaon before being blended to perfection. Don Papa Rum was introduced to the international market through France back in 2013. The wide reception from both consumers and trade has garnered Don Papa Rum a huge following in Europe. The company has continued its expansion in 2014, opening several more markets with Germany, UK, Czech Republiq, Italy, and Belgium creating more buzz and demand in the region.

Since its launch in 2012, Don Papa has launched to several countries worldwide and is now available in sixteen countries in Europe and Asia, continuing to grow in leaps and bounds. Its flagship spirit, the Don Papa 7 year old, is aged in American oak barrels, giving it a light amber color. It is light and fruity on the nose, smooth and delicate in the mouth with a long textured finish, offering flavors of vanilla, honey, and candied fruits.

Bleeding Heart Rum Company’s latest offering, the Don Papa 10 year old, showcases the Blender’s art to
perfection.  A careful, artisanal process by dedicated master craftsmen steeped in the Filipino rum-making tradition. The rum is aged for ten, long years in re-charred American oak barrels, giving it a dark amber color with hints of oak and vanilla. Its higher cask strength gives Don Papa 10 year old a slightly higher ABV of 43%. Packaged in a magnificent bottle with eye-catching design and a real cork stopper, Don Papa puts other rums to shame and sets a new standard in Philippine luxury.

One of the most notable activities held in Europe this year is Don Papa’s first-ever cocktail competition, a nationwide search for the ultimate Don of Cocktails. The preliminaries of the competition was held in five regions across the United Kingdom, with ten finalists chosen to compete against each other for the title and the chance to visit the Philippines for several guest bartending appearance in local bars around the Metro.

Davide Boncimino
The finalists were instructed to create a Don Papa cocktail serve drawing their inspiration from the label design of Don Papa Rum as well as the spices, fruits, and bitters of the Philippines. The finals of the cocktail competition, aptly named ItsaDonDeal was held in London, United Kingdom last July 11, 2015 and was judged by Don Papa Rum’s International Brand Ambassador, Matthias Cadeac D’Arbaud and acclaimed drinks and travel writer, Dan Miles.

The overall champion, and now Don of Cocktails, is the 26 year-old Half Italian-Half Filipino bartender, Davide Boncimino. Davide’s winning cocktail is called “Fix in the Mind”, which is reminiscent of his childhood experiences during his visits to the Philippines. This winning cocktail makes use of home-made monkey nuts syrup blended with rice juice, coconut milk, lime, and crème de banana, producing an exciting and intoxicating Don Papa serve.

Davide Boncimino is the head bartender of Mr. Fogg’s Residence, which is also named as one of the world’s Top 100 bars. Trained by his mentors, Filippo Previero (former head bartender of Mr. Fogg’s) and Senior Bartender Kata Simon, Davide feels truly honoured to be the first Don of Cocktails. “When I won the finals, I was shocked and needed a few minutes to process what’s happening. The first thought that came to mind was ‘I will go back to the Philippines to visit my lola (grandmother)’”

DAVIDE BONCIMINO’S COCKTAIL SERVES

1)   Fix in the Mind
-       Inspired by Davide Boncimino’s childhood experiences in the Philippines, Fix in the Mind is his winning Don Papa cocktail serve, combining unique home made ingredients reminiscent of the Philippines everyday life
-       By Davide Boncimino
-       Recipe:
o   50 ml Don Papa Rum (regular)
o   10 ml Briottet Crème de Banana
o   10 ml Coconut Milk
o   10 ml Rice Juice or Almond Juice
o   15 ml Homemade Peanut Syrup
o   5 ml Fresh Calamansi Juice
o   Dried Bananas or Burned Banana
-       Instructions:
o   Pour all ingredients in a cocktail shaker, add ice, and shake. Pour all ingredients into a wooden glass and garnish with a dried banana

2)   Las Filipinas
-       A light and easy cocktail that draws inspiration from a cross of flavors derived from Italy and the Philippines.
-       Ingredients:
o   20 ml Don Papa (regular)
o   30 ml Mancino Secco
o   30 ml Aperol
o   Lemon
-       Instructions
o   Pour all ingredients in a mixing glass, add ice, and stir. Served in a rock glass with a lemon twist garnish.

3)   Symphony 10
-       Inspired by Don Papa 10’s bold flavors and the use of Mozart Chocolate Bitters, the Symphony 10 enhances Don Papa 10’s tasting notes of cacao, dried fruits, and a hint of oak
-       By Davide Boncimino
-       Recipe:
o   45 ml Don Papa 10
o   20 ml Mancino Chinato
o   10 ml Cointreau
o   15 ml Fresh Lime/Calamansi Juice
o   2 Teaspoons Caster Sugar
o   2 Drops Mozart Chocolate Bitters
o   Lime/Calamansi Peel and Dark Chocolates
-       Instructions:
o   Pour all ingredients in a cocktail shaker, add ice, and shake. Pour all ingredients and serve in a coupette glass. Add a lime peel and dark chocolate for garnish

WHAT’S NEW WITH DON PAPA 10

Since its Manila launch in December 2014, the Don Papa 10 has gained a wide following for its rich, smooth taste. Its bespoke, impactful packaging has also won several awards locally and internationally, including the Adobo Design awards for Packaging, Double Gold Medal for Packaging Design at the 2015 San Francisco International Spirits Competition, and First Place for Spirits Category at the 2015 Dieline Awards.

Matthias Cadeac D'Arbaud
The Don’s darker, bolder, older brother has now reached the European shores, starting with France
towards the start of 2015. Its wide reception in the French market has made fanatics of Don Papa Rum something to look forward to in their respective countries, with further demand of Don Papa 10. To date, the 10 y.o has been launched in several European countries, with different and exciting interpretations of its character. It is now available in France, Belgium, United Kingdom, and Germany.

This year, the team behind Don Papa Rum welcomes again its International Brand Ambassador, Matthias Cadeac D’Arbaud, who joined the team in 2013, to visit the Philippines for a series of exciting Don Papa events. The former rockstar turned mixologist has helped spread the Don Papa word to the European market in several trade shows and launches from 2014 to 2015.

Matthias curated six of the ten Don Papa cocktails found in its signature cocktail booklet, which was released in December 2013. For his visit this year, Matthias will be showcasing new Don Papa 10 cocktail libations, further amplifying the Don Papa experience. He will be featured in several events for the week, which includes a cocktail laboratory masterclass and guest bartending shift in ABV, a powerhouse mixology guest bartending shift in Rocket Room with Don of Cocktails, Davide Boncimino, and a Don Papa masterclass in Boracay.

DON PAPA 10 COCKTAIL SERVES

1)   Masskara

-       An ode to the bright and colorful Masskara Festival, a yearly festival of smiles held in Bacolod, Philippines.
 -       By Matthias Cadeac D’Arbaud-       Recipe:o   45 ml Don Papa Rum 1

o   4 Fresh Black Berries
o   15 ml Lemon Juice
o   15 ml Elderflower Cordial
o   1 egg white
o   Grapefruit bitters
o   Edible Flowers - Gumamela
-       Instructions:
o   Put all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake, strain and pour into a martini glass. Garnish with Edible Flowers

2)   Don Papa 10 Very Old Fashioned
-       A twist to the classic Old Fashioned cocktail using Don Papa 10
-       By Matthias Cadeac D’Arbaud
-       Recipe:
o   50 ml Don Papa 10
o   1 drop Maraschino liquor
o   2 drops Hopped Grapefruit Bitters
o   2 Slices Orange Rind
o   2 drops Orange bitters

-       Instructions:
o   Pour into a tumbler and add Maraschino liquor, grapefruit bitters, orange bitters, and Don Papa 10. Add orange rind and slowly add ice while stirring.

3)   Deconstructed Cocktail
-       Taken similarly as a spirit bomb, the Don Papa 10 deconstructed cocktail makes use of Dark Beer to compliment its bold, dark flavors
-       By Matthias Cadeac D’Arbaud
-       Recipe:
o   45 ml Don Papa 10
o   150 ml Dark Beer
-       Instructions:
o   Serve the Don Papa 10 in a shot glass separately from the Dark Beer. Take the Don Papa 10 first and drink the dark beer after

4)   Symphony 10
-       Inspired by Don Papa 10’s bold flavors and the use of Mozart Chocolate Bitters, the Symphony 10 enhances Don Papa 10’s tasting notes of cacao, dried fruits, and a hint of oak
-       By Davide Boncimino
-       Recipe:
o   45 ml Don Papa 10
o   20 ml Mancino Chinato
o   10 ml Cointreau
o   15 ml Fresh Lime/Calamansi Juice
o   2 Teaspoons Caster Sugar
o   2 Drops Mozart Chocolate Bitters
o   Lime/Calamansi Peel and Dark Chocolates
-       Instructions:
o   Pour all ingredients in a cocktail shaker, add ice, and shake. Pour all ingredients and serve in a coupette glass. Add a lime peel and dark chocolate for garnish


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