GSN Review: Papa’s Pilar 2022 Legacy Edition

Papa’s Pilar Rum, the rum brand inspired by Ernest Hemingway, recently announced its 2022 Legacy Edition release, the second in its series of limited-quantity special bottlings.

The 2022 Legacy Edition celebrates the 70th anniversary of the publishing of Hemingway’s acclaimed literary masterpiece, The Old Man and the Sea. The liquid inside the bottle consists of nine different rums from five sources – Barbados, Dominican Republic, Panama, Venezuela, Florida – which is then finished in hand-selected French Oak Apple Brandy barrels.

“I’m inspired by Papa Hemingway daily and the 2022 Legacy Edition was a way for me to tap into that inspiration even further while celebrating his life’s work and highlighting innovative rum finishing techniques,” said Master Distiller Ron Call. “I hand-selected some of the most unique barrels for finishing: French Oak Apple Brandy casks. These brandy casks produce apple-forward characteristics, which is rare in rum. You’ll also find notes of vanilla with a touch of honeysuckle and a dark rich honey finish. The result is a rum unlike anything you’ve tasted.”

According to literary lore,The Old Man and the Sea was finished while Hemingway was aboard his beloved boat, the Pilar. To bring the novel to life for the anniversary and to pay homage to Hemingway’s “Never a Spectator” spirit in an interactive way, the brand created an immersive AR experience that tells the story of The Old Man and the Sea narrated by artist and conservationist Dr. Guy Harvey, and shows Harvey’s first-ever sketches, which were inspired by the book.

For every bottle sold, Papa’s Pilar will donate $20 to the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation, which supports reef conservation, restoration and education, a year-round effort for the rum brand. The bottle itself also serves as a keepsake, wrapped in genuine leather made to resemble the shape of the iconic WWII canteen bottle, and features a pocket on the back that includes a writer’s notebook embossed with the “Never a Spectator” stamp, the motto of Papa’s Pilar Rum. Attached to the side is a black and copper pen  made to match the copper details of the bottle.

An Anniversary Bundle, which includes a bottle of the 2022 Legacy Edition, a copy of The Old Man and the Sea, and a branded ice sphere mold (SRP: $132.99) is also available in limited quantities.

GSN’s Remarks: Definite high notes of crisp and juicy apple greet the tongue. A round mouthfeel with some vanilla, Stollen bread, medium oak and deep rum spirit notes. The finish is extraordinarily long with a baked apple tart finish. Well blended, considering the disparate quintet of rums involved, The choice to age in ex-apple brandy casks works to advantage, weaving them into a whole, while creating a memorable tasting experience. A lovely rum perfect for sipping whilst reading the classic Hemingway tale. GSN Rating: A

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imagesConstellation has unveiled two new flavors to the Svedka vodka line—Orange Cream Pop and Strawberry Colada. Both will be available nationwide beginning April 15 in 50-ml., 375-ml., 750-ml., 1-liter and 1.75-liter sizes, priced at $12.99 a 750-ml. Orange Cream Pop and Strawberry Colada join a flavor portfolio that also includes Citron, Clementine, Grape, Raspberry, Vanilla, Cherry and the most recent release, Colada, whose success helped spawn the Strawberry Colada launch.

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imagesMiami-based Hemingway Rum Co. has unveiled Papa’s Pilar, a new range of artisanal aged rums. Named for Ernest Hemingway’s private yacht, the brand features two Sherry cask-finished expressions—Papa’s Pilar Blonde and Papa’s Pilar Dark. The Blonde is an 84-proof three-year-old rum, while its Dark counterpart is 86 proof and billed as an Aged Solera 24 dark rum. Pilar Blonde and Dark are priced at $29.99 and $39.99 a 750-ml., respectively. Hemingway Rum will initially launch both expressions in Florida, with additional markets to follow.

imagesJack Teeling, whose family’s Irish whiskey heritage dates back to 1782, has released a name brand—Teeling Whiskey—under his recently formed Teeling Whiskey Company. Teeling Irish Whiskey is a small-batch bottling from hand-selected casks of grain and malt whiskey, which are further matured in former rum barrels. The new product, which retails for around €35 ($47), will initially be available in Ireland, the U.K., Benelux, France and travel retail. Teeling is in the process of laying down stock that it hopes will allow it to start shipping to the U.S. in the coming months.

imagesCraft whiskey distiller WhistlePig has decided to strengthen its core label’s liquid from 100-proof to 101-proof. The Vermont-based company made the announcement via social media earlier this week, promising that the higher-proof version of WhistlePig Straight Rye Whiskey will roll out by “no later than the third quarter.” Released in 2010, WhistlePig Straight Rye is a 100% rye whiskey aged for a minimum of ten years and typically priced at around $70-$80 a bottle. In addition to its flagship offering, WhistlePig’s portfolio includes WhistlePig TripleOne, a limited-edition release aged for 11 years and bottled at 111-proof.

imagesBacardi USA is introducing its latest Bacardi flavor extension, Pineapple Fusion, at the NBA All-Star game this weekend in Houston, Texas. The company will do a series of events for Pineapple Fusion during All-Star Game weekend, leveraging its role as the NBA’s exclusive spirits sponsor. Pineapple Fusion, a combination of pineapple rum and coconut rum, is Bacardi’s 14th flavor extension and its first new flavor since the launch of Wolf Berry and Black Razz last April. Its retail launch will begin in April, selling at a suggested retail price of $14.99 a 750-ml.

All information courtesy of Shanken News Daily