Review #380. Papas Pilar 24

Review #380 – Papa’s Pilar 24 Rum

Review #380 | /r/Rum Review #1 – Hemingway Papa’s Pilar “#24” Rum

This is a blend of rums that are aged in ex-bourbon and ex-sherry which are then blended. The funky bottle is interesting and has some serious heft to it.


Distiller: Various (Undisclosed)

Bottler: Pilar

ABV: 80pf | 40% ABV

Age: NAS

Bottled: 2016

Source: Bottle, purchased


Nose: Thick, rich maple syrup. Brown sugar. Light rum funk – sweet, earthy, only very mildly meaty. Nose smells like a nice stack of pancakes.

Taste: No heat, but for 80pf that’s not really any kind of surprise. Pleasant mouthfeel, but a a little thin. Very sweet and very maple, brown sugar, vanilla, caramel forward. That’s pretty much all of the notes here.

Finish: Medium in length, still sweet and mild. Really get the illusion of a stack of pancakes as this fades away.

Overall: Overall, this is a very unique product. It almost falls into “one trick pony” classification. It’s sweet, maple bound and molasses forward and there’s not much more. That doesn’t make it bad, it just makes it slightly less versatile. I drank this far faster than I expected but I only reached for it when it was exactly what I wanted. Overall, I enjoyed it and the price of acquisition was pretty good too – it can be found easily under $40. Distribution isn’t great, though. At the end of the day, it’s a nice departure from hugely funky, meaty boutique rums if you’re looking for something unique.

Thanks for reading!

Rank: 6

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