Set in an entirely white studio in a trendy area of Nottingham, Don Papa Rum hosted an event for a small number of bloggers, company owners and bartenders. A wooden table sat in the centre of the room adorned with an array of candles and flowers, name cards sat at every seat with a beautifully designed nature themed menu and bottles of Don Papa Rum took pride of place in the centre of the table amongst it all.
After saying our hellos over a delicious and comforting Don Papa Rum and ginger beer based cocktail, we sat down for dinner. Throughout the night we were treated to five courses of Chateau Marmot michelin star food, influenced by areas of the Philippine island of Negros Occidental a.k.a Sugarlandia by the locals where Don Papa Rum is made.
The five courses – volcano, rainforest, nature, land and sugar were created with care, presented beautifully, delicious and complimented the Don Papa Rum cocktails we were given to showcase the brand. All of which I’m pleased to say were very much to my taste and has even inspired me to experiment with alcohol more, both in my own home and whilst socialising with friends or family.
A premium small batch rum, Don Papa uses pure sugarcane from the island and sports an incredibly smooth finish aged for more than seven years in American oak barrels. With a lovely vanilla flavour with notes of honey and candied fruits, it’s a drink that can easily be enjoyed on it’s own with ice or served as a number of varieties of cocktails.
We learnt about the brand itself from Matthias Cadeac D’Arbaud – Don Papa’s brand ambassador, who spoke passionately about Don Papa. He told the story of how the rum is made and how he tried chopping down the sugar cane used to make it in the Phillipines with a machete but even after a day of practice was still terrible at it, proving just how much hard work actually goes into gathering ingredients and creating the rum itself.
All the hard work pays off though, because Don Papa Rum is a cut above the rest and a product and brand that I’ve fallen in love with. It truly is a new favourite and one that feels just that little bit extra special, especially with it’s incredible nature inspired branding which is right up my street and wonderful easy to drink taste.
I had the most amazing night with Don Papa, everyone was so lovely and despite being in a room (mostly) full of strangers, the Dinner of the Dons event felt like a family gathering. Intimate, full of conversation, smiles and laughter with good food and great drink.