Don Papa Rum 10: Darker. Bolder. Older.


Somewhere in the foothills of Mt. Kanlaon on Negros Island, a rum with an impressive following in the European market is distilled to perfection. Don Papa Rum is a premium rum inspired by Dionisio Magbuelas, one of the unsung heroes of the Philippine Revolution. Known to his townsmen as Papa Isio, his leadership played a critical role in freeing Negros from Spanish rule during the 19th century. 

The Don Papa 10-year old  super premium, limited edition is the latest offering of Bleeding Heart Rum Company and is being released once again in the Philippines as a seasonal product available for the holidays.

Don Papa Rum 10 Years is deep, rich and powerful on the nose,
with a delicate tingle in the mouth, exuding bold flavours of dried
fruit and cacao, with just the right hint of oak.

The Don Papa 10-year old showcases the Blender's art to perfection, a careful, artisanal process by dedicated craftsmen steeped in the Filipino rum-making tradition. Don Papa 10 is made using only the finest and highest quality sugar cane from the rich land of Negros. The molasses are distilled on the island and aged for 10 years in a re-charred American oak which gives the rum its darker and richer flavor. It is then blended to produce the uniquely smooth Don Papa rum. The Don Papa 10 has a higher alcoholic content at 43% ABV.

Don Papa Rum International Brand Ambassador
Matthias Cadeac D'Arbaud

The French mixologist and former rockstar Matthias Cadeac D'Arbaud is Don Papa Rum's International Brand Ambassador. Matthias has joined Don Papa in 2013 and has helped spread the word about the rum in the European market in several trade shows and launches from 2014-2015. He is now in the Philippines to for a series of events.

Pinoy Sour cocktail libation

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, he showcases 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.

A nationwide search in Europe for the ultimate Don of Cocktails was hosted by Don Papa this year. 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.

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 last July 2015 and was judged by Don Papa Rum's International Brand Ambassador Matthias Cadeac D'Arbaud and acclaimed drinks and travel writer Dan Miles.

Davide Boncimino, Fil-Italian Don of Cocktails

The 26 years old Fil-Italian bartender Davide Boncimino was hailed the over all champion and holds the title Don of Cocktails. Davide's winning cocktail is called "Fix in the Mind" which is reminiscent of his childhood experiences during his visits to the Philippines. 

Fix In The Mind
50 ml Don Papa Rum (regular)
10 ml Briottet Creme de Banana
10 ml Coconut Milk
10 ml Rice Juice or Almond Juice
15 ml Homemade Peanut Syrup
 5 ml  Fresh Calamansi Juice
Dried Bananas or Burned Bananas

Pour all ingredients in a cocktail shaker, add ice and shake. Pour into a wooden glass and garnish with a dried banana.

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 honored 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.", said Davide.

 Las Filipinas by Davide Boncimino

Snapped and Scribbled's poison of choice is the Las Filipinas by Davide Boncimino. This is a light and easy cocktail that draws inspiration from a cross of flavors derived from Italy and the Philippines.

Las Filipinas
20 ml Don Papa (regular)
30 ml Mancino Secco
30 ml Aperol

Pour all ingredients in a mixing glass, add ice and stir. Serve in a rock glass with a lemon twist garnish.

The Don Papa Rum 10 Limited Edition will only be available in the Philippines and France. You can purchase Don Papa 10 at Kultura Filipino, RAMS and selected high-end hotels and wineshops.  For more information, visit