Exploring the Agricole Rhum Category with Two Specialists from Spiribam

Using a portfolio of fine rums to understand the future of a dynamic, often misunderstood category

Nobody’s surprised to hear of a bad rum experience. A spirit that tastes sweet and generally mixes well, rum (in all its various styles) finds its way into innumerable cocktails. Unregulated in the US (unlike, say, a bourbon or rye), and often lacking transparency, it’s a challenging category to navigate. In fact, many “premium” rums have about 40+ grams of sugar per bottle, but that …

Sipping Don Papa Rum at its Home in the Philippines

From inspiration in the fields of the island of Negros Occidental to bottling in the capital, Manila

In the Philippines, Don Papa premium rum is made from one of the oldest strains of sugarcane grown in some of the richest volcanic soils on the planet. The liquid is crafted in the foothills of active volcano Mt Kanlaon, on the island of Negros Occidental in the country’s Western Visayas region. Launched in 2012, the brand began when owner Stephen Carroll visited Hacienda Rosalia—one …

Damian Aquiles’ Bar Trays Made From Salvaged Items

10 unique objects created by the Cuban artist for the Facundo Rum Collection

Not only his first show in NYC since 2004, Cuban artist Damian Aquiles‘ current exhibition “Alquimista” is also an exclusive collaboration with the Facundo Rum Collection. Teaming up with the luxury rum brand (from the Bacardi family’s private reserves), Aquiles has created 10 one-of-a-kind bar trays—each one a work of art on its own, yet also a fully functional object. Made from salvaged Cuban-sourced paint …