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 …

Hawaii’s Kō Hana Agricole Rum

Manulele Distillers' pure cane sugar spirits draw from 34 heirloom varietals

In the middle of an aquaponics farm on Hawaii’s island of Oahu, Manuele Distillers produce a very unique spirit: Kō Hana Agricole Rum. Here, farmers grow 34 different types of heirloom sugarcane plants that were meticulously collected over a three-year process. Each varietal is then distilled for a single-origin rum with a very distinct flavor (though, they do have one blend of multiple distillates). This …