Who loves Rum?
Who loves cocktails and fab food?
Who would like to wear a mask at a party with all of the above and more?
I would I would I would!
Last week Champagne Girls About Town were invited to a charming masquerade party organised to celebrate the UK launch of Don Papa limited-edition 10 year old Rum from Negros Occidental in the Philippines.
It was an exclusive press evening in collaboration with Artist of Masks, Charlotte Tiley, who did an outstanding job in creating the spectacular masks we had a chance to wear. One of the highlights of the event was mask making. Charlotte and her team fashioned the frames for the guests to decorate as they liked, with a mass of fabrics, feathers and jewels provided by the artist. It was great fun – if a bit messy. We all ended up covered in glitter and sticky with glue but it was worth it, especially since we could keep our creations.
The whole event ended up being an enchanting and very atmospheric evening held in St Andrew Holborn, adorned with soft candlelight, feathers and glitter, all giving it the atmosphere of a Philippine carnival.
One needs to mention the food. There was a multitude of beautiful tiny dishes influenced by Philippine cuisine. Each course was exotic and delicious, a little piece of art on the plate. Delightful!
I have to say I was very impressed with the quality of Don Papa 10yo rum and thrilled to meet its creators, Stephen Carroll and the team. It tastes as good as it looks and is perfect to drink straight or mixed in cocktails. I had the chance to try a few during the event: the Old Fashioned and the Blueberry Mule were fantastic. Congrats to the barman – BTW he had the best headdress of the party!
Don Papa 10 yo Rum.
This is small batch, excellent quality rum from Negros Occidental, Philippines. It’s distilled from one of the finest sugar canes in the world, and aged for 10 years in re-charred oak barrels near Mount Kanlaon before blending. The final product is dark amber in colour, deep, rich and powerful on the nose with vanilla spice and caramel, while on the palate is sweet-ish with bold flavours of dried fruits and cacao and sweet spice, with just a hint of oak. Warm and refined, it delivers a delicate tickle in the mouth, gentle enough that you can drink it straight.
The bottle looks amazing too, designed by Stranger & Stranger. The very elegant black and silver packaging caches the eye and looks especially remarkable in candlelight.