Don Pancho Age 30 Year “Origenes” Rum
Okay, so I guess when you’re 75 years old you only want to drink the really good stuff. And if you’re Don Pancho, you had the excellent foresight to plan 30 years in advance.
Don Pancho is now 75 years old and this is his heart and soul, the entire start of the project in the first place. As he puts it:
“The 30 YO Reserva evokes the true orthodox school of Cuban rum, a product not intended for mainstream, in fact a product only for connoisseurs.”
Well, I’m not sure I’m a connoisseur of Rum (yet), but I can tell you this spirit is gonna take you places you’ve never been before. I got a teaspoon sample of this over the summer, and it drove me wild. Don Pancho sums it up neatly:
“This is not an aperitif but a digestive. Drink it slowly, drink it neat. Never alone.”
Think of the cost of the angel’s share – the amount lost due to evaporation. Pancho starts with ten 225-liter barrels for each release of this spirit. As the spirit evaporates, he uses one of the barrels to refill the others. At the end of 30 years, he is left with 1,500 bottles – a “loss” of over 90% to craft this magnificent spirit. Yes, the price is high, but the angel’s share is even greater. Compared to other 30-year spirits, it remains a bargain.