The name "Don Papa" is inspired by the late Papa Isio, a leader and freedom fighter who believed in the Philippines' independence from Spanish rule. Don Papa Rum is made on the foothills of the active volcano Mt. Kanlaon, in the Philippines, where the ancient sugar mills grind the Noble Cane, the original variety of sugar cane in Southeast Asia dating back thousands of years. This variant is much sweeter than others and transforms into the special “black gold” molasses used in Don Papa. These ingredients are then distilled and aged up to seven years (in the case of the flagship rum) in an ultra-humid climate, intensifying the interaction between the rum and the American oak barrels, drawing out the vanilla notes from the wood.