92-Proof Expression Draws Inspiration from Cuban-Styled Rum.

Papa’s Pilar®, the award-winning, premium sipping rum inspired by Ernest Hemingway, will release 2,000 cases of Platinum Blonde rum in select markets beginning August, 2018. As the first special release crafted from the brand’s award-winning flagship Blonde Rum, the team of Master Blenders drew inspiration from Cuban-style rum, which is known for being light to medium bodied, smooth and soft.

While the team chose to use the same five premium aged rums as in the Flagship Blonde expression, which are sourced from five different locations throughout the Caribbean, Central America and the U.S., they varied the quantity of the rums (aged from 2-7 years) to produce a specific taste profile the Master Blender was looking to achieve. The five rums are column distilled and solera blended in Bourbon barrels and Spanish Sherry casks. Rich notes from once-used bourbon barrels gives the expression great depth. Other factors, including the cooperage, temperature and different percentage of rums, also impact everything from the nose, color, flavor and finish. Over-proofed at 92 (vs. the Flagship at 84-proof), Platinum drinks smoothly, is incredibly mixable and perfect for cocktails.

“Drawing inspiration from Cuban-styled rum, Papa’s Pilar Platinum Blonde Limited Edition is a light to medium bodied rum that took years to perfect. It’s one of the best batched releases of which I’ve been a part and certainly one of which ‘Papa’ would be proud.”
– Ron Call, Head of Rum Production

Papa's Pilar Platinum Blonde Limited Edition Rum, bottle on wood table

Papa’s Pilar Platinum Blonde Limited Edition Rum

Papa’s Pilar is meant to rekindle a sense of adventure in us all. “Papa” as Ernest Hemingway was known, lived an epic life full of perpetual motion, and Papa’s Pilar was crafted to accompany rum enthusiasts as they sink their teeth into life. Named for his muse and one true constant, Pilar is the vessel that allowed America’s literary giant to reach beyond the shoreline, feast on life and remind us to never be a spectator.

Papa’s Pilar Platinum Blonde Limited-Edition Rum Tasting Notes:

  • Nose: Subtle, clean and verdant with fluttering notes of bright citrus and greenery that offer a nice balanced aroma
  • Taste: Similar to a traditional Cuban style rum, with notes of mango, citrus and vanilla combined with a buttery mouthfeel
  • Finish: Hints of ripe banana complimented by American Oak and a dry full finish

A Platinum Rum is a platinum find. Papa’s Pilar will encourage fans to share where they’ve spotted this exclusive edition as it may never be released again.

Mix up this recommended signature cocktail: 

Hemingway Swizzle

Hemingway Swizzle

Hemingway Swizzle


  • 2 oz. Papa’s Pilar Platinum Blonde Rum
  • 1 oz. Pineapple Juice
  • 1 oz. Lime Juice
  • 1/2 oz. Simple Syrup
  • 4 dashes Angostora Bitters
  • Seltzer (to Top)
  • Mint (for Garnish)

Preparation: Add the rum, fruit juices, simple syrup, bitters and seltzer water to a glass and fill with crushed ice. Insert a swizzle stick, and rub it between your palms, “swizzling” the drink. Garnish with mint.

Papa’s Pilar Platinum Blonde rum is available in select markets in 750ml bottles for a suggested retail price between $34.99-$37.99, which varies by market. For more information, visit PapasPilar.com.