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Old 12-27-2007, 10:16 PM   #1
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Default Rum from Panama?

I have a really good friend who's Family comes from Panama. We went to college togther, Smoked Cigars and Drank Rum. I send him a bottle of Rum from time to time. I wanted to know- Are their any brands of rum from Panama? Are they sold in the US? What style of Rum do they make?

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Old 12-27-2007, 10:28 PM   #2
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I have a Plantation rum that is bottled in France made from Panamanian rum.
It is called Plantation Rum Old Reserve 1997 Panama. I have only tasted it once, but I remember it being very different. I would have to taste it again and spend a little time with it to tell you more. It is available in the US, but not widely.
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Old 12-28-2007, 12:17 AM   #3
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Abuelo rums are sold in some US markets. Distribution is best in Florida.
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Old 12-28-2007, 08:38 AM   #4
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In addition to the Abuelo rums which are very good another good rum from Panama is Cohete Premium Gold. I was quite surprised by this one. I did not expect much given it is around $10 a bottle but it was quite enjoyable on the rocks. I get most of my rum from Shoppers Vineyard or Wine Chateau.
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Old 01-06-2008, 03:53 AM   #5
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Ron Abuelo is the primary rum from Panama. They used to have 12 year old bottles with black label. Now their top shelf offering is Anejo 7 Anos. Look for some specials to come out this year as they celebrate their 100 year anniversery.

It was $12 per bottle in Panama.
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Old 12-28-2008, 02:41 AM   #6
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Varela Hermanos produces Abuelo and Cortez rum.

Carta Vieja is another popular rum in Panama. produced in the province Chiriqui
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Old 10-27-2009, 05:36 PM   #7
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I've been carrying Abuelo Aсejo and 7-yr, but I recently encountered a bottle of the 12-year, (white label) and I think that it is shatteringly good.

So smooth, such balance of flavors in the "attack" (and, really, the flavors go across the palate like a cavalry charge).

Wish I could get the 12-year, but my supplier only has the Aсejo and 7-year, alas.
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Old 10-27-2009, 05:44 PM   #8
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I've been reading about a new rum from Panama called Zafra Master's Reserve:

Zafra Masters Reserve is the creation of a world-renowned master distiller/blender whose desire was to produce the finest rum from specially selected Panamanian rums. Zafra Master Reserve is a 21 year old and it is delicate, sweet and intricately enjoyable. The nose reveals tea, caramelized honey, soft wood spice, leather and tobacco. All of these aromas are demonstrated cleanly with incredible acumen on the palate. The finish slides quickly away showing sweet leather, well-aged tobacco and warming baking spice. Grab this Rum and enjoy it neat or on ice.

(the above ganked from Hi Times, in Costa Mesa, California)

For those of us in the U.S.A., it is distributed via Southern Wine & Spirits.

Importer website here:
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Old 10-28-2009, 07:22 AM   #9
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Hey Joe, I hear that Zafra is due for release in the USA right about now. Anything in your pipeline?

The Importers (Dana) are the guys who first brought Zacapa into the States in 1999. I see from your suggestion that Hi Times in California is already listing it as in stock.

Looking forward to seeing this one in the future.
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Old 10-28-2009, 09:20 AM   #10
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Aswell as the rums mentioned above there is Ron Cortez and Ron Portobelo, which are best described as mixing rums. There are a lot of businesses here that shop for product in Panama because of its duty free zone. So there is a regular supply of Ron Cortez and out of date beers.
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