Don Papa Rum unveils Sherry Casks Finish with Harvey Nichols Christmas exclusive

November 2018 Don Papa Rum, the premium small batch rum from Negros (Sugarlandia) in the Philippines, has launched its newest expression, the Sherry Casks Finish – a limited edition premium rum, available exclusively at Harvey Nichols, in-store and online.  

I was asked earlier in the year, to quote the Bear Necessities, to forget about my worries and my strife, and embark on a pilgrimage across the Philippines, the birth place of Papa Rum and home to the 3rd largest rum market worldwide

It's amazing what can be achieved with a little bit of smart engineering. Don Papa Sherry Casks Finish is a column distilled molasses based rum, first aged for four years in American Oak ex Bourbon casks followed by 18 months in four different types of Sherry Casks: Fino, Pedro Ximenez, Cream, and Palo Cortado.

The rums in these four casks are then carefully blended by Don Papa’s Master Blender to produce a unique limited edition rum, unfiltered and bottled at 45% ABV to further enhance its distinctive taste. 

And I thought Christmas only came once a year? Yes that gag has been lifted from The World is not Enough, but it somehow encapsulates perfectly my feelings around this announcement. Don Papa are firmly exploiting their huge reservoir of talent, from tastemakers, distillers to the farmers that garner the crop and make it all possible. 

What's so special about these Sherry Casks Finish? 

This release from Don Papa embodies all the notes and flavours of a perfectly rounded festive palette; moist Christmas cake, prunes soaked in Madeira, mince pies and Sherry, Port and figs, cherry liqueur dark chocolates, plums stewed with star anise, roasted almond marzipan, pomander, unctuous caramel and spices nuts. 

The only thing that's missing are the After Eight's! (I jest. Or do I?) 

Everybody knows someone that is an ardent fan of Rum. This is a perfect gift for that rum-lover in your life or making yourself the kingpin of the party by turning up with a bottle. 

The Sherry Casks Finish is presented in a unique baroque-inspired design reflecting some aspects of the island’s Spanish heritage whilst keeping the irreverence of Papa Isio’s story, originally a foreman in a sugar plantation turned revolutionary hero who battled for his country’s independence.

Don Papa Sherry Casks Finish (70cl) is available exclusively at Harvey Nichols, priced £69.50.

Top Five Beers on my Radar | The Perfect Father's Day Gift

It's festival season. Time to all sing about how great it would be to rid our world of plastic cups, how Trump is going to kill us all, how capitalism has capitulated under the weight of its own failure, then do nothing about it. 

As an aside the beer festivals are the ones that can be the most fun. Less mosh pits, less queues, more optionality than over-priced watered down fosters. 

The one beer festival I have inked into the calendar will be The Great British Beer Festival at Olympia, 7-11th August. Of course if anyone out there is looking to put a wolf pack together for the Oktober Fest later this year then drop me a line. 

Wait Carl, what about a craft beer I can order for Father's Day?

Well talking of wolf packs, there is a craft beer that will sort your Dad out a treat. 

Introducing, Beerwulf.com (Also the support of this article). 

Beerwulf.com is an online retailer that specialise in craft beer. They have also been working on a really special project with Kompaan brewery in the Netherlands to create a limited edition beer called ‘The Mentor’ to celebrate Father’s Day which is only available from Beerwulf.com. 

There's no better way to celebrate father’s day than sharing a beer and talking about how crap modern music is. 

OK tell me my beer guru, what are the show ponies coming up at The Great British Beer Festival

Straight out of the traps I'm going for one from the Beer Monkey stables, UNCLE MONKS. You're going to get a direct hoppy hit, followed by a slightly sweet & growing bitter balanced flavour. 

When tasting say: Those Americans know how to style an I.P.A right?  


Bedlam Porter (5.0%)

The Bedlam Porter from the Bedlam brewery. Yes because the word Porter is synonymous with Menswear. But I'm also into pale ales and the boys at Bedlam have a strong team ethic brewing the finest beer they can. This limited edition is blended with fresh Fuggles and Goldings hops. It arrives Pale, Crystal, composed with Brown and Chocolate malts. 

When tasting say: Anyone else getting some coffee flavours?


RED RYE 4.7%

I'll admit I've gone purely on the name on this one. Of course from the film Cocktail where Doug asks his young apprentice, know how to make a red eye young Flannigan. This beaut from the Hooky Beer Keg Range is a Pale Ale Malt underpinning a symphony of fruitiness from Willamette, Sovereign, Citra, Amarillo and Chinook Hops. 

When tasting say: Jim Carrey and Charlie Sheen were considered for the role of Brian Flanagan in the movie Cocktail, which in the end was cast with Tom Cruise.


XT Brewing have released Squid Ink; bold beast of a beer with its blend of Columbus, Summit, Galaxy and Chinook hops. Yes, it's dark, (not my normal go-to) but you need to prove you have range on your palette.

When tasting say: It's thought that squid ink could be the cure to heart disease in humans.


But what if I don't drink Carl? 

For my non-drinking friends there is also something here for you too. 

Be sure to check out Braxzz Brewery. A is a recent newcomer into the alcohol-free & low-alcohol category, their 'The Porter' edition is dark coloured and aromatic with notes of strong espresso, chocolate with hints of date and figs. 

When tasting say: Does anyone else have weird drunken dreams.