Rounded nose with citrus notes of grapefruit, mandarin and key lime mixed with vanilla, oak and a touch of crisp almond. Creamy mouth with buttery vanilla taste. Layered with soft mango, orange peel and hints of pineapple.Nutty, clean and exceptionally smooth. Inspired by the sea-going adventures of Hemingway, Papa’s Pilar Blonde is named for the vessel that allowed America’s literary giant to reach beyond the shoreline and feast on life. Even at the helm, Hemingway was never a spectator, and Papa’s Pilar Blonde is crafted to harness that same spirit of adventure. This crisp blend is distinguished, worldly, and lasting. Just like Papa himself. Rum was once a noble spirit. It was served aboard warships, rationed to visionary explorers, and used to sustain the Founding Fathers as they plotted revolution. Rum was consumed by men who understood that you only get one shot at life. Standing still, they’d say, was a waste of valuable time. Ernest Hemingway was this type of man – an adventurer who lived life to the fullest. He indulged us with glimpses of a vibrant life by stitching together distant cultures, passions, and people using the power of the written word. Inspired by his appetite for adventure, we’ve proudly created a super-premium rum: Papa’s Pilar. It is a spirit born of multiple rums hand-selected from the Caribbean, Central America and Florida. The rums are then brought to the U.S.A. and married together in our unique Solera aging and blending process. Papa’s Pilar Dark and Blonde rums are crafted to reflect Hemingway’s passions on both land and sea. If the shape looks familiar, that’s because it’s styled after the aluminum canteens carried by US infantryman for most of the 20th Century. The bottle pays homage to Hemingway’s duty as an ambulance driver in Italy during World War I and his exposure to the Normandy landings in World War II. Why the chain? US infantry canteens used a chain to tether the screw cap to the bottle. The cap could be left slightly loose on the march – allowing drops of water to slosh out and soak the canvas covering. Evaporation kept the contents cool. Last but not least, etched into Pilar’s bottle cap is a compass – the simple yet indispensable tool that provides comfort and direction to adventurers on land and sea. The compass on Pilar Dark’s cap has the African Sun logo in its center, signifying Hemingway’s adventures on land.