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SUM 2017

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www.GuyHarveyMagazine.com | 21 Papa's Pilar Rum Distillery Grand Opening It's no secret that fishermen and boaters love rum. It's a tradition that dates back to the 1600s when Caribbean plantation slaves first discovered that molasses from sugar cane could be fermented into tasty brew. It's also well documented that one of our favorite rums is Papa's Pilar, a Hemingway signature beverage. Now, the fine fellows at Pilar have, quite appropriately, had their grand opening in May of a distillery in Key West where Papa himself poured back many a mojito. Using only the finest hand-selected rums from the Caribbean, Central America and Florida, the distillery has a state-of-the-art barrel rack that hosts their unique solera blending process. If you've tried it, you know that the blending creates a delectable tasting rum. In addition to the distillery, the new facility features a walking tour through the history of rum and what makes this deep-rooted spirit so special. You will be introduced to historical Hemingway photos and a replica of Hemingway's boat, Pilar, hanging from the rafters, complete with a winged "W" on the bow signifying the make of his vessel, the 38-ft. Wheeler Playmate. Visitors will be able to smell each note that is present in the dark and blonde rums as they make their way to the tasting bar. After all, what is a rum tour without a tasting? Incomplete, that's what! So, after learning about the process, discovering the taste profiles, and enjoying the subtle hues the different woods impart on each expression, you will be able to sample the rums and have new knowledge of history and rum making so you can appreciate it even more. A nice touch: the handmade tasting bar top is laminated with unique Hemingway photos, Key West maps, newspaper clippings and headlines. Now, there's one more thing to do on your Key West bucket list. If you can't make it down, you can always sample Papa's Pilar rum at home or on a fishing boat near you. Above: the bar and memorabilia. Top right: Pilar's blonde and dark rum. Bottom right: In the distillery.

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