Don Pancho 1996 Sansibar 21 Year Old
A single cask rum from the Las Cabras in Panama, bottled by Sansibar at 21 years of age. One of 285 bottles.
The Las Cabras distillery was originally established as a sugar mill back in 1919. Having settled in Panama 1993, the old warehouse was discovered by Francisco “Don Pancho” Fernandez in the mid-1990s, including an old copper column still built by Copper & Brass Works of Cincinnati in 1922. Don Pancho had a lifetime of experience in rum production as one of the leaders of the Cuban rum industry under Fidel Castro’s government, earning him the nickname, the Great Grandfather of Havana Club. Don Pancho left Cuba when Cubaron sold the distribution rights for Havana Club to Pernod-Ricard, and partnering with his friend, Carlos Esquivel, decided to rebuild the Las Cabras distillery. The 1922 Copper & Brass is now the final column in a five-column continuous still set.
Sansibar Whisky is a German independent bottler, specialising in Scotch, Japanese whisky and rum. Founded by connoisseur, Jens Drewitz, he tastes and hand-selects almost every cask he purchases, on site at the distilleries. An impressive eye for quality, Sansibar have also supported other small independents, acting as the exclusive German distributor for Glasgow's North Star, and Hidden Spirits in Italy.