Filipino rum brand Don Papa has launched a new “rare” expression that has been aged for several years in toasted American oak casks.Don Papa Rare Cask is distilled from Noble sugarcane and bottled at 50.5% abv. Each cask is hand-selected by Don Papa's master distiller, which has been made unfiltered and unblended. The expression is described as “rich and powerful" on the nose, “smooth and fruity” on the mouth, with a “long and fresh” finish. It offers “rich, complex flavours of oak, cacao, and fruitcake”, with a hint of fresh mint on the finish. Rare Cask joins the Don Papa portfolio, which includes the original Don Papa and the Don Papa 10-year-old limited edition. Limited to 6,000 numbered bottles globally, the rum is packaged in a wooden canister, with details of Don Papa’s island home and Papa Isio, the local revolutionary that inspired the rum. To commemorate the launch, Don Papa commissioned wood sculptor Dave Johnson to recreate the bottle and its label in a one-off wood sculpture, unveiled at a recent press event at TT Liquor in London. Don Papa Rare Cask will be available at a selection of bars and restaurants and exclusively at Harvey Nichols from November 2017, in-store and online. It has an RRP of £65.00.