Origenes Reserva Don Pancho 30 Year Old

Origenes 30-Blk-RG2-USE

Product of:  Panama
Aged:  30 years
Price: TBD
Alcohol: 40% ABV
Context: Premium Aged Rum
RG Rating: 10

Tasting Notes 
Extremely Smooth.  
Origenes Reserva Don Pancho 30 Year Old shows a dark, burnt orange mahogany color, with the telltale green ring of prolonged aging illuminating the rum’s surface as it meets my tasting glass.  Swirling coats the glass with an apparent viscosity.  Legs form and run ever so slowly, as if saying “Why hurry now, I’ve waited 30 years to be out to show my stuff!”  Then even more legs form; this rum is all about time.  Most rums you drink, some you sniff, Origenes you watch.

Pry your eyes away, Origenes has more to offer.  Namely an exquisitely soft caramel bouquet, followed by deep, layered aromas of vanilla and oak, followed in descending strength by tobacco, praline, pecan, orange peel, sourdough bread and nutmeg.  This is a column-distilled masterpiece of delicacy.  Yet there’s a mild smell of alcohol, as if to say; “I am rum.”  Certainly, Origenes 30 year old is complex, but there’s no aroma shouting above the others; all are integrated in a harmonious balance of scents.

Initial taste reveals a full body with a texture like fine milk chocolate.  Abundant flavors live up to the visual clues and reflect the aromas, with some additional fig, and a dry quality from the ex-Bourbon barrels and a hint of white pepper from the alcohol.  Aromas segue perfectly into the flavors and a long sweet finish in one continuous tasting experience.  Origenes Reserva Don Pancho 30 Year Old is magic in a bottle - the best efforts of el Maestro Ronero working in concert with Nature.  

Don Pancho & Barrels-RG-USE

Anecdotes 
Señor Francisco “Don Pancho” Fernandez has been making rum for for five decades. His most recent efforts have gone into notable, yet private label rums, including Zafra, Panamonte and Panama Red, Ron De Jeremy, Bohemio, and most recently the excellent Debonaire portfolio.  Maestro Ronero Fernandez began his career in Cuba with Havana Club, then in Panama with Varela Hermanos crafting the beautiful Abuelo rums, and he has consulted for distilleries all over the world.  After many decades perfecting the art of making, aging and blending rum, Don Pancho has made a rum to suit himself.  In his own words Don Pancho says: “Origenes is crafted for the true lovers of rum.  This rum does not follow any current trends in the market.  It is true to the Cuban tradition.”  Don Pancho is a man with a craftsman’s work ethic; possessing consummate skill and a passion for perfection.  Above all he’s a Gentleman.  If allowed only one word to characterize Origenes 30, I’d choose Velvet.  It has the same gentle touch as it’s creator.

Packaging is suitably elegant, a flared wooden cap tops a natural cork stopper.  The squat heavy bottle, with eight-facets, shows respect for the nectar inside rather than attempting a boastful statement.  After all, those in the know, will know how great the rum is.  A metal medallion bearing Don Pancho’s initials is the only significant adornment.  The back label states simply:  “Origenes Reserva Don Pancho is what rum should be.  No compromises.  Just one man and one vision.”

Don Pancho, Carl & Dave w:Origenes 30

Opinion 
Origenes 30 Year Old is Don Pancho’s masterpiece.  It is the supreme triumph of one of the World’s most accomplished rum masters, who  has dedicated more than 50 years of his life to of making exquisite rums.  En Español, Origenes means “The Beginning”  It is the latest chapter in the history book of rum authored by Don Pancho.  Viva Don Pancho y sus Origenes.  Salud, y muchos más próximos años, mi amigo.  

There won’t be much of this rum, the angels have seen to that.  Only 2000 bottles of Origenes Reserva Don Pancho are planned for the initial release.  Consider yourself fortunate if you own one.

Reviewed:  April 2013 in a private event hosted by Don Pancho at Miami Rum Fest, and again at The Rum Gallery, May 2013.

Photos:  
1. Maestro Ronero Francisco "Don Pacho" Fernandez among his barrels of Panamanian rum. 
2. Don Pancho shares his 30 year old masterpiece with International Rum Council Co-founders Carlton Grooms and Dave Russell at the launch of Origenes during Miami Rum Festival 2013.

© Dave Russell 2017