Varela Hermanos S.A. has a history that dates back to 1908 when Don José Varela Blanco, a young Spanish immigrant, launches the Ingenio San Isidro in the town of Pesé, the first sugar mill in the then recently formed Republic of Panama. The town of Pesé, established in the middle of the XVIII century, is located in a fertile valley in the middle of Panama, where the main commercial activity of its near 10,000 inhabitants is the cultivation of sugarcane. In 1936, agreeing to the wishes of his 3 eldest sons, José Manuel, Plinio and Julio, Don José begins the distillation of sugarcane juice for the elaboration of liqueurs, and was distinguished from the start for products of extraordinary quality. Since then, Varela Hermanos S.A. has maintained a leadership position in the liqueur industry of Panama, and today they produce approximately one million boxes a year. Today, almost a century after Don José started operations in Pesé, a third generation that follows the same family traditions runs Varela Hermanos S.A., Panama’s main liqueur industry. With a solid production infrastructure and the passion and dedication of all the personnel that works in the company, we prepare ourselves for an even greater presence in the international market as exporters of fine liqueurs and rums.
Ron Abuelo 7 Años is a very lovely light gold color in the glass. Held up to the light, the rum takes on the same color as fresh honey. The nose of the 7 Años is dry at first, with hints of flowers and straw. This light, dry nose gives way to heavier, richer notes of vanilla and caramel. It’s a wonderful blend of what one would expect from both molasses-based and cane-juice-based rums. At first taste, Ron Abuelo 7 Años is sweet at the tip of the tongue with warm flavors of toffee and caramel. The mid-palate introduces floral notes of vanilla that give way to apple blossom just before the finish. Ron Abuelo finishes with earthy notes of leather and almost no burn in the throat. The texture is rich and full on the tongue.