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 Anejo is the entry-level rum in the Ron Abuelo lineup, and though it doesn’t carry an age statement, three to four years is a safe assumption. It starts out a bit alcoholic on the nose, but let it settle in the glass for a few minutes, and much of that heat dissipates. Dive in again to find standard rum aromas of brown sugar and molasses. Take a sip and the rum is sweet and spicy, with notes of vanilla, sugar cane and butterscotch, plus hints of cinnamon and nutmeg. It’s a light-bodied rum lacking in complexity, but those few years in oak have ironed out much of the harshness associated with rums this young. The finish is pleasant and moderate in length, turning very dry toward the end.