Panama-Pacific 9 year old rum has arrived. Memorializing the century-long history of the Panama Canal and the Panama Pacific Exposition of San Francisco in 1915, Haas Brothers celebrates their long legacy in the spirits business in California since 1851 with this outstanding expression of fine Panamanian rum.

Panama-Pacific Añejamiento 9 is a Spanish-style molasses-derived rum made at the Ingenio San Carlos distillery at Las Cabras, Panama.

Panama-Pacific 9 year old aged rum from Panama celebrates the Pacific Exposition of San Francisco in 1915, the Panama Canal and the long history of Hass Brothers in California.

Panama-Pacific 9 year old aged rum from Panama celebrates the Pacific Exposition of San Francisco in 1915, the Panama Canal and the long history of Hass Brothers in California.

The distillate was made in a historic Coffey copper column still at a slightly lower proof than average to develop rich character.

The new rum rests in Kentucky bourbon casks for the first three years, before moving to exhausted Tennessee whiskey barrels for a gentle maturation.

On the nose we find slightly bitter oak and vanilla bean well balanced by creamy notes of toasted muscovado sugar, creme brûlée and cacao before juicy fruit, along with hints of coconut, banana and cherry/almond. The palate offers a delicate buttery entry with dark caramel building to a bright warmth at mid-palate, followed by more wood before a hint of cherry/almond and cocoa nibs fades to reveal delightful butterscotch dessert notes over old wood in the long finish.

The youngest rum in this blend is 9 years old. Bottled at 47.3% (94.6 proof) the 750ml bottle of Panama-Pacific 9 year old rum sells for $29.99.

See Panama-Pacific 9 in Rob’s Rum Guide extensive list of rums.