Ron Abuelo Anejo Rum hard to find in stock!The tropical rainfall, humid days and breezy nights of Panama add character and flavor to these rum. In 1908, Don Jose Varela Blanco, a young Spanish entrepreneur, opened the first sugar mill in Pes just five years after Panama seceded from Colombia. With the encouragement and help of his three eldest sons, he began distilling spirits in 1936 in the same town where it all began. Today, Luis J. Varela, Jr. is the third generation of the Varela family running the company. "Our brand is the expression of our long and passionate quest to produce the finest aged rum in the world,"Varela says.While rum is aged across different regions of the world, the rum distilled in Pes is uniquely flavorful due to the climate in Panama. The tropical rainfall, humid days and breezy nights add character and personality to the development of the rum. In addition, the Varela family controls the entire rum-making process from grain to glass ” they grow, hand-pick and hand-harvest their own sugar cane, distill it into rum and age it in used, bourbon white oak casks in Pes. Their commitment to making the finest rum in the world earned them a gold medal at the 2009 Ministry of Rum Tasting Competition and a double gold medal at the 2010 San Francisco World Spirits Competition.