The story of Varela Hermanos S.A. and Abuelo rum dates back to 1908, when a Spanish immigrant, Don José Varela Blanco, started the first San Isidro sugar factory in the Panama town of Pesé.
Distillation of spirit from fermented sugar cane juice commenced there in 1936. The Abuelo brand was launched in 1976, when a new, modern spirit distillation line, together with modern, stainless steel distillation column system, was installed there. Today Varela Hermanos S.A. is one of the leading spirits manufacturers in Panama. It is also one of the very few that run their own sugar cane plantations.
Abuelo XV Tawny Cask Finish spent 15 years maturing in oak casks. The final stage of that maturation took place in casks that previously held Tawny port. It is one of three expressions that underwent such additional maturation (so-called wood finishing). Its bouquet offers notes of cane sugar, leather, port, dried fruits, caramel, raisins, cocoa, chocolate, black pepper and tobacco.