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The Spirits are Calling. Will you answer? Join us July 15-19, 2015 as the international spirits community answers the call, returning for another spirited round of Tales of the Cocktail®.
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Wednesday, July 15 • 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Don Pancho: The “Godfather of Rum” presented by Terlato Artisan Spirits

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Don Pancho Orígenes Master Blender Francisco “Don Pancho” Fernandez knows what it takes to make a super-premium, aged Cuban-style rum quite possibly better than anyone else in the world. And that is what he will share with his guests at this tasting.

Recognized as one of the most experienced and respected rum blenders in the world, Don Pancho was instrumental in modernizing Cuba’s rum industry in the 1970s and was the master blender for Havana Club until the government sold it in the 1990s. After receiving permission to leave Cuba after the sale, he relocated to Panama and discovered a neglected distillery in the Herrera region of Panama, which he built into the Las Cabras Distillery.

Don Pancho, will share his remarkable experience and razor-sharp vision of what it takes to make superlative aged rum. Taste both the 8 Year Old and 18 Year Old Don Pancho Origenes’ expressions – both set the bar high for rum in terms of maturity, quality and taste.

Learn what true age dating means and the distinct variables that go into making rum in the Cuban style.

This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet the 76 year-old “Godfather of Rum.”

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Don Pancho

Francisco “Don Pancho” Fernandez began his career in Cuba in the early 60’s working with his father, a wine and spirits merchant. After earning a degree in microbiology, he decided to pursue his passion for creating great rums. In the 1970s as Director of the Cuban Beverage Industry and Master Distiller for Havana Club, Don Pancho led the renovation of the rum industry in Cuba, introducing modern technology, renovating cask... Read More →

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Terlato Artisan Spirits

Terlato Artisan Spirits offers an exclusive collection of hand-crafted premium spirits from around the world.


Wednesday July 15, 2015 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Orleans Room at the Hotel Monteleone 214 Royal Street New Orleans, LA 70130