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What is Your favorite Rum?
Tiki Centralite

Joined: Mar 17, 2003
Posts: 18
From: A Jack To A King
Posted: 2003-08-11 4:52 pm   Permalink

Back in January I found that Binny's here in suburban Chicago carrys Sailor Jerry Spiced Navy Rum (92proof). I use it in a variety of different cocktails we serve when entertaining guests. I recently purchased a bottle of Marti Autentico Mojito but haven't tried it yet. It has a recipe card attached for a drink called Jealous Bitch, which I can't wait to try.
4 parts Marti Autentico
1 part melon liqueur
2 parts pineapple juice
2 parts orange juice
Shake with ice.
Serve in a cocktail glass (will substitute tiki mug).
Will review later!

Tiki Up!

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Joined: Jul 04, 2003
Posts: 5
Posted: 2003-08-11 7:35 pm   Permalink

old reserve -1983- Plantation Rum from Jamacia on the rocks with a twist of lime.....oh baby

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Sheikh Yerbouti

Joined: Jul 28, 2003
Posts: 4
From: Portland Oregon
Posted: 2003-08-11 9:50 pm   Permalink

I've always felt a good beginner's Rum (or Rum for Dummies, as it were) is Redrum... Goes down easy, makes nearly anything tropical when mixed, and it's got that oh-so-cool name to it...

It's great with Cherry 7-Up...

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Official Mixologist

Joined: Mar 29, 2002
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From: http://www.smugglerscovesf.com
Posted: 2003-08-20 10:53 pm   Permalink

Speaking of good rums... thought you folks would get a kick out of these vacation pix I took in the British Virgin Islands two years ago. This is the Callwood Distillery on Tortola. It is the oldest continuously operating pot distillery in the Caribbean. (over 200 years). It smells wonderful. But I can't stress enough how much this place looked completely deserted when we go there. They make a plain white rum, a decent spiced rum, but an excellent oak cask aged rum. Don't be put off by the pictures of the casks- their rum was taken to a lab at UC Davis some time ago and found to be more pure than Mount Gay. Check it out:

This is the front. Inviting, no?

Interior and some of the casks. It's REAL small.

Out back.

This is the marble basin out back where they press the fresh cane juice. You can see the cane husks to the left.

Great sign inside.


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Tiki Socialite

Joined: Jun 03, 2002
Posts: 1500
From: Huntington Beach, California
Posted: 2003-08-21 09:52 am   Permalink


Great pictures!

Which rum does the distillery go by on their labels?

Is it available here in California?

Love that sign!

So, some rum was "tested" at a lab at UC Davis? I can hear them saying: "Hey, I know, let's check it's purity! First a Mai Tai, then a Scorpion, then a South Seas Zombie, then...." Yup, sounds like pure fun to me!


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Official Mixologist

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Posted: 2003-08-21 2:11 pm   Permalink

The aged rum is called Arundel Rum, and sadly it's not available in California. I'm pretty sure it's not in the US either. Very small production. The only place you can find a bottle is in the Foggy Grotto, where limited tastings of my last (*sob*) bottle are available to TC members.

You can also read about it in Edward Hamilton's rum guide.

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Tiki Socialite

Joined: Jul 23, 2003
Posts: 2158
From: www.crazedmugs.com
Posted: 2003-08-21 7:51 pm   Permalink

Well - on the little trip I took with my Amber Love Goddess this afternoon I found a bar in Reddington Bch. ( just south of the Tiki Garden's Parking Lot) called Conch Republic. I scoffed at what was sure to be a Buffett Buffet and yet... there was a 14 bottle collection of premier rums for me to sample.

I thought I'd log in with my opinion of a few that were mentioned here earlier:

Ron Zacapa Ann. : Like molasses, butter and vanilla... mixed great with lime and pineapple (my tasting mix). Loved the wicker bottle and this definitely won the day.

Flor De Cana 7 year Gran Reserva: Mild and delicious... lost nothing with the "mix" and was a bit sweeter and more drinkable than the Zacapa.

Uhhhh... Barbados... uhhhhh, oh yeah - Ron Barcelo: Closer to a "dark" rum than the others. I was already a bit buzzed when it showed up but noticed a bitter element that wasn't bad - just different. Seems it would be a good mixer for a good sour drink. So I created one there. They had a large cache of fresh limes.

I couldn't believe there was a place like that in all of this Bay Area and I felt for one brief moment that I lived in a real city.

They had a Cohiba White there I'm trying next week - if I can get over there again.

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Unkle Sam

Joined: Aug 17, 2003
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From: Auckland, New Zealand
Posted: 2003-08-21 8:36 pm   Permalink

No mention of the Aussie Rums ?
Bundaberg, comes in a variety of flavours and strengths I prefer the Black label for its flavour the OP is hell strong in flavour and personal mental damage.
The other one they do is Benleigh more of a brown sugar taste to it, smooth and easy to drink.
In the UK years ago I was drinking a nice African rum (cheap too) can't recall the name but it was good.

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Tiki Socialite

Joined: Apr 01, 2002
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From: 1217 mi. North of the Mai Kai
Posted: 2003-09-04 10:32 am   Permalink

Coming from the land of State run liquor stores (Pennsylvania) Where selection, price, conveinence and service mean absolutely nothing.

I found something called Cadenhead 24 yr old Demerera it'll only cost me $112.19

I found the

Anyone ever try or hear of this Scottish rum?
Please judge me by my mugs...
they are an extension of my soul, a mirror of my DNA,
my worth as an individual

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Tiki Socialite

Joined: Jul 23, 2003
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From: www.crazedmugs.com
Posted: 2003-09-04 8:39 pm   Permalink

Well, I returned to Conch Republic on whatever that last holiday was... Monday.

I tried - for FREE - another 6 of those "top shelvers" there. I love accommodation.

Cohiba White blows. Sour and nasty like moonshine. I mean if you're going to get buzzed at least it should taste good, no?

Old Havana was pretty good - very sweet and if you like that sort of thing it's a pretty good deal. Mixes well.

The Ron Zacapa Centenario won the day again.

I tried some Venezuelan Rum that I forgot the name of - comes in a green, shorter bottle with a picture of some distinguished-looking gentleman on it.
It was OK, but not spectacular or (obviously) memorable.

I'm taking the guy a bottle of Cruzan Single Barrel and a bottle of orgeat and teaching his girls how to make a Mai Tai.

I envy you Californians. Even our "big time" liquor stores here have a 12 bottle selection before you move into the Budweiser displays. When I get back out to Oakland like I do at least once a year - I'm going to punish you all... well, not you... but definitely your rum collections.

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Tiki Socialite

Joined: Mar 24, 2002
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From: 1st website dedicated to Tiki Gardens
Posted: 2003-09-05 01:00 am   Permalink


On 2002-09-27 14:04, SoBeTiki wrote:
Pyrat XO is definitely my favorite sipping Rum. Anguilla (where the Rum is made) is also my favorite Caribbean island. Get your hands on the Jamaican beverage called Ting (grapefuit soda) and mix with Pyrat "Pistol" over ice. Yum!!!

TING!!! Damn I haven't thought about that stuff since my NYC days. The Jamaican record shop next door had me hooked on that stuff! My supply dried up when NYC'S finest raided the shop, seems not many people were buying either records or Ting, but small baggies of potent herbal medicine.
And it was potent...

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Tiki Centralite

Joined: Jul 08, 2002
Posts: 41
From: Boca Raton, FL
Posted: 2003-09-05 06:39 am   Permalink

Well, if I could select only one, I gotta go with Myer's Dark!

My other favorites are Appleton, Rhum St. James, and Gosling's Black Seal.

But from the quotes in this thread, next trip to the store I'll have to pick up some of that Barbancourt 5-star.

Thought I'd mention.. recently I tried some of that Marti Mojito... a "cuban style" white rum mixed with mint and lime (and some sugar syrup, I think). I mix that with an equal amount of club soda and squeeze and throw in half a key lime and it's a really refreshing (quick) mojito for a hot afternoon in S. Florida (without having to grow the mint).

By the way.. I'll be out in Anaheim on the 20th for the 40th Tiki Room event.... anyone know of a store in the LA area that sells Lemon Hart Demerara 151-proof?

Jeff Wade

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Tiki Socialite

Joined: May 04, 2003
Posts: 226
From: Stockholm, Sweden
Posted: 2003-09-06 06:05 am   Permalink

In Sweden the state have monopoly on selling alcohol in stores but the rum assortment isn't that bad actually. Some of my favorites available here are:

Havana Club Añejo Blanco (Cuba)
Appleton Dark (Jamaica)
El Dorado Demerara (Guyana)
Havana Club Añejo Reserva (Cuba)
Mount Gay (Barbados)
Saint James Rhum Vieux Agricole (Martinique)

And yes, there are also several different Bacardis available here but I tend to prefer Havana Club



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Joined: Mar 25, 2002
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From: Tradewinds Apartments, Alameda, CA
Posted: 2003-09-09 10:34 pm   Permalink

Thanks to Mike at Delilah's in Chicago I tried a few new (to me) rums lately. I finally got to try the Ron Zacapo - it was my favorite at the rum tasting. Another I tried at Delilah's was the Ron Anejo Anniversario from Venezuela, that JT and weirdunc mentioned erlier in this thread. Mmmmm, it's definitely my current favorite.

I went to Sam's Liquors in Chicago on Mike's tip. Wow, they have an incredible selection of rums, whiskies, and more. I bought a bottle of the Ron Anejo Anniversario, El Dorado 12-yr Demarara, Pisco Capel in the Moai decanter, Coruba Dark (great substitute for Myers's - if the Tiki Ti uses it it has to be good), and a bottle of Old Van Winkle 10-yr Bourbon. I was so excited I forgot to look at the syrups for Falernum! They don't have any of the above rums in my local stores - even the Coruba is hard to find here lately. I highly recommend Sam's if you're in Chicago.

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Tiki Socialite

Joined: Apr 09, 2003
Posts: 3293
From: Victoria, BC
Posted: 2004-02-09 4:52 pm   Permalink

Thought I'd revive an old thread, lots of good info here.

Has anyone else ever seen/tried this rum?

I saw it while visiting Gaithersburg, MD and almost bought it because the label was so cool. I passed on it since my limit was 4 bottles, and it didn't look like the quality was there.


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