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What AreYou Drinking- Right Now?
Poltergeist
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From: Germany
Posted: 2016-01-28 12:40 am   Permalink

Great to hear you enjoyed your first premium Mai Tai.

Quote:

On 2016-01-27 14:03, Warboys wrote:
Any idea for replacements for the VSOP? That bottle is my most expensive and I don't think I possess anything that could replace it right now.



I just noticed that the picture you posted in the "What's your latest rum purchase?" thread shows the 10yo Clément...


 
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Warboys
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Posted: 2016-01-28 04:08 am   Permalink

Oh... is it not the same? I guess I need to talk to my supplier, as their website (and my receipt) says VSOP.

Why oh why do rum companies decide to make all their labels look similar? I got the wrong Lemon Hart and get confused between Appleton V/X and 12 year all the time.

EDIT: After checking their website it looks like a mistake that benefits me. They have the 10 year Clement listed at double the price of the VSOP. I'm sure money doesn't mean everything, but I guess it's good to have a 10-year instead of a VSOP?

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Poltergeist
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Posted: 2016-01-28 05:10 am   Permalink

I haven't tried neither and "older" doesn't inevitably equal "better" (it often does, though) - but if I were you, I'd leave it at that
You can still add the VSOP (or any other ~4yo Agricole) later and be happy about having two rums for the price of one.

While we're at it: The Appleton Signature Blend is what used to be the V/X, the Extra 12yo is now called Rare Blend.
Your mistake or theirs?


 
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Warboys
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Posted: 2016-01-28 05:42 am   Permalink

Mine. I wanted V/X and 12 year but I forgot which one was renamed to Signature Blend for my Mai Tai recipe

 
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kkocka
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Posted: 2016-01-28 10:49 am   Permalink

Was supposed to attend a presentation in Anaheim but was denied entrance, so I detoured to Sam's for a quick Murky Mojito and Mai Tai.
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mikehooker
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From: Austin
Posted: 2016-01-28 1:00 pm   Permalink

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On 2016-01-27 14:03, Warboys wrote:
So I went and made my first Mai Tai. I used the Beachbum's recipe with RumDood's recommended mix of Appleton 12 (now Signature Blend iirc) and Clement VSOP.



...Unfortunately I screwed up the Curacao pour (measuring it over the glass + a very unsteady hand) so I guess I got an extra 10-15mls of Bols in there, but it was still pretty delicious.





Congrats on your first mai tai! It's my favorite drink to experiment with using different rums and proportions. Looks like what you thought was an Appleton 12/Clement VSOP blend (based on the photo of your new purchases in the other thread) was actually Appleton V/X and Clement 10 year, which surely gave you nice results. My two favorite mai tai's to make are Appleton 12 (now rare blend)/El Dorado 12 and Appleton 12/Clement VSOP. I personally don't have the Clement 10 year in my bar but was once made a mai tai with it and it was delicious.

My advice for a shaky hand, especially if you've already had one or two drinks, always pour the cheapest ingredients first, saving the rums for last, and always pour over a hard surface, not your glass. So if you totally screw up the curacao you can either start over without it hurting your wallet, or adjust the rest of the ingredients accordingly. Also, I often put pour spouts on my bottles, especially when they've just been opened and it's harder to keep a steady pour. They're cheap and I just toss em in the dishwasher after each use:

http://www.amazon.com/Update-International-Free-Flow-Liquor-Pourers/dp/B0037XA1OM/ref=sr_1_2?s=kitchen&ie=UTF8&qid=1454014582&sr=1-2&keywords=pour+spouts

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PalmtreePat
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From: Los Angeles, CA
Posted: 2016-01-28 4:58 pm   Permalink

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On 2016-01-27 21:41, thePorpoise wrote:
Quote:

On 2016-01-27 16:02, PalmtreePat wrote:
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Any idea for replacements for the VSOP? That bottle is my most expensive and I don't think I possess anything that could replace it right now.



I'm sure I'll rankle someone by saying this, but you could try Barbancourt 5 star instead of VSOP. It's a fresh cane rum, double distilled, aged in oak, which hits all the right notes as far as I can tell, but it goes for twenty bucks a bottle.



I was going to suggest the same thing Pat, except that I was going to step it down to the Barbancourt 3 star!



The three star is what I usually use when I can get a deal on it. At the moment the only liqour store near me with it in stock is charging 20 clams for it while hi times has the five star on special for the same price, but I've seen good old three star go for around 16 on a good day. I agree with The Bum that the five is a better mixer standalone, but to my palate the three comes amazingly close when its working with other rums.


 
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swizzle
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Posted: 2016-01-28 5:31 pm   Permalink

Man, you guys always complaining when you have to pay a couple of dollars more for a rum than you usually do. You should be grateful you have such a huge variety to choose from and how cheap liquor actually is in the U.S.

This is from the cheapest liquor store in the whole of Australia. AND, it's a special order, i can't actually go into the store and buy it.


Around $57U.S. at the current exchange rate.


Around $66 at the current exchange rate.

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PalmtreePat
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Posted: 2016-01-28 5:41 pm   Permalink

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On 2016-01-28 17:31, swizzle wrote:
Man, you guys always complaining when you have to pay a couple of dollars more for a rum than you usually do. You should be grateful you have such a huge variety to choose from and how cheap liquor actually is in the U.S.

This is from the cheapest liquor store in the whole of Australia. AND, it's a special order, i can't actually go into the store and buy it.


Around $57U.S. at the current exchange rate.


Around $66 at the current exchange rate.





Holy hell!

*Curls into fetal position*

I'll never bitch about liqour prices again dad...

*Crying*


 
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hang10tiki
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Posted: 2016-01-28 7:20 pm   Permalink

Swiz:


Good IPA



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HopeChest
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From: East Bay, CA
Posted: 2016-01-28 8:32 pm   Permalink

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On 2016-01-27 14:03, Warboys wrote:

I decided to try experimenting a bit, since I have no palette for Rum yet, and switched out the Appleton for the Smith & Cross for a second drink. Unfortunately I screwed up the Curacao pour (measuring it over the glass + a very unsteady hand) so I guess I got an extra 10-15mls of Bols in there, but it was still pretty delicious.

It was only after I got halfway through and the room started spinning that I realized Smith & Cross is 57% ABV compared to the Appleton 12's 40%... so that would explain the punch in the face! I suppose I'll bring out the S&C when I want to knock someone's socks off!




I absolutely adore Smith & Cross in a mai tai. It's definitely not for everyone - the missus hates it and thinks I'm crazy (which I am but not about this...). Not sure if you can get El Dorado 12-year out there but my two personal fave mai tai combos are:

1.25 oz El Dorado 12-year
0.75 oz Smith & Cross

or

1.25 oz Appleton Estate (Signature or Rare Blend 12-year)
0.75 oz Smith & Cross


 
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bamalamalu
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Posted: 2016-01-28 9:25 pm   Permalink

We bought limes! Very much enjoying our variation of the Hawaiian Eye from Intoxica. We used Goslings for the gold and substituted Plantation for the white. Then went wild and crazy and added mint. Delicious!
Reminds us of Tiki Ti's Rum, Gum, & Lime.





Thanks for reminding me to appreciate our prices, Swiz. Ouch.

And Nice work, kkocka!


 
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thePorpoise
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From: Tampa Bay
Posted: 2016-01-28 9:37 pm   Permalink

I'm enjoying an ice cold bottle of Koko Brown ale, by Kona Brewing Co.

 
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thePorpoise
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From: Tampa Bay
Posted: 2016-01-28 9:42 pm   Permalink

all this talk of mai-tai's has me in the mood to mix up a few, 'cept there's a problem: the only dark rums i've got on hand are El Dorado 21-yr-old and Appleton Estate 21-yr-old... my kingdom for some younger rum!

 
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The Below Decks
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Posted: 2016-01-29 09:34 am   Permalink

The Below Decks Mash Old-Fashioned!




 
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