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Tommy Bahama rums
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From: Portland, OR
Posted: 2007-02-27 08:32 am   Permalink

Tommy Bahama is coming out with a couple of branded rums (to use while you're wearing your $100 shirt and $100 pants from TB!): White Sand and Golden Sun. The website is up http://www.tommybahamarum.com/ but there's not much on it at this point. Will be selling for $30 a bottle in Oregon starting next month.
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DJ HawaiianShirt
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From: NoVA, DC
Posted: 2007-03-07 07:14 am   Permalink

I'd love to know some first impressions when it comes out. Keep us updated.

 
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Scottes
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Posted: 2007-03-07 10:02 am   Permalink

They're selling for $23 a bottle in New Hampshire. I saw them both in stock in the Hampton northbound store.

 
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TofuJoe
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Posted: 2007-03-07 10:51 am   Permalink

These Rums were debuted at a party in Alameda several weeks ago.

I just happen to be at a local rum joint when the reps swung by after the launch, they gifted a sampler to the bar and a few of we lucky patrons got a taster.

I say lucky, but after the taster I think perhaps those who didn't get a taster were the lucky ones.

The silver has nothing to offer. It comes across as a very young rum with vanilla overtones. Some tasters actually got a feeling of agave. The finish was harsh. I'd say it could be used as a well rum, but at the price you would be better off sticking with something like a Cruzan.

The gold was a bit more interesting. It still feels like a young rum with flavor and coloring added. I don't have any flavor notes beyond that. Of the two, this is the more palette-able in my opinion. I'd be willing to give this one a try in a few different cocktails calling for gold rum.

At the price point, these will not appear in my home anytime soon.


 
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martiki
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Posted: 2007-03-07 10:53 am   Permalink

They launched two weeks ago in the Bay Area. I have each of them.

They are terrible. Soft on the palate, but totally lacking in character.


 
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martiki
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Posted: 2007-03-07 10:54 am   Permalink

Whoa! Posted at the same time as Tofu!

He's more generous than I am.


 
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Scottes
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Posted: 2007-03-07 11:01 am   Permalink

Thanks. I hadn't planned on it, but now I know these will not be purchased.

 
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Haole'akamai
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Posted: 2007-03-07 2:52 pm   Permalink

I'll ditto TofuJoe and Martiki, adding that the bottle design itself is super goofy. An overly tall coffin shape with about 3 inches of solid bottom and short neck. The shape alone makes it impossible to put it into any working well, which I believe is purposeful, indicating it's a, ahem, "Top Shelf" rum.

As for a local waterhole, the bottle is too tall to fit on their top shelf, not that it belongs up there anyway.


 
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Mai Tai
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Posted: 2007-03-07 6:58 pm   Permalink

I have also tried both the silver and the gold, and have to say that Martin's rating as terrible is also very generous. We joked that these looked like giant cologne or aftershave bottles, and tasted about the same as well. After all, these are being marketed as a top shelf rum, but compare to a standard well rum at best. These will not be appearing in my home either.
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VampiressRN
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Posted: 2007-03-07 9:05 pm   Permalink

Well...the website is cool. Thanks for the update and the candid taste-test feedback.
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midnite
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Posted: 2007-03-08 1:14 pm   Permalink

I think the gold was kind of cute.

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TikiJosh
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Posted: 2007-03-13 1:06 pm   Permalink

Bought a bottle of the golden sun this past weekend at my local Bevmo. Since it's from Barbados, thought I'd put it up against the only other Barbados rum in my collection at this point-- some regular Mount Gay Eclipse, nothing special. The two rums smell and taste very similar. There's a little bit of something like a brown sugar taste, and there's something at the end that I just couldn't put my finger on. I even made my wife try it, and she couldn't figure it out either. At first I thought maybe it was from some wood used for aging, but I find that unlikely, as there's no woody-ness to the smell. Whatever it is, it's intriguing, but definitely not worth the price tag. It's sort of a coat-your-tongue kind of rum--you'll taste it long after the shot's gone. I think it would probably be okay in a cocktail, but it's not on my list of rums for drinking neat. There are other rums in the price range ($30) that I'd much rather have for that.
Given the price, and it's comparable nature to cheaper Mount Gay rum, I'd say stick with the Mount Gay.
I don't think it's awful as I think only Porfidio is deserving of that title. Porfidio doesn't even mix well. My problem with the Tommy Bahama rum is that it's too expensive for something that isn't any better than a standard well rum. Side by side, it just doesn't stand up. I don't hate the stuff, but I certainly won't be buying more of it unless the price drops by about 50%.


 
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Bincho
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Posted: 2007-03-31 5:04 pm   Permalink

Maybe the marketing ploy will flop and they will be in the 50% clearance section of BevMo soon enough for my end of summer bash--A man can dream, no?

 
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DemeraraDrinker
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Posted: 2007-04-01 08:06 am   Permalink

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My problem with the Tommy Bahama rum is that it's too expensive for something that isn't any better than a standard well rum. Side by side, it just doesn't stand up. I don't hate the stuff, but I certainly won't be buying more of it unless the price drops by about 50%.



Something had to pay for the website, and the bottles, and the probable ad campaign.

I hate it when they spend too much money on the marketing and not on the rum.

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Scottes
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Posted: 2007-04-01 10:25 am   Permalink

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On 2007-04-01 08:06, DemeraraDrinker wrote:
I hate it when they spend too much money on the marketing and not on the rum.


Yes, this bothers me about Leblon, too. Though I have a bottle of the Leblon I have yet to try it. They have some some awards but I still feel like 20% of my money goes into their advertising campaign. I wish that I had known it before I bought it.

Don't even talk about Bacardi's marketing costs...


Perhaps Tommy will get some decent money into R. L. Seale's pockets though. I don't mind that.
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