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Luckydesigns
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From: Costa Mesa
Posted: 2003-01-15 12:01 pm   Permalink

I noticed you guys mentioned Hi Times liquor store. That is definately the best liquor store around in my area. Sten can testify that they carry absolutely everything. I have never tried the TV rum but my favorite as of now is the Sailor Jerry spiced rum. If you are 'not in the know', Sailor Jerry is a world famous tatoo artist in Hawaii that specializes in classic tattoos. Check out www.sailorjerry.com. If anything, you should buy the rum just for the sake of having the cool artwork on the bottle.

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SugarCaddyDaddy
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From: Huntington Beach, California
Posted: 2003-01-15 12:11 pm   Permalink

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Luckydesigns wrote:
I noticed you guys mentioned Hi Times liquor store. That is definately the best liquor store around in my area...my favorite as of now is the Sailor Jerry spiced rum...If anything, you should buy the rum just for the sake of having the cool artwork on the bottle.



Yes, Hi Times is my fav too. They are suppose to be one of the stores obtaining Trader Vic's Rums.
Sailor Jerry's is actually pretty good in my opinion. It mixes well with coke (how I usually start my initial taste test). I too love the bottle:



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Shipwreckjoey
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Joined: Nov 29, 2002
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From: San Diego, CA
Posted: 2003-01-19 6:46 pm   Permalink

How ironic I should stumble across this post right after whipping up some Trader Vic's Mai Tais. I was breaking in some new bar stuff I got for Christmas and decided to check out the TV recipe on the mixer bottle for a change & asked myself the same question: "Where do I get Trader Vics rum (light or dark) I've been using my old standbys - Bacardi & Meyers . Called my local liquor "superstore" - Beverages & More here in San Diego and they don't carry it and wasn't aware there was such a product.

 
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SugarCaddyDaddy
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From: Huntington Beach, California
Posted: 2003-02-17 4:59 pm   Permalink

Well, it's been 1 month since I've spoke to Echo Wine, who was kind enough to call me to let me know that I (we) have not been forgotten in reference to locating Trader Vic's Rum. He said that the process is slow-going, but is moving forward to have TV Rum in the Orange and Los Angeles Counties. He said he'll call back when an order is actually ready to leave his distribution center. The TV Rum's themselves have not reached his location....yet.

Just to let you know.

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Pacific Andy
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From: Tahiti
Posted: 2003-02-19 3:14 pm   Permalink

I think the Palo Alto TV is the last one owned by the family all others are franchises. Not too many left in the U.S. but a lot of them in the middle east and europe. A friend and I wanted to franchise a few of them but the price was outrageous just for the licensing rights. Thats why we may open the PA's or Pacific Andys, its much cheaper.

 
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cynfulcynner
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From: Ocean Beach, San Francisco
Posted: 2003-02-19 4:28 pm   Permalink

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On 2003-02-19 15:14, Pacific Andy wrote:
I think the Palo Alto TV is the last one owned by the family all others are franchises.



Really? I was always told that the family owns the Emeryville outpost and the rest are franchises.


 
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PolynesianPop
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Joined: Mar 25, 2002
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From: Corona, Ca
Posted: 2003-02-19 7:32 pm   Permalink

Cynful,
You're correct. The Palo Alto TV's is owned by a friend of the Bergeron family. Apparantly, the owner was a collector of oceanic art and relentlessly pressed the TV chain to allow him to open a restaurant so he could display his collection. After years of pressure, the TV chain finally gave in and ok'd the opening of the Palo Alto restaurant. Although a Trader Vic's, from what I understand, Palo Alto is sort of the 'bastard child' hence, its variation from the rest of the restaurants in the TV chain.



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stentiki
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Joined: Jun 24, 2002
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From: Huntington Beach
Posted: 2003-02-19 7:56 pm   Permalink

TVPA may be a bastard but they still make a mean Mai Tai! Wish they were there when I was I was in school.

Back to the rum...

Went to Hi-Time this past weekend and still no Trader Vic Rum!

Damn! I gotta get me some of that rum!

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SugarCaddyDaddy
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Posted: 2003-02-19 8:48 pm   Permalink

Arty~
Supposidely at this point no one will have the TV Rum (even Hi-Time, and I was there today), until Echo Wine gets their initial supply for distribution. Echo Wine has been pretty good about keeping me informed on the upcoming delivery, so whatever is out it some remote stores now is from older delivers by the old distributor. U.S. Distilling Company and Echo Wine now just have to "get it together" and get the TV Rum out to the marketplace.
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stentiki
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From: Huntington Beach
Posted: 2003-02-20 10:08 am   Permalink

Thanks for the info, Sugar!

I haven't been following this thread very closely and now I know I'm just going to have to settle for Myers right now.

Mmmmmmm. Myerrrrsss...


 
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Pacific Andy
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Posted: 2003-02-20 3:01 pm   Permalink

sorry my mistake, I knew one of the two where still owned by the family. Either way they want too much for the franchise in other areas.

 
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martiki
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Posted: 2003-02-22 09:02 am   Permalink

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On 2003-02-20 15:01, Pacific Andy wrote:
sorry my mistake, I knew one of the two where still owned by the family. Either way they want too much for the franchise in other areas.



Check out this thread for more info:

http://tikiroom.com/tikicentral/bb/viewtopic.php?mode=viewtopic&topic=1563&forum=1&start=30


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Pacific Andy
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Posted: 2003-02-24 09:06 am   Permalink

THanks for the update.

 
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SugarCaddyDaddy
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From: Huntington Beach, California
Posted: 2003-06-06 6:17 pm   Permalink

Finally an update!

I got a call from the distributor, whom I thought by now forgot about me since this post began in January, and he tells me that Hi-Times Liquor has the Trader Vic's Mai Tai Rum and The Dark Rum in stock. Wow! I was totally surprised! I take the 15 minute drive and there it is, only 1 case of each (for now) until they see how well it sells, according to Keith the buyer at Hi-Times.

The Trader Vic's Royal Amber is $6.99+tax.
The Trader Vic's Dark Rum is $10.99+tax.




Ok, I shouldn't let the price interfere with my perception of how well they taste, but I'll soon find out later tonight as to how they taste.

Only 1 case of each (less 1 bottle of each now), available.

Hi-Time Cellars / Hi-Times Liquor
250 Ogle Street
Costa Mesa, CA 92627
949-650-8463


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Freehouse
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From: San Jose, Ca.
Posted: 2003-06-06 8:26 pm   Permalink

I was at Trader Joe's in Campbell yesterday and they had the dark rum for $8.99.

 
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