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Tiki Central Forums Tiki Drinks and Food Saying goodbye to an old friend...
Saying goodbye to an old friend...
bigbrotiki
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Joined: Mar 25, 2002
Posts: 11194
From: Tiki Island, above the Silverlake
Posted: 2008-01-04 12:23 am   Permalink

It was a tough year, friends broke up, friends moved away, Tiki Bars closed....and now this:



Tonight I am enjoying the last drops of my last Dagger Rum. Some people might recall my excited post about discovering this extinct rum at the Mai Kai:
http://www.tikiroom.com/tikicentral/bb/viewtopic.php?topic=13196&forum=10

It seemed that Kern had a source that was regularly supplying the Mai Kai mixologists with this fine liquid, and I was looking forward to replenishing my stash on the occasion of the Hukilau...only to find out it was no longer available when I got there.

Well, at least I had the joy of time travelling with each sip of this dark delight. I was in good company. Vinyl archaeologists here might be familiar with this classic LP cover:



Some say I am living in the past, but hey, who wouldn't with drinking pals like this!

Among the rums I sip, some work better with an ice cube in it. Not this guy, it needed to roll around my tongue unchilled, its flavor enveloping every taste bud to the max. How did such a decent drop ever end up in a plastic "lightweight pack with built-in pourer"?



Like Tiki bars until recently, this type of dark, rich rum had fallen out of favor and probably was viewed by the bottling company as old stock that only out-dated places like the Mai Kai would still use, out of habit.



For a moment there, I thought I could luxuriate in a case-full of that stuff, just like old Bob Mitchum surely did for featuring that bottle so visibly with his visage. By coincidence, I found a still from the same photo session... I love those Scopitone-style minimalist sets.



But rum is there to get drunk, and life is to be lived, and new discoveries await! Happy 2008!

(Or was that life is there to get drunk, and rum is to be lived...?)





[ This Message was edited by: bigbrotiki 2008-01-04 00:27 ]


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Loki
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Joined: Nov 04, 2005
Posts: 541
From: Boca Raton, FL
Posted: 2008-01-04 05:20 am   Permalink

Prost!

 
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The Gnomon
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Joined: May 01, 2007
Posts: 1293
From: MD-DC-VA
Posted: 2008-01-04 07:34 am   Permalink

It's a Wray & Nephew product, isn't it? Certainly it has to be worth contacting Joy Spence to let her know that rum connoisseurs consider it to be a tragic loss. I never tried it myself, but it sounds great. Maybe we can build a case (so to speak) to have it revived.

 
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Bora Boris
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Joined: Mar 25, 2005
Posts: 2588
From: Boogie Wonderland
Posted: 2008-01-04 08:35 am   Permalink

Are you going to have it stuffed or will you bury it in the backyard?

 
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bigbrotiki
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Joined: Mar 25, 2002
Posts: 11194
From: Tiki Island, above the Silverlake
Posted: 2008-01-04 10:24 am   Permalink

Not quite... I skinned it, and will hang it on the wall once it is pressed and dried:







 
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virani
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Joined: Sep 17, 2003
Posts: 1438
From: Volcanic area of France
Posted: 2008-01-04 2:41 pm   Permalink

Great thread. Made me thirsty.

I love the Mitchum calypso album.
Here is what a french singer made this year as a tribute to it (not the right bottle though) :



 
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bigbrotiki
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Joined: Mar 25, 2002
Posts: 11194
From: Tiki Island, above the Silverlake
Posted: 2008-01-04 2:53 pm   Permalink

Ha! Iz he drinking ze red whine? Great job on the set. Hey, the woman is not the same, either!

 
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tikibars
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Joined: Apr 11, 2002
Posts: 2024
From: Aku Hall, Chicago
Posted: 2008-01-05 6:16 pm   Permalink

You know, I actually kinda like the Mitchum LP.

How's the Lavil record, Nicolas?



 
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Wildsville man
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Joined: Dec 13, 2007
Posts: 1365
From: PALM SPRINGSVILLE
Posted: 2008-01-06 11:12 am   Permalink

I am very sorry for your loss!!!! I wish you all the best and wishes for a fast recovery.
This LP always helps me get through painful situations......Crying doesn't make you less of a man.DIG?





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virani
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Joined: Sep 17, 2003
Posts: 1438
From: Volcanic area of France
Posted: 2008-01-06 11:44 am   Permalink

I haven't heard the Lavil one yet, but I doubt it's very good. I don't know.
It's calypso songs, but in french...
This singer usually makes creole songs...


 
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VampiressRN
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Joined: Nov 23, 2006
Posts: 5772
From: Sun City Lincoln Hills (NorCal)
Posted: 2008-01-06 2:37 pm   Permalink

This is when a replicator would come in handy. Great post...just ordered the CD.
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