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Substitute for amber Virgin Islands rum?
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Joined: May 04, 2003
Posts: 226
From: Stockholm, Sweden
Posted: 2003-05-10 05:39 am   Permalink

I would like to have a go at the Coconut Kallaloo (which calls for amber Virgin Islands rum) featured in Intoxica. Problem is that there isn't any Virgin Islands rum available in Sweden.

After reading the following in Intoxica...

"Virgin Islands rums are similar to their Puerto Rican counterparts, but mellower and generally more palatable (whenever he can, the Beachbum likes to substitute Virgin Islands rum in recipes that call for Puerto Rican)"


"Cuban rum [...] Havana Club, the brand officially exported by the government, is a superb light rum that puts its Puerto Rican counterpart to shame. [...] substitute it for any recipe in this book that calls for light Puerto Rican rum. And the amber, seven-year-old Havana Club Anejo is so smooth, you can drink it straight"

...I started to think about potential substitutes. If Berry prefers the Virgin Islands rum and the Cuban rum compared to the Puerto Rican, I thought it would be OK to use amber Havana Club instead of amber Virgin Islands. Am I right? Are those two similar? Any comments appreciated.



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Joined: Mar 25, 2002
Posts: 1025
From: Redondo Beach
Posted: 2003-05-10 11:38 am   Permalink

Remember that we can't gt the cuban rum here in the US, at least not legally. Nor can we get their fine cigars, all because of an arcane embargo that will probably continue until Castro croaks. If you in Sweden can get cuban rum, then by all means use that as a substitute for the Virgin Islands rum, which here is a substitute for the cuban.

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Joined: May 04, 2003
Posts: 226
From: Stockholm, Sweden
Posted: 2003-05-11 03:44 am   Permalink

Thanks for the comment. I'll then try the amber Havana Club for the Coconut Kallaloo.

Here's what Havana Club themselves have to say on their amber rum:

How it's made
Anejo Reserva is a Cuban rum made with a skilful and sensitive blend of various Cuban rums of different ages, with specific proportions of young rums and other more mature rums, giving a well-balanced combination of a powerful taste with the most delicate aromas. Its greatness lies in the art and skill of the blending, which Don Navarro skilfully developed initially as a preferred blend for his own consumption, and later extended as a further product in the Havana Club range.

Anejo Reserva has a lovely amber colour.

This Cuban rum first manifests a floral bouquet and aromas of vanilla and light tobacco, then the more robust flavours appear, resulting from long ageing in barrels.

Anejo Reserva opens up into strongly flavourful spirits that reveal complex, lasting aromas of cacao, coffee, tobacco and spices.

Anejo Reserva is consumed as a liqueur. The complexity of its aromas are fully brought out by adding an ice cube or by allowing it to open up for a few minutes in the glass. It is a marvellous companion to its Cuban brother, the Havana cigar.


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