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where can I buy St James Royal Amber Rum
Sunny&Rummy
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Posted: 2014-07-21 04:57 am   Permalink

Boo! I was really hoping this was just a nasty rumor and a temporary supply issue that wiuld have been cleared up by now. I also developed quite a fondness for the Royal Ambre and it's very reasonable price point.

 
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AceExplorer
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From: Deep in the Jacksonville Florida jungle.
Posted: 2014-07-21 08:50 am   Permalink

Don't know if I should be ecstatic, or sheepishly hang my head in shame, or just shut up and keep this to myself... Actually, I must share this because it may help others on their quest. I just found the last bottle of Rhum St. James Royal Ambre Extra Old at one liquor shop in the midwest. So it's still out there, you just gotta call stores in out-of-the-way places. And do some Google searches. There is hope, and those who look may have a pretty good chance of finding more.

I really like this stuff for Mai Tais. A friend of mine really enjoys sipping this stuff neat, although I'll have to sit down and try it that way. I have really only mixed with it and haven't really sat down to sip it neat. It has a very pleasant aroma.

During my online quest this morning I visited the St. James web site. It's all in French, but if you know a bit about the language, you can find a number of cocktail recipes on their site.

I'm very happy but at the same time very sad for others who also enjoy this Martinique spirit. I'm going to keep looking for other sources. There is no indication that it's out of production, it's just not available in the US. There must be a way to find it out of the country. My usual sources have come up empty so far.

It's the Great St. James Hunt! Get those dialing fingers working - good luck to all!


 
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djmont
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Posted: 2014-07-21 09:11 am   Permalink

It definitely looks like it's no longer being imported into the U.S. So if you have even a mild interest in it and happen to spot a bottle on the shelf, I'd snap it up. Otherwise, you're probably out of luck.
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Sunny&Rummy
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Posted: 2014-07-21 09:34 am   Permalink

Ace, the Extra Old makes a fantastic 'Ti Punch Vieux. 2 oz rhum, the end slice of a lime squeezed and dropped in and 0.5-1 tsp. cane syrup, stirred and taken without ice (my preference) or with just an ice cube or two. I will drink that all day.

I also love the stuff sipped neat. Ditto for all the St. James products, including Royal Ambre.
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thePorpoise
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Posted: 2014-07-21 10:35 am   Permalink

I like the ambre bc its an inexpensive, though not overly smooth, martinique rum. i will probably sub Barbancourt...

 
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djmont
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Posted: 2014-07-21 10:36 am   Permalink

Those of you who are fans of the St. James -- do you like it better than Rhum Clement?
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Sunny&Rummy
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Posted: 2014-07-21 10:45 am   Permalink

I usually went with Royal Ambre over Clement because it was usually about $15 less. I think Clement is more refined but not worth the extra money for me, especially when the rough vegetal agricole edge is something you want to come through in a cocktail.
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AceExplorer
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Posted: 2014-07-21 11:04 am   Permalink

Quote:

On 2014-07-21 10:36, djmont wrote:
Those of you who are fans of the St. James -- do you like it better than Rhum Clement?



David, I'm going to do a side-by-side taste test and will post my thoughts here. Please hunt me down and kill me if I come back with "notes of strawberry, hints of bacon, pears, etc." or some such bs! hahahaha...


 
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lunavideogames
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Posted: 2014-07-21 11:57 am   Permalink

I would compare the Hors D'Age closer to Clement. I personally like the St James better. Haven't opened my Ambre yet, but I am excited to.

You can also post your thoughts on Martinique rums on this thread...

http://www.tikiroom.com/tikicentral/bb/viewtopic.php?topic=46133&forum=10&50

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AdOrAdam
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Posted: 2014-07-21 1:48 pm   Permalink

I was just think of that 'best martinque rum' thread & that I posted my thoughts on Saint James Rhum Vieux Vs Clement VSOP. I really rate them both.

I had a bottle of SJ Amber previously - it's like a rougher version of the Rhum Vieux. If you can I would move upscale & get some SJ Rhum Vieux - I do mix it but also sip it now-a-days.


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djmont
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Posted: 2014-07-21 5:13 pm   Permalink

I just checked the bunker, and I've got 1 bottle of Ambre and 1 of Hors d'Age. I guess I better horde it now...

 
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lunavideogames
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Posted: 2014-07-21 5:40 pm   Permalink

How much does the Ambre go for regularly? I have never seen it, except in the Virgin Islands. I grabbed the Ambre for $16.99 and the Blanc for 12.99.

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thePorpoise
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Posted: 2014-07-21 5:53 pm   Permalink

i've always seen it around 19 - 21 bucks.

 
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Sunny&Rummy
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Posted: 2014-07-21 7:03 pm   Permalink

Yep, $20 when the ABC chain finally started carrying it, and more like $23 before that.

 
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swizzle
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Posted: 2014-07-21 7:05 pm   Permalink

Has anyone ever tried 10 CANE as a substitution for an agricole in a mai tai?

 
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