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Tiki Central Forums Tiki Drinks and Food Does anyone have good uses for Trader Vic's dark rum?
Does anyone have good uses for Trader Vic's dark rum?
thePorpoise
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Joined: Jan 23, 2011
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From: Tampa Bay
Posted: 2012-02-22 05:40 am   Permalink

bought a bottle last night for the first time, and found it to be... atrocious.

it tastes like a mix of Bacardi Select and Bailey's Irish Cream. seriously, Trader Vic's, WTF?

used it to make a couple of Hurricanes, they turned out kinda lousy.

so, anybody got a good use for this stuff?


 
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Rum Balls
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From: Portland, OR
Posted: 2012-02-22 07:21 am   Permalink

I had same reaction the first (and only) time I bought it, too. I think I ended up using for baking rum cakes.
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jingleheimerschmidt
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Joined: Apr 20, 2007
Posts: 339
From: santa rosa, calif.
Posted: 2012-02-22 09:20 am   Permalink

Dooooode, really???? There has to be some college kids near you that can mix it with Coke.

 
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bigtikidude
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Joined: Aug 10, 2004
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From: Anaheim,Ca.
Posted: 2012-02-22 10:26 am   Permalink

Sadly, the rums, and mixers for trader vics went way down in quality around 5 years ago.
when they switched the mixer bottles to plastic if I recall correctly.

Jeff(btd)



 
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Chuck Tatum is Tiki
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Joined: May 12, 2011
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From: Southern Cailifornia
Posted: 2012-02-22 11:21 am   Permalink

Sadly, this would not even make a good "Molotov Cocktail"

 
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Tonga Tiki
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Joined: Nov 14, 2006
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From: The Tonga Lounge in Safety Harbor, FL
Posted: 2012-02-23 6:57 pm   Permalink

All the TV rums are terrible. Its a shame really....

 
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thePorpoise
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Joined: Jan 23, 2011
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From: Tampa Bay
Posted: 2012-02-23 7:27 pm   Permalink

Great News-- Total Wine let me return the opened bottle of Trader Vic's and exchange it for a bottle of Gosling's Black Seal!!




 
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CincyTikiCraig
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Joined: Mar 31, 2009
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From: Cincinnati, Ohio USA
Posted: 2012-02-23 8:24 pm   Permalink

In this thread, Martiki (Martin Cate) confirmed that TV's rums are made by Cruzan. they are bought in bulk, minimally aged, and the 'dark' rums are heavily colored with caramel:

http://www.tikiroom.com/tikicentral/bb/viewtopic.php?topic=33767&forum=10

TV's rums are the same kind of dreck that you will find being sold in plastic 1.75ml bottles on the bottom shelf of every liquor store under names like Paramount, Barton, Heaven Hill, Ronrico, etc. Buyer beware. The quality of TV's rums (or the lack thereof) just proves what Beachbum Berry said about the TV Corp in a recent interview:

"You've previously said you felt Trader Vic's legacy has been 'crapped on'. Why and by whom?

I said that about Trader Vic's [the restaurant group] because of the drinks. They are falling down on the job. I understand that they are expensive to make, but Vic was a quality control fanatic and God help you if you turned in anything less than a perfect drink in any of his 20 restaurants across the world. Today I don't see that quality control, they are not using the rums he would specify. I was in Atlanta recently and you don't get aged Martinique rum, or aged Jamaican rum in your Mai Tai - instead they use cheap well rums. I don't see the same attention paid to his recipes, but the hotel prices haven't dropped. I have enormous respect for Vic but being honest it does bother me when I have a Trader Vic drink and it's not what it used to be."



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The Blue Kahuna
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Joined: Jun 01, 2011
Posts: 365
From: Points East & West
Posted: 2012-02-23 8:42 pm   Permalink

I'd also like to add that I'm really tired of sloppy drinks too. I suspect that Vic would have been upset if a drink was sloshed all around making the coaster/napkin wet and the glass and bar sticky. Honestly, if I'm going to spend $11 for a drink, it would be nice if the drink, my fingers and the napkin didn't stick . . . I'm personally willing to wait for perfection.

 
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thePorpoise
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From: Tampa Bay
Posted: 2012-02-23 9:06 pm   Permalink

I've had some lower shelf rums supposedly made by cruzan that were pretty decent.

this TV stuff though, was like Irish cream with black food dye added. yux!


 
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telescopes
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Joined: May 06, 2007
Posts: 567
From: Palm Springs
Posted: 2012-02-27 6:43 pm   Permalink

Cleaning my pipes. Yes, it is great for that.

Seriously, I'm not kidding.
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