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Dark Jamaican: Myers vs Coruba
TikiHardBop
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From: Rockledge, FL
Posted: 2017-08-19 10:06 am   Permalink

Roy's in Ft. Pierce also carries it.

 
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mikehooker
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From: Austin
Posted: 2017-08-19 11:06 am   Permalink

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On 2017-08-19 05:31, jokeiii wrote:
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On 2017-08-18 14:11, mikehooker wrote:
That's a great price. I just bought two liters at $23 a piece last week.

A couple years ago I found a dusty old label 750 ml bottle for $10 at a random liquor store. Was stoked on the price and the better looking design but little did I know at the time, that bottling was before they changed their formula so I whipped through it quickly without thought or hesitation. Wish I had the foresight to compare them.

Has anyone actually done a side by side comparison of old and new Coruba? I believe the old bottle had more pot still in the blend. Wonder if adding a small amount of J Wray can somewhat approximate the old flavor.



My default solution for pot still/funk deficiency is a little bit of Hamilton Pot Still Jamaican. In my experience, however, you have to be careful because a little goes a very long way.





Whether it be Hamilton, Wray and Nephew, Smith & Cross, Rum Fire or any other high pot still rum, I'd be curious how to approximate the actual flavor of the old Coruba, not just add a random dose of funk to the new one. I don't remember if it was this thread or another one, but someone a while back had mentioned making a Mai Tai with 2 oz Coruba. I tried that with the new stuff and it wasn't good at all. I'd love to know exactly what it's missing and keep reusing that old label bottle I have with a blend that actually tastes like what belongs in there.


 
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jokeiii
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From: Miami
Posted: 2017-08-19 12:43 pm   Permalink

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Whether it be Hamilton, Wray and Nephew, Smith & Cross, Rum Fire or any other high pot still rum, I'd be curious how to approximate the actual flavor of the old Coruba, not just add a random dose of funk to the new one. I don't remember if it was this thread or another one, but someone a while back had mentioned making a Mai Tai with 2 oz Coruba. I tried that with the new stuff and it wasn't good at all. I'd love to know exactly what it's missing and keep reusing that old label bottle I have with a blend that actually tastes like what belongs in there.



Mike,

To my palate, 3:1 "new" Coruba to Hamilton does the trick.

HTH!

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RumScrummager
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From: Ft. Lauderdale
Posted: 2017-11-03 9:11 pm   Permalink

jokeiii - what a beautiful score! I'm surprised you didn't clear them out at that price! The last place I found Coruba Dark on the shelf was in some scuzzy liquor store in south Miami - four 750ml bottles to be precise. My heart literally skipped a beat when I saw them; the labels were all weathered from the sun and the bottles themselves were covered in dust. I believe I paid $16.99 a bottle. Regarding that Marathon location you discovered, I might have to plan a dawn raid upon that liquor store - that is, if they have any bottles left! It is not so easy to find Coruba Dark on the shelf. Roy's is the only other liquor store in the entire state that is currently known to stock it - and for a pretty penny too!

Mike - good point about comparing both blends. I have all the formulations at home, however, I can't quite bring myself to crack them all open to do the comparison. If I find duplicate bottles of the 1980s and 1990s bottlings, I'll be sure to do so.


 
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jokeiii
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From: Miami
Posted: 2018-08-04 3:52 pm   Permalink

Good news, RumScrummager...
This is at the Marathon Deli & Liquor Store in Marathon, FL, not an hour ago. AFTER I loaded up, they still had +/-20 bottles on the shelf and six cases that I could see. Also, really good prices on other desirable rums.
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kevincrossman
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Joined: Jun 19, 2017
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From: Fremont, CA
Posted: 2018-08-05 12:58 pm   Permalink

I did a blind taste test and found Coruba and Myers's to be essentially similar with a slight preference to Coruba. I actually preferred Blackwell over both, though in this specific case there appears to be added sugar in Blackwell that may have clouded the test in a Planter's Punch.

Blind Taste Test of Dark Jamaican Rum

Coruba has a great reputation among tikiphiles, and generally speaking Myersís is often looked upon as Bacardiís darker but still not so stellar brother. Iíve personally found Myersís to be pretty good, especially at bars where my other rum options are Malibu and Bacardi. Iíve acquired a bottle of Blackwell Jamaican rum and decided to do a blind taste test of the three dark Jamaican rums. All are lightly aged (2-4 years).

To do the test I selected the Stephen Remsberg Planterís Punch recipe, from Beachbum Berry Remixed and the Total Tiki App. This is basically a Dark Jamaican Rum Daiquiri served in crushed ice.
3/4 oz Lime Juice
1 oz Simple Syrup
3 oz Dark Jamaican Rum (Remsbergís recipe calls for Coruba specifically)
3 dashes Angostura Bitters
Swizzle with crushed ice.

All three of these are great drinks. I really love this Planterís Punch recipe. Very flavorful and refreshing with the chilled glass and crushed ice.
In terms of the blind taste test, there was one that was just a bit more flavorful than the others, with caramel notes that had great mouthfeel and a sweet taste that complimented the lime and ice. Believe it or not, the rum I preferred here wasnít Coruba, the cult favorite. I really preferred the Blackwell Black Gold! This rum is produced by J. Wray and Nephew and brand founder Chris Blackwell has a family history with the Wray and Appleton distilleries. At the end of the day I felt like Coruba was better than Myersís by a hair but that these two were essentially similar in this particular cocktail.

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CincyTikiCraig
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From: Cincinnati, Ohio USA
Posted: 2018-08-18 6:55 pm   Permalink

Sadly Southern Wine and Spirits has discontinued Coruba here in my state. I hunted down the last bottles in the state, which are all gone now. Looks like I'll be using doctored Myers moving forward.
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