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Kohala Bay Rum
mmaurice
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Posted: 2016-11-27 5:12 pm   Permalink

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On 2016-11-17 06:50, Quince_at_Dannys wrote:
I posted this on the Mai Kai thread, but it probably bears repeating here...

I've been playing with blends for awhile. I had been playing around with a Coruba/Hamilton Pot Still/Appleton Signature mixture, but when I found out the Mai Kai was using Appleton Reserve, I immediately altered course and came up with the following:

5 parts Appleton Reserve Blend
1 part Lemon Hart 151
1 part Hamilton Black Pot Still Rum

The Reserve delivers most of the rich flavor and the Hamilton brings the funk. It's possible Kohala Bay actually contains (contained) some of the same rums as Appleton Reserve with the addition of funkier pot still varieties.
The LH 151 in the mix is basically to get the ABV in the ballpark without disrupting the overall flavor profile.

The net result: a 91 proof Dark Jamaican that is very close in flavor to Kohala Bay and mixes like a champ. There is a missing high note, but it's a subtle difference. The original Kohala Bay would have been proofed down from higher proof barrels of rum instead of incorporating a foreign element like Lemon Hart, so that accounts for the difference.

[ This Message was edited by: Quince_at_Dannys 2016-11-17 06:52 ]



Just because part of Tiki is tinkering.

All I have is the Appleton Signature, so I used that and I did 2oz of Hamilton 151 instead of the 1 oz. A little more kick with a really good flavor.


 
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Scaramouch
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Posted: 2016-12-13 07:35 am   Permalink

Thought I'd give this mix a try along with some variations, as I have a sole bottle of Kohala Bay left here to test against.

While the mix with Appleton VX came out fairly close, for my tastebuds I think I hit on a combination that's even a little closer to the classic Kohala Bay, by switching out the VX and using Coruba instead, namely:

Five parts Coruba
One Part Smith & Cross
One Part LH 151 (Red Label)

Side by side with the KB, I couldn't tell which was which in either a Trader Vics Grog or a Dr Funk, feels very close. Testing will continue, and of course, your results may vary, but wanted to throw that out to everyone.

Anyone have any favorite KB cocktails to taste test the new mix against?


 
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mikehooker
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From: Austin
Posted: 2016-12-13 8:18 pm   Permalink

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On 2016-12-13 07:35, Scaramouch wrote:

Anyone have any favorite KB cocktails to taste test the new mix against?



Atomic Grogs 151 Swizzle (v4) and Cobra's Kiss tribute recipes.


 
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Tikimeister
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Posted: 2016-12-29 9:39 pm   Permalink

Santa came through big time this Christmas!




 
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Loki-Tiki
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Posted: 2016-12-30 4:52 pm   Permalink

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On 2016-12-29 21:39, Tikimeister wrote:
Santa came through big time this Christmas!


Santa really planned ahead, nice score. Cheers!!!


 
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I-Tiki
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Posted: 2017-01-16 3:52 pm   Permalink

Tonight i decided to once more dip into the stash of Kohala Bay.

My second Black Magic of the evening sits before me.

God I love this drink.


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therumtrader
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Posted: 17 days ago; 09:15 am   Permalink

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On 2016-12-29 21:39, Tikimeister wrote:
Santa came through big time this Christmas!






Where on earth did you find a case?


 
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Tikimeister
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Posted: 11 days ago; 8:26 pm   Permalink

On 2017-02-03 09:15, therumtrader wrote:
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Where on earth did you find a case?



I special ordered a case from ABC Liquor's in Florida back in April of 2016 just before supplies ran out.
Lucky timing on my part because at the time no one knew that Kohola Bay would be no longer. I figured if a 1.75L was good, a case would be better 'It was transported to Cali via motorhome so delivery took several months, but arrived just in time for Christmas.


 
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jokeiii
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Posted: 2 days ago; 06:48 am   Permalink

My current KB stand-in is 5:1:1 Coruba:Hamilton Jamaican Pot Still:Plantation OFTD. So far, indistinguishable in Barrel o' Rum. Testing will continue because, y'know, science.
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CincyTikiCraig
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Posted: Yesterday; 1:25 pm   Permalink

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On 2017-02-18 06:48, jokeiii wrote:
My current KB stand-in is 5:1:1 Coruba:Hamilton Jamaican Pot Still:Plantation OFTD. So far, indistinguishable in Barrel o' Rum. Testing will continue because, y'know, science.




I've been using 5:1:1 Appleton Reserve:Hamilton Jamaican Pot Still:Plantation OFTD with about 1/2 part Coruba mixed in. Makes great Black Magics and Yeoman's Grogs.
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jokeiii
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Posted: Yesterday; 3:00 pm   Permalink

On 2017-02-19 13:25, CincyTikiCraig wrote:
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I've been using 5:1:1 Appleton Reserve:Hamilton Jamaican Pot Still:Plantation OFTD with about 1/2 part Coruba mixed in. Makes great Black Magics and Yeoman's Grogs.



Hmm. I might tinker with an Appleton/Coruba blend. Something like 3:2:1:1 Coruba:Appleton Reserve:Hamilton Jamaican Pot Still:Plantation OFTD.

Science!
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kkocka
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Posted: Yesterday; 5:38 pm   Permalink

Damn, there's certainly a lot of tinkering! I think I'm likely to just use Coruba once my handle of Kohala Bay runs out, unless I have some Smith & Cross and can do the original suggested blend.
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