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Kohala Bay Rum
Scaramouch
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Posted: 2017-04-12 08:42 am   Permalink

I don't know what's wrong with my taste buds. I love nearly all of Hamilton's rums - the navy is superb, the 86 and 151 are excellent, the pimento dram is a really interesting switch up from St Elizabeths, and the St Lucia's are some of my favorite sippers.

But that Jamaican Pot Still Black? The one and only bottle of rum that offended me so much I poured it down the drain. I really like other Jamaican funky rums, but to me, this one was just so intense, it reminded me of something that died and had been marinated in durian fruit juice.

Like I say, I know it's not the rum and it must be my taste buds, as so many people here rave about it, but I just couldn't get into it.

FWIW Cilantro also tastes to me like soap. So your results may vary


 
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CincyTikiCraig
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Posted: 2017-04-14 8:53 pm   Permalink

Can't wait to see your review of the blends HH!

 
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Hurricane Hayward
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Posted: 2017-04-16 12:00 am   Permalink

Scaramouch: Have you tasted the rum lately? I had a sip of one of the initial bottles a few years ago and I remember having a similar reaction. Perhaps the early batches were not quite right. I'm enjoying this new one. It's quite balanced and approachable.

 
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Scaramouch
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Posted: 2017-04-16 7:18 pm   Permalink

Thabks for the heads up. Maybe I'll take another chance at it some time.

 
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Hurricane Hayward
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Posted: 2017-04-16 10:40 pm   Permalink

A rare find: I recently discovered some dusty bottles of Sea Wynde in a back corner of a sketchy South Florida liquor store. A 92-proof blend from Jamaica and Guyana, this is a bad-ass, funky rum. It's been off the market for years, but if you ever see a bottle, by all means grab it. It can definitely stand in for Dagger ...






 
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Hurricane Hayward
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Posted: 2017-05-07 11:53 pm   Permalink

Let the madness begin ...



We are attempting to compare 14 different Kohala Bay substitutes to the real deal in a blind tasting, from single rums to four-rum blends. This includes most of those suggested here. And by "we," I mean me. So bear with me, but I hope to have some definitive results soon.

Okole maluna!

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mikehooker
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Posted: 2017-05-08 04:48 am   Permalink

I hope you make it out alive!!!

 
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kkocka
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Posted: 2017-05-08 10:40 am   Permalink

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So bear with us, but we hope to have some definitive results soon.



Fixed the illusion. Good luck - honestly I'll probably just use Coruba instead. I've only ever owned one handle of Kohala - when it runs out I probably won't be able to tell the difference by the next time I make another tribute recipe.
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CincyTikiCraig
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Posted: 2017-05-08 11:09 am   Permalink

Quote:

On 2017-05-07 23:53, Hurricane Hayward wrote:
Let the madness begin ...



We are attempting to compare 14 different Kohala Bay substitutes to the real deal in a blind tasting, from single rums to four-rum blends. This includes most of those suggested here. And by "we," I mean me. So bear with me, but I hope to have some definitive results soon.

Okole maluna!

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I can hardly wait to read the results. Happy hunting!
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Hurricane Hayward
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Posted: 2017-05-08 10:30 pm   Permalink

UPDATE: I'm roughly halfway through the blind tastings and have eliminated half of the competition ...



Not surprisingly, the four stand-alone rums are at the bottom, along with three blends that do not include a 151 rum. I've decided to group them into four tiers, with the bottom two having been determined.

Now comes the hard part: Sorting out the top two tiers and picking an overall favorite.

To be continued ...


 
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mikehooker
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Posted: 2017-05-09 07:07 am   Permalink

Our livers salute you.

 
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PalmtreePat
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Posted: 2017-05-09 07:22 am   Permalink

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On 2017-05-09 07:07, mikehooker wrote:
Our livers salute you.



Hear, hear!


 
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Loki-Tiki
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Posted: 2017-05-09 11:50 am   Permalink

Quote:

On 2017-05-09 07:22, PalmtreePat wrote:
Quote:

On 2017-05-09 07:07, mikehooker wrote:
Our livers salute you.



Hear, hear!


As always, you're doing the Lord's work HH. Thank you!


 
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Scaramouch
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Posted: 2017-05-09 12:14 pm   Permalink

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Now comes the hard part: Sorting out the top two tiers and picking an overall favorite.

To be continued ...



Can't wait to hear the results! Then I can be a little less precious about that last remaining jug of KB


 
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Hurricane Hayward
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Posted: 2017-05-09 8:59 pm   Permalink

And then there were three ...



After extensive blind tastings, I've narrowed the field down to the three closest Kohala Bay substitutes. I won't reveal them yet, but you can see the rums that are featured. I have a clear favorite, but I'd like to try all three in a Rum Barrel as the ultimate test. Final results are so close I can taste it.

One unexpected bonus: I poured all the other blends that didn't make the top 3 into one mega blend (pictured at right) that's one hell of a Navy rum.
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