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Kohala Bay Rum
jokeiii
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Posted: 2017-05-18 06:13 am   Permalink

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On 2017-05-16 07:53, LeftarmofBuddha wrote:
Wow! I didnt even realize you were considering my blend in the shootout! That's awesome! My blend came about from trying to recreate the flavor of your #1 pick (smith and cross and el dorado 12) using slightly cheaper bottles that are readily available to me. Also, I did a bit of research into which rum you were saying would be a possible replacement for KB the other day and believe I know which one you tried. I will let you reveal that when you see fit. Thanks for considering my blend at all!



Your 4:2:1 is better than my 5:1:1 in that I can get Hamilton a LOT more easily than Coruba!
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LeftarmofBuddha
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Posted: 2017-05-18 9:09 pm   Permalink

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Your 4:2:1 is better than my 5:1:1 in that I can get Hamilton a LOT more easily than Coruba!



Haha. I love the funkiness of Hamilton black and feel like it subs in well enough for the sophisticated but bold funk of Smith and Cross. As much as I love Coruba and use it all the time, it has a weird homogenized flavor thing going on, if that makes sense. I love the added funk it brings and the heavier dark molasses flavor. I agree with Hurricane's assessment that his #1 blend has more subtlety and depth of flavor compared to my blend. My blend is just currently easy to get in my town and the bottles are all bargains in terms of quality to price ratio. El Dorado 12 in my neck of the woods runs $37-45! Smith and Cross is a more reasonable $27, typically but I have to either drive 30 mins or special order both. No one currently stocks them in my town.


 
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jokeiii
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Posted: 2017-05-19 2:26 pm   Permalink

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On 2017-05-18 21:09, LeftarmofBuddha wrote:Haha. I love the funkiness of Hamilton black and feel like it subs in well enough for the sophisticated but bold funk of Smith and Cross. As much as I love Coruba and use it all the time, it has a weird homogenized flavor thing going on, if that makes sense. I love the added funk it brings and the heavier dark molasses flavor. I agree with Hurricane's assessment that his #1 blend has more subtlety and depth of flavor compared to my blend. My blend is just currently easy to get in my town and the bottles are all bargains in terms of quality to price ratio. El Dorado 12 in my neck of the woods runs $37-45! Smith and Cross is a more reasonable $27, typically but I have to either drive 30 mins or special order both. No one currently stocks them in my town.



I prefer the Coruba/HB/OFTD combination, frankly (at least for the recipes in my rotation...YMMV) and when you factor in the costs of S&C and ED12, even more so. Also, for MY purposes -- which aren't anyone else's -- having Coruba/HB/OFTD in my inventory gives me more flexibility.
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Hurricane Hayward
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Posted: 2017-10-18 11:49 pm   Permalink

Has anyone experimented with Doctor Bird as a Kohala Bay replacement, either on its own or in a blend? I'm hearing great things, but unfortunately it hasn't made it to Florida yet.

Two James Doctor Bird Jamaica Rum Moscatel Cask Finish
100 proof

Brought in by the Two James Distillery in Detroit, this Worthy Park distillate is aged for 6+ years in Jamaica before being shipped to Michigan and filled into fresh Moscatel Sherry Casks. Full of estery goodness, the Moscatel cask round out those intense aromas. Bright fresh tropical fruit, hints of citrus, pineapple, passion fruit and rich caramel to balance. At 100 proof it stands up nicely in a drink, but has plenty of depth and character to sip straight or on the rocks.

Sounds delicious.


 
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Hurricane Hayward
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Posted: 2018-05-20 8:17 pm   Permalink

A new contender has emerged ...

Introducing Plantation Xaymaca special dry, a 100% pot still Jamaican rum from the mythical Clarendon and Long Pond distilleries. Complex and intense, Xaymaca special dry rum honors itís ancestry with pronounced Hogo aspects. I'm told it clocks in at 86 proof.



I'm hoping to get a taste of this along with Doctor Bird in the coming weeks.


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mikehooker
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Posted: 2018-05-21 10:57 am   Permalink

Exciting. I just hope it's not one of their limited expressions in the $40+ range and is readily available for a nice price. You just couldn't beat the value of Kohala Bay at like $30 a jug.

Doctor Bird still hasn't made its way to Texas so I've only used my sole bottle sparingly. It's a nice rum but I don't think it quite cuts it as a KB sub.


 
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PalmtreePat
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Posted: 2018-05-21 3:56 pm   Permalink

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On 2018-05-21 10:57, mikehooker wrote:
Exciting. I just hope it's not one of their limited expressions in the $40+ range and is readily available for a nice price. You just couldn't beat the value of Kohala Bay at like $30 a jug.

Doctor Bird still hasn't made its way to Texas so I've only used my sole bottle sparingly. It's a nice rum but I don't think it quite cuts it as a KB sub.



http://cocktailwonk.com/2018/05/xaymaca-deeply-deconstructed.html

Looks like it will be a regular part of their regularly available "Signature Blends" lineup, which means the price may clock in anywhere between $17 and $40 going on the current members of that family. Depending on where it falls it could become one of my regular pours or a special occasion thing. Still tentatively excited, there's no such thing as too many Jamaican rums as far as I'm concerned.


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davidphantomatic
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Posted: 2018-05-22 10:02 am   Permalink

Iím not sure about other states, but my favorite shop said they talked to their distributor and was told itíll be hitting TX in early August.
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Hurricane Hayward
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Posted: 2018-05-23 6:54 pm   Permalink

Mahalo to Matt for mentioning Kohala Bay in his story on "Tiki's lost rums" ...
https://punchdrink.com/articles/resurrecting-tiki-lost-rum-smith-and-cross-hamilton-151-oftd/

Meanwhile, almost on cue, I received this report from a fellow Jamaican rum enthusiast somewhere in South Florida (he won't disclose the exact location) ...



Apparently the hole-in-the-wall liquor store is run by a Jamaican family, and the shelves are loaded with Jamaican rums ...



He walked away with 12 bottles ...



He's well aware of their value, so I'm not sure I'll get my hands on any, but I wouldn't be surprised if one turns up at The Hukilau.



We're hopeful there's still more out there ...


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BG_Reynolds
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Posted: 2018-05-24 05:54 am   Permalink

I will hold on to my stash until I'm dead and buried!

 
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jokeiii
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Posted: 2018-05-24 06:32 am   Permalink

I'm trying to decode the location by the labels on the shelves...

 
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RumScrummager
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Posted: 2018-05-24 08:47 am   Permalink

Haul of the century!!! This is totally unprecedented - one or two bottles, yes, but not 12 bottles! Unbelievable.


 
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Hurricane Hayward
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Posted: 2018-05-24 11:38 am   Permalink

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On 2018-05-24 06:32, jokeiii wrote:
I'm trying to decode the location by the labels on the shelves...



Good luck, but unfortunately all the Kohala Bay is gone. :<(
Hopefully the intrepid rum scout will share his bounty at some point.


 
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kkocka
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Posted: 2018-05-24 1:23 pm   Permalink

Man, I got my one handle that I cherish and store at the back of my bar cabinet. That's ridiculous!
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jokeiii
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Posted: 2018-05-24 5:24 pm   Permalink

This just goes to prove that it pays to walk into all the hole-in-the-wall liquor stores...
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