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Kohala Bay Rum
Hurricane Hayward
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From: 16 miles from The Mai-Kai
Posted: 22 days ago; 8:26 pm   Permalink

Some interesting new updates to the "Rums of The Mai-Kai" story on The Atomic Grog ...

http://www.slammie.com/atomicgrog/blog/2012/05/08/rums-of-the-mai-kai-legendary-lemon-hart-returns-to-the-promised-land/#dagger

I look at the history of Dagger, along with the lesser known Appleton Punch, in the historic cocktails that started with Don the Beachcomber.



Then I reveal that The Mai-Kai actually now uses Appleton Estate Signature Blend, not Reserve Blend, in all the cocktails that previously featured Kohala Bay. I did some head-to-head tests, and while neither approach Kohala Bay's funky flavor, it doesn't matter much which one you use.

I also look at a few other obscure Jamaican rums that could serve as a Kohala Bay replacement. Neither is available in the U.S., but one that's currently available in Jamaica could be Kohala Bay’s long-lost brother ...



Okole maluna!

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PalmtreePat
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Posted: 20 days ago; 6:40 pm   Permalink



So glad I stocked up on this.


 
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kkocka
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Posted: 19 days ago; 09:59 am   Permalink

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On 2018-06-05 18:40, PalmtreePat wrote:
So glad I stocked up on this.



Explain, sir. Also Col. Tiki said that Doctor Bird could provide some fun in recipes like Black Magic where that Kohala is needed. Anybody have thoughts on that as a substitute?
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PalmtreePat
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Posted: 19 days ago; 2:48 pm   Permalink

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On 2018-06-06 09:59, kkocka wrote:
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On 2018-06-05 18:40, PalmtreePat wrote:
So glad I stocked up on this.



Explain, sir. Also Col. Tiki said that Doctor Bird could provide some fun in recipes like Black Magic where that Kohala is needed. Anybody have thoughts on that as a substitute?




I hunted the stuff down while I was in Jamaica and brought back the maximum permitted amount of 5 bottles. Been rationing it out for special occasions and really crappy days ever since. As for the Doctor Bird, it has the proper funk and heat I'd say, but it doesn't quite have that same woody, smokey, demerara-like finish that Black Label and (I'm assuming) Kohala Bay have. If you paired it with a little bit of your favorite demerara I think you'd be very much in the same ballpark but I haven't actually done any experiments yet.


 
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Hurricane Hayward
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Posted: Yesterday; 5:18 pm   Permalink

After receiving a bottle recently, my take on Doctor Bird is that it's not really a 1:1 replacement for Kohala Bay. It's a great, funky Jamaican rum but more akin to Hamilton Pot Still and Smith & Cross on the extreme end of the Jamaican rum spectrum. Remember, Kohala Bay was a general mixing rum, not too far removed from Coruba.

However, I would not hesitate to try different blends with Doctor Bird, similar to those that call for Smith & Cross in small doses.

I'm now excited about the new offering from Plantation:


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

From what I've heard, it could be exactly what we're looking for.
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davidphantomatic
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Posted: Yesterday; 5:26 pm   Permalink

The way for Xaymaca is killing me. I can’t wait to try it!

 
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