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What's your latest rum purchase?
rbeyer68
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From: Plano, TX
Posted: 2016-08-02 12:10 pm   Permalink

I took a recent trip to California and made sure to make a few tiki stops on the way. This included a trip to the Tonga Hut and Hi-Time Wines. Since we drove, I was able to bring back a nice haul to Texas.

For the rums, I grabbed a few different Rhum Agricoles that I can't find in Texas. I am very excited to try the Clement Canne Bleue. Skipper showed out of stock on the Hi-Time website so I was pleasantly surprised to see it on the shelf to add to my demerara collection. Coruba is hard to find here so I figured I would grab a 1L bottle.



At Hi-Time, I also bought some Zombie glasses and cherries (red and green for garnish). At Tonga Hut, I chose a rum barrel mug over a t-shirt as I figured it would last longer (and probably get more use).



Rick in Texas


 
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mikehooker
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Posted: 2016-08-02 1:52 pm   Permalink

Nice haul Rick. Are you from the Dallas area? Coruba is pretty easy to find here in Austin and I know I've seen the Canne Bleue on shelves of atleast one store and possibly Neisson as well. I think Spec's are statewide and it would be worth inquiring with them about making special orders for you or becoming friends with the owner of an independent store. Some really go out of their way to cater to people's needs.

 
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rbeyer68
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Posted: 2016-08-03 06:10 am   Permalink

I live in Plano just north of Dallas. I did find Coruba locally in the past but it was not easy. When I saw the 1L bottle for $16 I knew it was a must buy.

Canne Bleue showed available at Specs in the past but when I went to the store they said it was not available in North Texas. I have never seen Neisson up here as well. I do have an independent store a few blocks away that I have talked to in the past and will see what he can do to order some of the new (old) products coming on the market. The adventure of traveling and finding those hidden gems is one of my new favorite things.


 
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Warboys
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Posted: 2016-08-03 10:49 am   Permalink

Hey all, it's been a while!

Was in duty free the other day and picked up some Zacapa 23. I always thought of Zacapa as a rum to drink straight... but honestly I didn't like it that much so I'll start using it in my cocktails.

What category does it fit into? Are there rums in the same category that I can replace with Zacapa? I've read somewhere about someone sticking it in a Mai Tai (although what can you NOT stick in a Mai Tai!).


 
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rbeyer68
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Posted: 2016-08-03 11:10 am   Permalink

In his new book Smugglers Cove, Martin Cate has Zacapa 23 under the Column Still Aged (4) category. He seems to use it mainly in cocktails that he created.

Rick in Texas


 
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mmaurice
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Posted: 2016-08-03 1:27 pm   Permalink

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On 2016-08-03 10:49, Warboys wrote:
Hey all, it's been a while!

Was in duty free the other day and picked up some Zacapa 23. I always thought of Zacapa as a rum to drink straight... but honestly I didn't like it that much so I'll start using it in my cocktails.

What category does it fit into? Are there rums in the same category that I can replace with Zacapa? I've read somewhere about someone sticking it in a Mai Tai (although what can you NOT stick in a Mai Tai!).



I used it the other day in a high end Trader Vic Style Navy Grog

2oz Homemade TV Grog Syrup (http://5minutesofrum.com/blog/2014/4/10/spice-syrup)
1oz Lime
0.5oz Grapefruit
1oz Zacapa 23
1oz Appleton 12yr
1oz El Dorado 12yr

Damn tasty!!!


 
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nui 'umi 'umi
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Posted: 2016-08-07 9:56 pm   Permalink

I was browsing the rum shelves at my local Von’s and the store was clearing out their stock of Kozi Bay gold and silver . At $2.97 I thought I would give it a try. As expected it’s on the harsh side with a strong alcohol nose. But, it worked well in a Miehana. I use the recipe that Hang10 posted some time ago. It use to sell for a about 15 bucks - I thought it was a store brand rum.




 
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nui 'umi 'umi
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Posted: 2016-11-21 2:35 pm   Permalink

I don’t use Kraken much cept in a false “Painkiller”. I was browsing the holiday liquor promos and spotted this one
15 bucks at Albertsons (La Habra, Ca.)15 bucks is the regular price for just the rum so I grabbed a couple. I saw em the next day for $21 at the new BevMo in Whittier. Btw, some of the mugs have much crisper detail than others. I don’t know if these are new this year-I did see one on an Etsy site yesterday.








 
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mikehooker
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Posted: 2016-11-23 3:02 pm   Permalink

Plantation OFTD was suppose to hit the Austin market yesterday but didn't show up. I picked this up as a consolation.




 
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nui 'umi 'umi
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Posted: 2016-11-23 6:49 pm   Permalink

Found this at the back of my bar. I think a barkeep gave it to me a long time ago. Has a nice nose-gonna go with me down to Shelter Island (San Diego) this weekend.
Cheers



 
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nui 'umi 'umi
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Posted: 2016-11-23 6:49 pm   Permalink




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AceExplorer
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Posted: 2016-12-22 07:42 am   Permalink

Pictured below is my rum haul from my recent trip to Cuba. I want this post to be helpful to others who will be making the trip to Cuba in the not-too-distant future. GO if you can, and do it soon. The future of US travel to Cuba is still a bit uncertain, and you can see the country ahead of whatever deals Americans will be making to build and invest there.

I went as a solo traveler by small 700-passenger cruise ship Adonia (Fathom.org) for two reasons - I was able to get a Cuban visa very quickly and at the last minute, and I knew I could also haul more rum and cigars back by ship than if I had flown in. Plus the cruise fare included cultural and historical seminars, person-to-person tours, lodging, meals, rum tastings, a Spanish language phrase mini-seminar, camaraderie with other rum/cigar/travel fans, etc. And I'm a big fan of the more intimate small-ship cruising experience. I also bought my ticket from a discount site, so I didn't pay an outrageous price.

Note my choice of bringing back almost entirely Santiago rums. I already have a decent stock of Havana Club at home, so on this trip I chose to engage Cubans who are rum-knowledgeable including the head bartender at the Habana Libre hotel (former Habana Hilton before the revolution.) They *all* told me that Havana Club was popular with tourists but is over-rated and that they themselves definitely prefer to drink Santiago. The Santiago rum is made in the former Bacardi distillery in Santiago de Cuba. In the near future, I will be comparing Havana Club rum with Santiago rum and sharing tasting notes in another thread here on TC.

Rum is cheap in Cuba --- silver starts at $3.50/bottle, aged starts around $8 a bottle. Older bottlings are available, but in my opinion, aren't worth paying the premium prices. There are other good non-Cuban rums available in the US for much less, so I focused on the standard/common offerings with one exception - the Santiago 11 Year which was highly-recommended by two rum-knowledgeable folks I met.

At this time, all restrictions have been lifted on how much rum and how many cigars you can bring back. I very honestly declared $400 of rum and cigars with US Customs, and all they said was, "Oh, that's nice! You're going to enjoy those!" No duties or other fees were charged, and it was as if I was invisible.

I'll re-post this trip report info in another Cuba or Cuban rum thread here on TC soon, and with more details.

The rums I brought back:
(3) Santiago White,
(4) Santiago Anejo,
(1) Havana Club 7 year, (gift for a cow-orker)
(1) Santiago 11 year.
Total of 9 bottles. I could have brought back more, but didn't think to take bigger luggage on the trip.


The Santiago White, front label.


The Santiago Anejo, front label.


The Havana Club 7 box, front label.


The Santiago 11, front label.


Gawd I had a great time. Go if you can as soon as you can. You won't regret it.

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mikehooker
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Posted: 2016-12-22 09:50 am   Permalink

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Total of 9 bottles. I could have brought back more, but didn't think to take bigger luggage on the trip.




This lack of foresight is unacceptable!

Looking forward to photos and stories of your trip. I've long been posing the question of what are the OTHER Cuban rums worth having. I'm honestly not that blown away by the HC 3 and 7 year rums I picked up in Canada. I use them seldomly. Not because I'm worried about running out but because I have better rums from other regions that work better in the cocktails I make. Certainly there are lesser known Cuban brands making a high quality product. Can't wait to see your comparisons.

What other brands did you see besides Santiago?


 
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rbeyer68
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Posted: 2016-12-22 11:13 am   Permalink

Now THAT makes for a Happy Holiday! I also am looking forward to more stories about your trip.

Rick


 
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AceExplorer
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Posted: 2016-12-22 11:37 am   Permalink

Mike H. - I saw other brands of rum, but can't remember at the moment. I took some pics of the shelves at the stores so that I could share what shelves of Cuban rum look like. It was glorious to behold! And I fully agree that there are awesome rums available in the US, that's why my highest purchase was $40 for the Santiago 11 year.

Rick - I'll post short stories and advice for those thinking of going.

MadDogMike - I made it to Polinesio as you recommended, and spent I a few hours with Osvaldo at his bar. Wow, what a great guy! I took a number of photos at this former Trader Vic's, including the Chinese Ovens which are still there and enjoying (I think) very limited use.

To everyone - the Daiquiries at the Floridita are superb. So good that I can't get those drinks out of my mind. A good daiquiri is a treat, and I think they far exceed what I have made at my bar. Their lime is not tart at all, but very subtle. I have a number of Daiquiri tests planned to see what I can do at home. But they are proven masters of the Daiquiri, and I took a number of photos to share.

Go visit Cuba, especially Havana. I think you'll have a very nice time.


 
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