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What's your latest rum purchase?
mikehooker
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From: Austin
Posted: 2016-12-22 11:52 am   Permalink

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On 2016-12-22 11:37, AceExplorer wrote:


To everyone - the Daiquiries at the Floridita are superb. So good that I can't get those drinks out of my mind.

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




Don't leave us in suspense... what rum did they use? And were they frozen or shaken and strained?

I hope Chelsea and I can make it out there this spring.


 
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AceExplorer
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From: Deep in the Jacksonville Florida jungle.
Posted: 2016-12-22 12:32 pm   Permalink

Mike, thanks for busting my chops, ha!

Mike, they used Havana Club light, and they blend the drink til it's slushy. Their lime flavor is very subtle and balanced, and the drink amazingly lacks the tartness of my at-home concoctions using Persian limes. They also use a bit of Cuban maraschino liqueur. There are recipes, and a video, online purporting to be original from the Floridita. The video is at
http://www.liquor.com/video/curbside-cocktails-daiquiri/ and other than possibly showing double the actual amount of lime juice in the real Floridita drink, it's a very good guide. I would expect a little obfuscation in such a video from the restaurant itself.

Their technique is to load up ice, squirt in pre-mixed lime/maraschino/simple syrup from a bottle, start the blender and then free-pour silver rum until a vortex forms inside the blender. When you make thousands of these, you learn to free-pour and master the art of looking for visual cues when to stop in the blender.

The end result is simply sublime. I could have sat there and drank myself into a pleasant stupor. It made me want to immediately experiment at home in an effort to re-create their pleasant concoction.

I had my photo taken with the server who brought our drinks. He was classic "old-school Havana"-looking with a big smile. The Cuban band in the corner was a blast too. The place was packed, and they have a Floridita merchandise store in the corner with cigar and cigarette ash trays, hats, key fobs, and black Floridita-embroidered aprons. Christmas season meant the whole restaurant was decorated.

I saw the place a second time, but after it closed, sometime around 1am in the morning as I stumbled, er, walked, the 4 miles back to the ship from the Polinesio. I highly recommend getting lost in Havana - it's safe and fun, lively, invigorating, and you can practice your Spanish with the people you run into. But that's another story entirely. And yes, I intentionally chose NOT to take a cab and walk back after my night at Polinesio. I'm very glad I chose to walk - I saw a ton of neat people and things they do at night - and I could have taken a cab at any time. Cuban life is arguably better in some ways because they don't have TVs, PCs, X-Box, etc.

I wanna go back. I think about this trip every day. This was truly memorable!

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mikehooker
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Posted: 2016-12-22 12:46 pm   Permalink

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On 2016-12-22 12:32, AceExplorer wrote:
...and you can practice your Spanish with the people you run into. But that's another story entirely.




Communicating with the locals is something I was wanting to ask you about, but don't wanna completely derail this thread so hurry up and post some stuff to a Cuba thread so I could nag you there.


 
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mikehooker
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Posted: 2016-12-22 5:54 pm   Permalink

Might as well contribute something worthwhile to the thread. Picked this up today...



I'm so used to the VSOP but wanted to try something else. This one has a pretty rough, non pleasant earthy smell out of the bottle but tastes surprisingly smooth. Thus far have only tried it in a Donga. Curious to see how it plays out in a Mai Tai.

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hiltiki
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Posted: 2016-12-26 12:01 pm   Permalink


Christmas gifts from friends





 
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CosmoReverb
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Posted: 2017-01-11 8:21 pm   Permalink

I recently ran out of Clement VSOP and so needed to replace it (as it was my only rhum agricole.) I wanted to try something new but couldn't decide whether to get something light and strong for mixed drinks, or something aged and more complex for cocktails (or even neat.) Since these were both reasonably priced and I am notoriously indecisive I grabbed both the Damoiseau and the JM to hopefully cover both bases.

I hope I made the right choices. Any opinions?

I also grabbed the Dominican Club Silver because it was on the store's close-out shelf for five bucks, so why not, and the Pyrat because my gal thought the bottle was too cute not to pick up. The Sirop was an impulse buy inspired on another recent thread.



 
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AceExplorer
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Posted: 2017-01-12 07:00 am   Permalink

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On 2017-01-11 20:21, CosmoReverb wrote:
I also grabbed the Dominican Club Silver because it was on the store's close-out shelf for five bucks, so why not, and the Pyrat because my gal thought the bottle was too cute not to pick up. The Sirop was an impulse buy inspired on another recent thread.



I think you did the right things. I also have some lower-cost (but not always lower-end) bargains in my collection. These are great for mixing daiquiris and other things at times when you're not necessarily worried about making top-shelf cocktails. If you're gonna be slinging drinks at a party, then the bargains are especially nice to have handy.

Your gal is right, the Pyrat is a nice bottle, I'm sure you made her happy with that purchase.

My local Wally World liquor store is going on a mark-down binge tonight or tomorrow (when the District Manager shows up) and I've already been told to come back and see what $5 and $6 and $10 bottles they're trying to clear out. So I'm stopping by tonight and tomorrow night to see when the clearances happen. Clearance sales are also a great time to buy gifts for folks.


 
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Tele295
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Posted: 2017-01-12 08:50 am   Permalink

I like Belizean rum, and its caramel-ly flavor. Picked up a bottle of Traveller's One Barrel recently. Not expensive, but enjoyable

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Tele295
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Posted: 2017-01-12 08:56 am   Permalink


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CosmoReverb
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Posted: 2017-01-12 3:43 pm   Permalink

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On 2017-01-12 08:50, Tele295 wrote:
I like Belizean rum, and its caramel-ly flavor. Picked up a bottle of Traveller's One Barrel recently. Not expensive, but enjoyable



Good choice. I would even go so far as to say that One Barrel might be the best "bang for the buck" rum around. I don't mean to oversell it, it's by no means gonna stand up against some of the higher quality choices, but for a low cost, all around workhorse? You won't find much better.

It tends to get overlooked because a)most people don't go looking for rums from Belize and b)the low price makes others assume low quality. I know a lot of connoisseurs don't care for the strong caramel flavor, which many say tastes a bit artificial, but my palate isn't refined enough to mind.


 
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HopeChest
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Posted: 2017-01-12 3:45 pm   Permalink

The in-laws go to Belize every year - for some reason, I have never thought to have them bring me back rum. They're going again in a month and a half so it's time to rectify that.

 
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AceExplorer
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Posted: 2017-01-12 6:29 pm   Permalink

I just came back from New Providence Island (where Nassau is) and I did think to look for rum. I found a distillery, took lots of pictures, drank lots of rum, and brought 4 bottles back. (Always look for rum when you travel!!!) Soon I'll be posting here with pics of my latest rum purchase, and I'll have some tasting notes.

 
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lunavideogames
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Posted: 2017-01-12 7:16 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2017-01-11 20:21, CosmoReverb wrote:
I recently ran out of Clement VSOP and so needed to replace it (as it was my only rhum agricole.) I wanted to try something new but couldn't decide whether to get something light and strong for mixed drinks, or something aged and more complex for cocktails (or even neat.) Since these were both reasonably priced and I am notoriously indecisive I grabbed both the Damoiseau and the JM to hopefully cover both bases.

I hope I made the right choices. Any opinions?

I also grabbed the Dominican Club Silver because it was on the store's close-out shelf for five bucks, so why not, and the Pyrat because my gal thought the bottle was too cute not to pick up. The Sirop was an impulse buy inspired on another recent thread.



The JM is one of my favorite Agricole rums that are currently imported to the US. It is my go to for sure. I like the Sirop as well, you will enjoy it! I have not tried the Damoiseau so I would have bought it to try as well. The Pyrat is not great rum, made by Patron which is also overrated in my opinion, but since you got it for the bottle I am sure it is a win


 
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Posted: 2017-01-20 9:32 pm   Permalink



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nui 'umi 'umi
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Posted: 2017-02-06 11:00 pm   Permalink

Luv them Bajan rums Anxious to try this as a sipper.




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