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What's your latest rum purchase?
mikehooker
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From: Austin
Posted: 2017-07-11 6:07 pm   Permalink

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On 2017-07-10 06:37, rbeyer68 wrote:
I recently made my first visit to the Austin Shaker. It is one of my new favorite liquor stores even though I live near Dallas. I am really looking forward to trying the JM Shrubb. Clement Creole Shrubb has been my go to in a Mai Tai lately.



Rick




So glad the love for Austin Shaker is spreading. When I first stumbled upon them shortly after they opened, their rum selection was like any typical neighborhood liquor store. When I was heading out, empty handed, assuming I would never return, Kiki said if there's anything I think they should stock, just write it down on their suggestion sheet. I jotted down about 7 items inlcuding BG Reynolds products, Clement and Plantation rums, Coruba, etc. Fast forward a few weeks and I'm in that neck of the woods so I decide to pop in. Kiki not only remembered me but ecstatically proclaimed that they had gotten in a few of the items I requested. We became fast friends and I've not only recommended a ton of people shop with and support them, but I've given them countless recommendations of items to stock. They were the first in town to get Plantation Pineapple and Denizen Merchant Reserve and Rum Fire. I believe they were the first place in the entire country to get the new Lemon Hart 151. And lately they've been stocking some specialty items such as the Four Square rums and the special El Dorado 12 and 15 years in the different cask finishes, as well as some of the limited Plantation regional items and several outstanding agricole options. They even helped me obtain a splurge item recently, a bottle of Appleton Joy, which technically wasn't even available to them. So glad to have a place like this around that caters to the requests of the public and make one stop shopping a possibility. Sorry if this reads like a Yelp review.


 
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rbeyer68
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From: Plano, TX
Posted: 2017-07-12 06:46 am   Permalink

Mike:

It is very apparent that the tiki life is alive and well at Austin Shaker thanks to the input of local Tiki Central members. The selection of Agricole rums is one of the best I have seen. If I lived in Austin I might get in trouble with the higher priced, special edition rums. This time I limited myself to just the Foursquare Zin Cask (I already have the Port Cask). I am still looking for Criterion.


 
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mikehooker
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From: Austin
Posted: 2017-07-12 3:50 pm   Permalink

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On 2017-07-12 06:46, rbeyer68 wrote:
Mike:

It is very apparent that the tiki life is alive and well at Austin Shaker thanks to the input of local Tiki Central members. The selection of Agricole rums is one of the best I have seen. If I lived in Austin I might get in trouble with the higher priced, special edition rums. This time I limited myself to just the Foursquare Zin Cask (I already have the Port Cask). I am still looking for Criterion.



Shaker has Criterion on the way. They've been waiting on it to arrive for a couple weeks.


 
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Early Landed Larry
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Posted: 2017-07-13 4:18 pm   Permalink

Some bottles from a recent trip to France. The one on the right isn't rum, it's Calvados.

Particularly pleased with the Trois Rivieres, which is a bit of a specialist internet-only product in the UK (and 30 a bottle for the regular stuff), but cost me c. 18E for a litre in the supermarket over there! Makes a great, different, Daquiri.




 
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PalmtreePat
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Posted: 2017-07-14 07:49 am   Permalink

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On 2017-07-13 16:18, Early Landed Larry wrote:
Some bottles from a recent trip to France. The one on the right isn't rum, it's Calvados.

Particularly pleased with the Trois Rivieres, which is a bit of a specialist internet-only product in the UK (and 30 a bottle for the regular stuff), but cost me c. 18E for a litre in the supermarket over there! Makes a great, different, Daquiri.






What's the rhum traditionell/industriel situation in France? I've been fascinated by the stuff since I read Martin Cate's spiel on the Mai Tai in the SC book but I can't seem to find any one who has it for sale.


 
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Early Landed Larry
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Posted: 2017-07-14 3:49 pm   Permalink

How do you mean, Palm Tree Pat? The rums above are all agricole except the Bacardi.

I don't know France that well and only went to the north-west region this year - but rhums from the old French colonial islands are certainly strongly represented in most regular shops! A good majority are agricoles from Martinique, Gabon, Haiti etc - brands like Clement and St James represented strongly in the sipping categories. Neisson, Trois Rivieres, HST and a bunch of other brands I've never heard of but that are all from Haiti seem to dominate the more affordable categories and most are blanc or unaged. I expect that is largely down to both the historical colonial / trade connection and the way preferences have developed over time. I don't know if that's the case all over France or just the NW. (If you don't know the story about why only the former French islands make rum directly from sugarcane I recommend looking it up!)

You do see the bigger non-agricole brands like EL12 and Don Papa etc, but that are not as common and there aren't as many on the shelves of the bottles that there are. Almost the reverse of the U.K. (I have never seen a rhum agricole in a regular liquor store, only in very specialist shops in London).

If you're saying you've never tried a rhum agricole I highly recommend it, it's great stuff - my go to is JM Gold for almost any purpose. I'm looking forward to trying this St James as the second rum in a Mai Tai as recommended by Jeff Berry, although I didn't stretch to the XO which was more than double the price. E



 
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hang10tiki
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Posted: 2017-07-14 6:19 pm   Permalink



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Hamo
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Posted: 2017-07-14 9:45 pm   Permalink

My first bottle of Plantation 5 Star with a few other staples



 
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PalmtreePat
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From: Los Angeles, CA
Posted: 2017-07-15 2:38 pm   Permalink

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On 2017-07-14 15:49, Early Landed Larry wrote:
How do you mean, Palm Tree Pat? The rums above are all agricole except the Bacardi.

I don't know France that well and only went to the north-west region this year - but rhums from the old French colonial islands are certainly strongly represented in most regular shops! A good majority are agricoles from Martinique, Gabon, Haiti etc - brands like Clement and St James represented strongly in the sipping categories. Neisson, Trois Rivieres, HST and a bunch of other brands I've never heard of but that are all from Haiti seem to dominate the more affordable categories and most are blanc or unaged. I expect that is largely down to both the historical colonial / trade connection and the way preferences have developed over time. I don't know if that's the case all over France or just the NW. (If you don't know the story about why only the former French islands make rum directly from sugarcane I recommend looking it up!)

You do see the bigger non-agricole brands like EL12 and Don Papa etc, but that are not as common and there aren't as many on the shelves of the bottles that there are. Almost the reverse of the U.K. (I have never seen a rhum agricole in a regular liquor store, only in very specialist shops in London).

If you're saying you've never tried a rhum agricole I highly recommend it, it's great stuff - my go to is JM Gold for almost any purpose. I'm looking forward to trying this St James as the second rum in a Mai Tai as recommended by Jeff Berry, although I didn't stretch to the XO which was more than double the price. E





I was wondering if molasses-based rhum traditionelle/industriel from Martinique or other French Caribbean isles was widely available in France. Berry and Cate did a study recently in which they determined that when recipes from tiki's heyday call for "Martinique rum", they were usually referring to rhum traditionelle, not agricole, as almost no agricoles were being imported at the time.

http://www.amountainofcrushedice.com/?p=19258

I've been keeping my eye out for some ever since, but agricoles appear to have completely eclipsed molasses-based French rums as far as exports to the US go, so any experimentation I might do with them will have to wait.

I've only had a few agricoles myself, the favorite definitely being JM XO, but if Saint James ever starts exporting to the US again I'll be all over it.



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Early Landed Larry
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Posted: 2017-07-21 6:37 pm   Permalink

Hey Palmtree - no idea and I'm pretty sure I didn't see any. I've heard there might be one or two rum industrielle distilleries on Martinique but I don't know what they're called, and didn't see any obvious standouts in France! I also can't find them with a quick google. That said, agricole is so common in the French market that they don't necessarily go out of their way to say AGRICOLE on the packaging, so I could perhaps have missed some.

(For what it's worth, and I know we haven't been talking about this, I think to emulate the later Mai Tais the best thing is probably to do what Cate and Bum suggest and use a reasonable non-agricole rum as a balance to whatever Jamaican pot still you're using. My current mix is a little Meyers, Appleton estate mixed 50:50 with Mount Gay Black Barrel, and a splash of Plantation 5 on top - 25:50:25. I actually am not that keen on agricole in a MT - I prefer to keep it for drinks where it can be more front and centre - but I can totally see how you might use JM XO in a super-luxury version of one! )

Rummy blessings to your weekend!


 
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PalmtreePat
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Posted: 2017-07-22 12:35 pm   Permalink

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On 2017-07-21 18:37, Early Landed Larry wrote:
Hey Palmtree - no idea and I'm pretty sure I didn't see any. I've heard there might be one or two rum industrielle distilleries on Martinique but I don't know what they're called, and didn't see any obvious standouts in France! I also can't find them with a quick google. That said, agricole is so common in the French market that they don't necessarily go out of their way to say AGRICOLE on the packaging, so I could perhaps have missed some.

(For what it's worth, and I know we haven't been talking about this, I think to emulate the later Mai Tais the best thing is probably to do what Cate and Bum suggest and use a reasonable non-agricole rum as a balance to whatever Jamaican pot still you're using. My current mix is a little Meyers, Appleton estate mixed 50:50 with Mount Gay Black Barrel, and a splash of Plantation 5 on top - 25:50:25. I actually am not that keen on agricole in a MT - I prefer to keep it for drinks where it can be more front and centre - but I can totally see how you might use JM XO in a super-luxury version of one! )

Rummy blessings to your weekend!



Mahalo Larry. My every day Mai Tai blend is similar, but with Coruba for the dark and Doorly's 5 for the Barbados.


 
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PalmtreePat
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Posted: 2017-07-26 3:11 pm   Permalink



Seemed a little excessive given what I already hauled back with me from Jamaica, but I just couldn't pass up a pure pot still, 6 year, 100 proof rum at $25 a bottle.


 
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LeftarmofBuddha
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Joined: May 31, 2016
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From: Murfreesboro Tenn
Posted: 2017-07-26 5:39 pm   Permalink

Wow.....I've got to go back to Jamaica...

 
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hang10tiki
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Posted: 2017-07-26 8:32 pm   Permalink








 
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Tiki-boss
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Posted: 2017-07-26 11:59 pm   Permalink

Damn. I want a sip of that.

 
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