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What's your latest rum purchase?
wupput
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Posted: 2015-03-26 5:25 pm   Permalink

Well, I'm drinking probably the first authentic Mai Tai of my life with Smith & Cross, Barbancourt, Cointreau, (and unfortunately Toroni orgeat, which may be negatively affecting the balance of my drink). That aside, it's fascinatingly different than any other Mai Tai I've ever had, including the ones I've made myself. It's almost like a tequila-based drink, I guess that's the Barbancourt? I'm going to try round 2 with Smith & Cross and something else, maybe Doorly's, though I kind of miss the darker rum or demerara flavors I associate with this drink (probably from making the Surf Room or Royal Hawaiian versions).

 
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mikehooker
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Joined: Jul 17, 2014
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From: Austin via Mai Kai town
Posted: 2015-04-07 10:14 pm   Permalink

A good buddy brought me back a bottle of Koloa spiced from his honeymoon in Hawaii. Said it's the best rum he had out there. I see there's a 5 min of rum episode dedicated to it which I'll listen to tomorrow. Anyone else have any recipe suggestions? I hardly ever use spiced rum and this makes a fifth bottle in my collection.




 
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CongoPete
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Joined: Jan 23, 2015
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From: AZ
Posted: 2015-04-07 11:00 pm   Permalink

Its my birthday in two weeks so i ordered myself something fun.


have only tried the Polynesian-inspired so far.. wow its almost like drinking whisky..





 
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AceExplorer
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Joined: Apr 03, 2008
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From: Deep in the Jacksonville Florida jungle.
Posted: 2015-04-08 05:34 am   Permalink

Quote:

On 2015-04-07 22:14, mikehooker wrote:
...a bottle of Koloa spiced...
...Anyone else have any recipe suggestions?...



I haven't been able to bring myself to buy their spiced yet, the Koloa line is available at my local Total Wine here in Florida. I don't often have spiced rums, but when I do, I try to make very simple rum-forward drinks to showcase the spices. You may try a Derby Daiquiri and see how that goes, and don't be afraid to boost the rum ratio a bit (1/2 oz or so to start) to bring it further forward in the drink.

One note on my experience buying Koloa -- it's MUCH cheaper for me to buy Koloa from Hi Times in Costa Mesa CA and have it shipped to Florida than it is to buy it locally from Total Whine. Total Whine charges $42/bottle and Hi Times is more like $29-$32 a bottle right now. Coincidentally I checked on Koloa yesterday and found that I can get six bottles shipped from Hi Times in California to Florida for $31 in shipping costs.


 
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Wayfarer
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From: Italy, but not by choice
Posted: 2015-04-11 09:59 am   Permalink

That Koloa spiced rum looks nice, wish I could try it.

Recently I was on a work trip to Mauritius, an island that takes it's rum and vanilla rum seriously, so the latest rums come from there.

Ti Rhum Vanille
I meant to drink it with Coke but it was so good I just let it keep me company while I worked. This is now one of my favorite rums and I regret I couldn't find a bottle to take home at the airport.


I brought back Gold of Mauritius, which is smoky like a Scotch but still a dark rum and St. Aubin 1819 vanilla rum, which is inferior to the Ti Rhum Vanille.









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kkocka
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Posted: 2015-04-21 4:23 pm   Permalink

I hit up Hi Times Wine after the Int'l Tiki Marketplace and acquired:

Coruba Dark
Hamilton Demerara
Hamilton Demerara Overproof

I'm excited to throw the Hamilton into a Jet Pilot and a 151 Swizzle, though I don't feel the need to rush into things. I've been fortunate to try the overproof at Tonga Hut and it knocked me out. It feels good to know there's an alternate to Lemon Hart.
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hiwattowner
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Joined: Apr 06, 2008
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From: Near Boston, MA
Posted: 24 days ago; 6:29 pm   Permalink

What's the name of that feeling when you open that box in your basement closet and realize that you had bought just a bit more than you had remembered?




 
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mikehooker
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From: Austin via Mai Kai town
Posted: 24 days ago; 10:00 pm   Permalink

Hamilton procured in Texas.



 
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KrakenHunterSteve
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Posted: 15 days ago; 9:25 pm   Permalink


Wow, poor lighting. Went on a little spree today. Highlights include Clement XO (no longer bing produced), Don Pancho origenes 18yr, Hamilton St. Lucia, Angostura 1919, smith and cross, Abuelo 7, Hamilton gold Jamaican, lost spirits Polynesian, and the rest are for mixing.


 
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kkocka
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Posted: 15 days ago; 10:04 pm   Permalink

Steve, any clue what a similar rum to Angostura 1919 is?

 
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KrakenHunterSteve
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Posted: 13 days ago; 2:13 pm   Permalink

Angostura 1919 is fairly sweet and exceptionally smooth, with strong vanilla notes. I would compare it's simplicity to both el dorado 12 and diplomatico reserva, both of those having a lighter, sweeter profile. Angostura's 1824 definitely has more complexity, and is worth the extra few bucks.

 
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AceExplorer
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From: Deep in the Jacksonville Florida jungle.
Posted: 13 days ago; 6:28 pm   Permalink

A friend of mine just got back from a Caribbean cruise. He brought back 1 bottle of Havana Club 7 which I told him he MUST buy, and then four other bottles of CRAP he could have bought in the US for $3-4 more apiece. I was sooooo disappointed. I will blame his girlfriend - she wanted "fruity vodka" and they got it...

 
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Wichita Lime Man
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Joined: Apr 25, 2012
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From: the exotic shores of Kansas
Posted: 10 days ago; 06:51 am   Permalink

Things may be looking up in flyover country. We visited a newly-opened store yesterday and I picked up a bottle of Rhum Barbancourt 8 and a bottle of Ferrand Dry Curacao, neither of which I had seen in other local stores previously.

 
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mikehooker
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Joined: Jul 17, 2014
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From: Austin via Mai Kai town
Posted: Today; 10:42 pm   Permalink

Some things I grabbed in Vancouver...


Talking to the locals, no one seems to be fond of the Lemon Hart. At all. Perhaps as reported on here, the Canadian versions are not the same as what we used to have in America. In fact, someone told me the Havana Club they have here is not even close to what they're serving in Cuba. And it's hella expensive in comparison. Bummer.

Was tempted by this but passed as my luggage is too heavy going back home as it is.....



 
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