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What's your latest rum purchase?
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Joined: May 03, 2005
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Posted: 30 days ago; 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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From: Austin via Mai Kai town
Posted: 18 days ago; 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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Joined: Jan 23, 2015
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From: AZ
Posted: 18 days ago; 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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From: Deep in the Jacksonville Florida jungle.
Posted: 17 days ago; 05:34 am   Permalink


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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Joined: Jun 03, 2009
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From: Italy, but not by choice
Posted: 14 days ago; 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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Joined: Jul 23, 2013
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Posted: 4 days ago; 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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