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BG Reynolds Mai Tai/Zombie/JetPilot Mixers
arcadiandj
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Posted: 2016-12-25 07:51 am   Permalink

Did some research and was only willing to try the Jet Pilot mix (love their falernum). It is not bad, but my homemade Jet Pilot is much better. There is way too much licorice taste in my opinion. And I haven't even tried the recommended recipe. Instead I used a modification I found on line: "an ounce of dark and gold rums, and a half ounce of a 151 rum. If you cut back the mixer to just two ounces, and add the rums, then this really comes close to an authentic jet Pilot." I'm worried I may not make it through the bottle before it goes bad and even had the impulse to pour it out a couple times. I will play with it though, because it is quality stuff. I will not buy it again.

 
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CosmoReverb
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From: Southern California
Posted: 2017-03-22 12:10 pm   Permalink

Didn't know where else to put this and it is certainly not worth creating a new thread for, but for folks in the LA/OC area of SoCal who have been wanting to but finding it hard to locate a brick-and-mortar source for BG Reynolds products, I was at Hi Time in Costa Mesa last night and saw that they appear to be starting to carry at least some of the BG Reynolds syrups and mixers. I believe that I saw the Zombie and Mai Tai mixers as well as the Falernum, Demerara, and Paradise Blend (Don's Mix) syrups. They didn't have the orgeat which is what I was looking for, (picked up some Liquid Alchemy to try instead) but maybe they will be carrying a more complete line-up in the future.

Just thought kids might want to know...


 
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kkocka
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Posted: 2017-03-22 2:41 pm   Permalink

Thanks for the head's up! The only place locally that I'm aware of is a place in Silverlake called Bar Keeper, but if there's another CA store like Hi Time that's definitely great.
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mikehooker
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From: Austin
Posted: 2017-07-27 12:01 pm   Permalink

Has anyone noticed a shortage of BG orgeat lately in their area? The city of Austin is completely out. Other flavors are still available but the few places that carry it around here have had the orgeat on back order for like a month or more. Are they just behind in production or is it time to panic?

 
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kkocka
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Posted: 2017-07-31 10:56 am   Permalink

I think you're okay. You could order straight from bgreynolds.com as well - unless an email would come after ordering, everything seems to be in stock.
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mikehooker
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Posted: 2017-07-31 11:44 am   Permalink

Thanks. I'm hoping it doesn't come to that. My local spot sells it for $17.99. Through the website with shipping I'm looking at $29. I'm sure the price per bottle goes down slightly if I buy a case at a time but if I'm having to shell out more than $20 per bottle for orgeat I might as well just make my own.

 
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HopeChest
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From: East Bay, CA
Posted: 2017-08-01 09:55 am   Permalink

Just got an email from BG Reynolds with little story about orgeat so they must still be up to their hips in it.

 
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mikehooker
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From: Austin
Posted: 2017-08-01 10:27 am   Permalink

I contacted them through their website about the Austin shortage and got this reply:

"Hi,
My 375mls are experiencing a production delay. We are working hard on getting product out. Depending on the distributor they tend to order 20-50 cases and want their order to be complete before shipping. Since I am not sending out that many my producer can give me odd ball numbers of product.

Thanks for your patience,
Sara Reynolds"

Thing is, it's the 750s all my stores carry. So don't really understand the explanation.


 
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Bam Bam
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From: NEPA
Posted: 2018-11-19 4:00 pm   Permalink

Well, what have we here? A dark shadow from BGR's past that has swept it's way, inexplicably, across semi-rural PA?



I never expected to find BG Reynolds products in my back yard, let alone at the local Surplus outlet - for $1 a bottle at that. Sadly, there was no sign of the Zombie mix, so the set is incomplete. These were supposed to be shelf-stable, right? By the date on the bottle, they expire next month. Serious question, should I risk a test after these have been sitting untouched for 2 years at best?


 
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kkocka
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Posted: 2018-11-19 4:10 pm   Permalink

Go for it, at the price you paid opening one isn't so bad.

 
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Bam Bam
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Posted: 2018-11-19 4:26 pm   Permalink

I guess my concern in this case is, "can I drink enough (reportedly middling) Mai Tais before this stuff goes off for good?"

Let's roll the dice.


 
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Bam Bam
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Posted: 2018-11-19 6:20 pm   Permalink

Experiments concluded. Time to catalogue the results. Starting with the Mai Tai mix, since I have admittedly have not yet had a proper Jet Pilot to compare the bottled mix to.

First thing I noted with mild annoyance is that there is no pull tab on the cap seals. Not a big deal. Knifes are a thing, after all. Love the graphics on the seal, by the way.



The bottle was shaken, per instructions, to re-incorporate the solids that had settled to the bottom. Pouring some out, it still didn't want to completely come together. Tasting the mix by itself, the first thing I noticed is the sweetness, not just in the level of sugar, but in flavor. I was expecting much more tartness, though that may be an artifact of the mix's juices being aged for two years. There is also an underlying bitterness, like lime pith.



Alright, let's make some Mai Tais, circa 2016.

Mai Tai #1 - Per the bottle's instructions:
3 oz BGR Mai Tai Mix
1.5 oz PA State Store stock rum (50/50 blend of Appleton Signature and Rhum Barbancourt)



Results: It certainly looks the part. Garnished per instructions with mint and a lime wedge. The ratio between mix and spirits, however, seems off. Normally when I make a Vic's-style Mai Tai I end up with 3 oz rum to 2 oz mixers, but this is turned on it's head! Consequentially, I can barely taste the rum, and get an overwhelming syrup flavor. Surprisingly, not much almond flavor, and a bitter pith-y chemical after-taste. let's try again.

Mai Tai #2 - My normal ratio
2 oz BGR Mai Tai Mix
3 oz rum blend



Results: All I taste is rum, water, and a hint of sugar. Oh, and there's still that bitter pith aftertaste. I noted that there was barely any citrus flavor coming through, in either version tried so far. Let's rectify that.

Mai Tai #3
2.5 oz BGR Mai Tai Mix
1/2 oz fresh lime juice
2 oz rum blend



Results: The addition of fresh lime instantly changes the character of the drink. The acidity cuts through the sweetness of the mix easily, and on a whole the flavor is more balanced. There is still not enough orgeat flavor for my taste, though I tend to favor it heavily in my scratch-mixed Mai Tais. There is still that pith-y aftertaste, which I am going to ascribe to the fact that this bottle of sugar and juices has been ageing for long past its intended use range.

Speaking of juices, looking at the ingredients, I noticed something a little strange.



This mix includes orange juice as well as lime juice. I think that explains to some degree the foam I was getting after shaking, and also perhaps that old, expired citrus bitterness.

Conclusion: This is in no way a substitute for a fresh-mixed Mai Tai. I think even when this bottle was new it would not have stood up to fresh-ingredient based mixology. I feel like overall it is just plain lacking in flavor, even when used at "full strength" as in test #1. A valiant effort, I think, on the part of BGR, to make the Mai Tai more accessible, but there's just no substitute for freshness.


 
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Bam Bam
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From: NEPA
Posted: 2018-11-20 8:20 pm   Permalink

Alright, time to try the Jet Pilot mix. I'm going to restrict myself to just a couple tests since this does include grapefruit (which technically I shouldn't be drinking).

Upon opening the bottle, the first thing that struck me was the aromatic spiciness of this mix. Very cinnamon-forward, with that anise touch in the background. Something tells me this may come in handy as a spice mix for hot cider.

Jet Pilot #1 - Per recipe on the bottle
3 oz BGR Jet Pilot mix
1 1/2 oz dark rum (Appleton Signature)



Results: Overall a good amount of flavor. Again, not having had a proper Test/Jet pilot I can't really compare profiles, but it isn't terrible. It certainly is a Donn Beach style drink, with all the spice in it. It does, sadly, seem to suffer from the same pith-y bitterness that the Mai Tai mix does. It must be the age of the citrus juices causing this.

Jet Pilot #2 - Revived
2 1/2 oz BGR Jet Pilot mix
1/2 oz lime juice
1 1/2 oz dark rum
1 oz gold rum (Mount Gay)



Results: Again, like the Mai Tai mix, the addition of a little fresh citrus changes the balance of the drink drastically. The boosted spirit level brings it closer still. The spice level is still up there, but so is the underlying bitterness.

Conclusion: I actually like this a little better than the Mai Tai mix, perhaps because I can't help but be more critical of such an iconic drink. Someday, when I have occasion to try a proper Jet Pilot, I will be better able to judge this one. For now, I think it is indeed fated to end its journey as mulling spices for Thanksgiving cider.


 
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Hamo
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From: Colorado (via Iowa)
Posted: 2018-11-21 10:58 pm   Permalink

Interested experiments, Bam Bam. My first "Mai Tai" was from a mix (not Blair's, the Trader Vic's brand which I found at a World Market four or five years ago) and it didn't excite me at the time. Then I tasted the real thing.

As for a Jet Pilot, the Bum's Sippin' Safari has this recipe:

1 oz dark Jamaican rum
3/4 oz gold Puerto Rican rum
3/4 oz 151-proof Demerera rum
1/2 oz lime juice
1/2 oz grapefruit juice
1/2 oz cinnamon syrup
1/2 oz falernum
6 drops (1/8 tsp) pastis
1 dash Angostura bitters
4 oz crushed ice

Put everything in a blender, saving crushed ice for last. Blend at high speed for no more than 5 seconds. Pour into an old-fashioned glass.


 
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