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New Rum Reviews: Kōhana Hawaiian Agricole Rum

August 6, 2015

Aloha kakou!

As I attempt to keep you up-to-date with all the new rums coming on the market, I thought it high time to look at an exciting new agricole style rum coming out of Hawaii called Kōhana. I recently received three expressions of this tasty rum, and thoroughly enjoyed them all. In addition to reading the reviews, you’ll also learn a bit of ‘Ōlelo Hawai’i (Hawaiian language) in the process. Click here to read the article.

Huli pau!

-Josh

Kohana rum

 

Calling all NorCal Bartenders: Reinvent the Piña Colada & win up to $800!

July 31, 2015

Have you ever wanted to develop a new take on the classic Piña Colada? Well, here’s your chance to do so and win as much as $800 in the process!

In conjunction with the The Rum Lab and the California Rum Fest, we’re calling all NorCal tropical ‘tenders to submit recipes for the contest, which is graciously sponsored by Real Cocktail Ingredients and Don Q Rum.

Submit your recipes via email and get ready to compete in-person at Forbidden Island on Friday afternoon, September 11, 2015!

For entry information, read the official rules here: http://bit.ly/RumColadaContestRules

Email your entries and questions to rumcolada@gmail.com

This will be a great kick-off for the California RumFest, which will be held the very next day, Saturday, September 12 at the Terra Gallery in San Francisco.

Oh, and I’ll be running the competition at Forbidden Island, so you get to hang out with me (sorry about that part).

Planning to join us? Let us know on the Facebook event page here.

Wishing you all the best of luck,
Josh

Rum-Colada-Comp-Flyer

New Rum Reviews: Mezan Jamaica & Panama

July 27, 2015

At long last, I’m back with more rum reviews. Today we take a look at an exciting new rum line called Mezan.  The differentiation for this line comes less from what it is, and more of what it isn’t: messed with. No sugar, no caramel color–just water to proof. And unlike some rums from Berry Bros or Samaroli, these won’t set you back $100+ a bottle. OK great, but are they any good? Read the review and find out!

Cheers,
Josh

Mezan Rums

What’s the Best Cachaça for a Caipirinha?

May 4, 2015

Much like rhum agricole from the French West Indies, Brazil’s national drink is distilled from fermented sugar cane juice, but it’s not called rum, it’s called cachaça (ka-SHAH-sa).

Here in the United States, cachaça has mostly been used to make Brazil’s most famous drink: the caipirinha, but open-minded bartenders are beginning to see beyond the caipirinha. These folks are embracing cachaça’s unique flavor profile and finding ways to incorporate this versatile spirit into a variety uniquely pleasing cocktail creations.

Bartender innovation notwithstanding, I still get a lot of folks who ask me “what’s the best cachaça for a caipirinha?” and until recently, I could only recommend a few brands. Seeking to expand my knowledge of sugar cane spirits from Brazil led me to our latest in the spirit challenge series, in which we blind taste every bottle we can acquire in a category  and determine which tastes best.

So without further ado, let’s take the Cachaça Challenge!

What's the best cachaca for a caipirinha?

New Rum Review: Joel Richard Esencia 25

April 10, 2015

Greetings, folks!

Today I bring you a unique 25 year-old rum from Colombia. When I first saw the bottle at Ledger’s Liquors in Berkeley, I immediately recognized it as a rum from Dictador, but as I would learn it’s actually a pet project of two spirits importers based in Los Angeles. Twenty-five years is a long time to age any type of spirit, so there’s bound to be a hefty price tag. The question is: is it worth it? Read my review and find out!

Cheers,
Josh

Joel Richard Esencia 25 Year-Old Rum

New Rum Review: St. Lucia Distillers 1931, Batch 3

March 27, 2015

Greetings, fellow rum lovers!

Today you’re in for a treat as we take a look at a very special rum from the island of Saint Lucia. The “1931” in this case refers to the year the Denis Barnhard founded his family distillery in Dennery–the 1931 marque was established to mark the 80th anniversary of its founding. Now in its third batch, I’m a bit late to this party, but there’s plenty left to discover about the beauty of what may very well be St. Lucia’s finest rum. Read the review here to learn more about this delicious offering.

Cheers,
Josh

St. Lucia Distillers 1931 Batch 003

New Rum Review: Havana Club Seleccion de Maestros

March 21, 2015

Greetings, rummies!

With the re-opening of relations between the United States and Cuba, it seemed like a good time to begin adding reviews of Cuban rums to the site. So today, we begin with an offering from Havana Club: Seleccion de Maestros. This offering sits between their 7 year-old and their 15 year-old rums, but it bears no age statement. Coming in at ~$50, I have pretty high hopes, however! Read my review here and find out if this is one to look out for.

Cheers,
Josh

Havana Club Seleccion de Maestros

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