Monday, March 14, 2016

A Perfect Day to Visit Hawaii...

My Sister in Law recently visited Hawaii and was nice enough to bring back two samples of Koloa Rum and I finally got a chance to sit and have a sip... Today we will taste:
Kaua'I Coconut Rum.... Rum being sugar based lends itself to things Tropical. Coconut Rum is no stranger to me and just about anyone who has used rum as a mixer. There are a few coconut rums on the market, but being that this is from Hawaii I have high hopes for it.

Before I talk, lets see what Koloa says:
"A taste of Hawaii in a glass with hints of young coconut, toasted coconut cocoa flavors with a smooth, natural tasting finish."

Here are my impressions. After pouring a sample, the coconut to my
nose is the main aroma that hits you. While certainly strong - its not cloyingly sweet or overpowering, just a nice real smell of coconut. Any rum aroma is very light, very sweet and in the background. This is a boldly flavored Rum.
Taste; Yes Coconut. There are traces of the toastiness, of the Coconut, and a touch of cotton candy, in the background. I confess I do not know how "young" coconut tastes, but there is NOTHING in this spirit I don't like! Rather than hinting and teasing this flavored rum delivers! A VERY pleasant rum aftertaste, and the sweetness stays as well. I find in some others Coconut Rums, the after taste bitters slightly. Not so with Kaua'I Coconut Rum.
My opinion? -- A Top Shelf Mixer. When I added a touch of just water and even with just a chunk of ice, the flavor intensified. This means whether you are making something like a Pina Colata, or as simple as a Rum & Coke, this will bring the coconut flavor. The RC will roar with added flavor, and I think, make you the Pina King! Changing the standard R&C tp C & Kaua'I Coconut Rum will make you become a mixologist for your friends.

Next we sipped Kaua'I Spice Rum. Their page says:
"Produced from a proprietary spice blend, golden wheat in color with hints of spice cake on the nose. Extremely well balanced with a hint of caramel and vanilla, and a long smooth finish."

OK - I always write out my impressions before I read the Distillers' page. I found the spice up front -- again Koloa adds flavor. They are not timid, their boldness is so on spot though! I kept trying to put in words to describe the spices. I caught the vanilla, and while I did feel there was caramel, I could not place why it seemed different. After reading -- YES it does have a spice cake aroma (drool) and that is what the caramel nose is. Oh -- what a great sniff. I want incense like this! Oh my. My love affair with craft spice rums has just included another. this is yummy! The taste is so soothing. The spiciness is there and the aftertaste does linger and it is nice. It allows you to sip and appreciate it, slow, lingering... No rush. I like a good spiced rum and cola.. Oh yeah! 
When I watered and iced it, it intensified the aromas and brings out the "cakey" taste. Yes another Top Shelf Mixer. If you love spiced rums, not out of the sit and sip realm either. A 2 ounce shot of this over a hard cube, could make a sit in the shade on a sunny afternoon, a highlight of your day.

Overall -- my impression? If you can get it (available in 14 States and 4 additional countries -- just go to their website) try it. It may become your favorite. I plan to try their whole line (yes they have a white and a gold) and I will get back to you on that.

That's it for me. After a great tasting -- I usually just sit back enjoy a quiet time to sip some more and know, Rick the Rum Runner has done his job! Till next time. ....

Wednesday, March 09, 2016

A Quick Post With an Apology

Hi there!

Sorry it has been a while since I have talked with you in a bit. Real Life intervened and the computer gods wreaked havoc upon me..... So I will make this a short post, let you be in the know and tell you what I have planned for the very near future (it's good).
My main PC slowly became crippled due to an apparent bad build of Windows 10. Gradually, inexorably, the PC had a tougher and tougher time connecting to the internet. Now that unit is on a wired network, so problems with it is VERY rare. Well, finally, I could not get on at all. I was doing research and traced it down to W10, due to a good amount of traffic of people having the same problem as I. There were many "antidotes" but I noticed the authors of said cures would be back saying that it was a temporary fix. It finally became obvious that the ONLY way to get rid of the problem was to revert to my old Windows, with a clean install, and then after removing W10, go back later and re-update to W10. I am done with the install of my old W7, I have enough to finally post and get back to normal. I will re update (everyone seems good with the current W10, and my lap top is doing fine, with an earlier build) at a later date but for now can resume some form of normalcy. That said. Let's talk RUM!

I have a wonderful, very supportive family. Besides a wife that I adore, the entire In-Law group are a fun bunch and incredibly supportive. They truly are as close as my Brother and Sister and with the sheer amount of them, they are always there for me.
A group of my In-laws went of vacation that included Hawaii. Because they were their I was given two Rums to sample from The Koloa Rum Company. I am excited!! So next week (Shooting for Monday) I will have a tasting for you here on RTRR. I have wanted to wrap my taste buds
around their spirits for some time and I now can. So make sure you check next week for that taste. In the mean time lets talk about Koloa Rum.
I have never been to Hawaii but this rum has been on my radar for some time. I have not pursued getting a sample, but that was made unnecessary with this gift from my SIL. Looking at their site, I zeroed in on their history:

Kaua`i is the natural home for the Kōloa Rum Company. Captain James Cook and the crews of the HMS Resolution and HMS Discovery first made landfall on Kaua`i in 1778. It is believed that in the holds of both ships were barrels of rum.

It all started here! Established in Kōloa Town in 1835, the Kōloa Plantation and Mill's first harvest in 1837 produced two tons of raw sugar. Talking story with old timers reveals that rum production began around this time.

Today, Kaua`i’s distinctive “tall cane” continues to thrive in rich volcanic soil, nurtured by the pure waters of Mt. Wai`ale`ale, one of the wettest spots on Earth. It is from this proud heritage that we handcraft our single-batch, premium Hawaiian Rum.

Kōloa Rum Company was founded to create world-class Hawaiian Rum. We are the first and only licensed distillery on the Island of Kaua`i, where sugarcane production has been a traditional way of life. Our first batch of premimum Hawaiian Rum was distilled and bottled in September 2009 which coincided with the opening of our Tasting Room & Company Store at Kilohana Plantation.
Hawaiian Fruit Specialties and its Kukui Brand was founded in 1931 by the Tateishi Family as a means of preserving the wild guava, pineapple, lilikoi, and other abundant fruits of Kaua`i. A long and proud family history of hard work and dedication ensued that employed the entire family, including the six children of Aster and Hiroshi Tateishi.

So that said (or read) .... I'll see you next week for The Tasting...