Bahama Bob's Rumstyles

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Clement Introduces Mahina Coco

     Martinique's Clement Rhums has introduced a new flavored rum, Mahina Coco.  This is an interesting second departure into flavored French style rhums.  Their original was the Creole Shrubb, an orange flavored expression that has been around of several years now.   

     "A bright French Caribbean coconut delicacy, Mahina Coco is crafted with luscious pieces of young coconut soused with Rhum Agricole, which brings a soft and sweet roundness of the tropics. Try Mahina Coco simply on ice, with pineapple juice, or in exotic island cocktails."

     Flavored rhums are not readily seen coming from the Agricole Rhum  producers, but this looks like it is a well thought out expression that has some real promise.  Like it 's sister expression Creole Shrubb, Mahina Coco it is not your ordinary flavored rhum.

     It’s based in rhum blanc agricole, giving it a complexity and authenticity to flavored rhum that is very hard to beat, with “luscious pieces of young coconut.”    Clement has taken an after dinner French Caribbean cocktail into our homes here in America.  It will cost you somewhere around $26.00, but as Clement says, "A sumptuous CREOLE LIQUOR with White Rhum and COCONUT flavor"

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

October's First Rat Key Tasting

     With the temperatures dropping a bi to the mid and lower 80's here in Key West, the afternoons at Rat Key are so much more enjoyable.   Sitting around the serving table stacked with 6 to 8 rums set for sampling is a much more pleasant experience.

   This week, we were here to enjoy rums from all over the Caribbean and Florida,  There was a Wicked Dolphin expression from Cape Coral, Florida that led off the afternoons tasting.  We moved on to an Elements 8 rum from St. Lucia, followed by Captain Bligh Gold from St. Vincent.  These were all young rums with some very interesting on the palate for rums of their age.

     Next we were off to Barbados for  R.L. Seale Rum along with a 10 year old  St. Nicolas Abbey expression.   Both of these fine rums put us back to the areas of fine aged rums.  These were very clean and had a natural sweetness that makes them something very special.  A bottle of Santa Teresa 1796 Solera from Venezuela, one of the fine rums that come out of that area was a wonderful experience as well.

     Finally we were off to Cuba for a Havana Club 7 Year and a Santiago de
Cuba Anejo.  More of the fine rum produced in the Spanish style of rum making and just wonderful to be able to enjoy watching the sun beginning to set over Fleming Key to the west.   This was a very epic day of tasting and camaraderie on Rat Key with so many fine rums.  

     It was sad to see the darkness take over the island and having to find our way back home in the dark.   ;o)

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

The Sunset Daiquiri

    Sitting on the aft deck Saturday night with a yearning for a new daiquiri at sunset when I got the inspiration for this one.  It brings a nuttiness to the daiquiri and a sweet-tart refreshing flavor.  Frangelico adds a real special nutty flavor, while the Zafra brings out the vanilla and bourbon notes making this a unique experience.

The Sunset Daiquiri
·         1/2 oz. Frangelico
·         1 1/2 oz. Zafra Master Reserve
·         Juice of ½  Lemon
·         Juice of ½ Lime
·         1/2 oz. Agave Nectar

Place all ingredients into a shaker filled with ice and shake until thoroughly chilled.  Strain into a chilled cocktail glass and garnish with a lemon and lime wheel.

Monday, October 5, 2015

2015 "Show Rum Tasting Competition Results" from "Show Rum Italian Rum Festival"

     Another rum festival has reached conclusion this year.  Show Rum Italian Rum Festival is now a part of history.  Leonardo Pinto, Alessandra Penteriani and his staff put together a fine assembly of rum companies and rum people from around the world that have provided the people of Italy with a very impressive rum experience.

     Part of this festival was a tasting competition judged by rum professionals from around the world.  Here are the results of the judging at the festival.    Here are the winners of the international Show Rum Tasting Competition that have just been announced.

Column Still White - Angostura White
Column Still 1-3 - Bacardi Heritage
Column Still 4-7 - Abuelo 7
Column Still 8-15 - Abuelo 12
Column Still greater than 15 - Malecon Especial 1985
Column Still No Age Declared - Havana Union
Pot Still & Blended 1-3 - Diplomatico Bianco
Pot Still & Blended 4-7 - Appleton Reserve
Pot Still & Blended 8-15 - Appleton Rare Blend 12
Pot Still & Blended greater than 15 - Appleton 21
Pot Still & Blended No Age Declared - Hampden Estate Gold
Agricole Style White - Damoiseau Pure Cane
Agricole Style 1-3 - Trois Rivieres Ambré
Agricole Style 4-6 - Trois Rivieres Vsop
Agricole Style greater than 6 - Dillon Selection Club 12 XO
Cachaca White - Pitú
Cacaçha Aged - Pitú Especial
Overproof Rum - Rum Fire Velvet
Spiced and Flavored - Rum Project One
Independent Bottler White - Plantation 3 Stars

     The show provided a chance to sample many great rums from around the world, including rums from Bacardi, Havana Club, Abuelo, Angostura, El Dorado, Diplomatico and many more from places like Martinique, Mauritius, Jamaica, Guadeloupe, Barbados and Dominican Republic.

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Sunday, October 4, 2015

The Harbor at Santiago de Cuba

     The site of many Naval battles over the years and especially the era during the Spanish, Cuban and American War, the entrance to the harbor at Santiago de Cuba is a very serene and beautiful place to visit in July.

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Conch Republic Daiquiri

     I've been fooling around with daiquiri ideas for several years now, and today I came up with a new idea that I feel like could be one of my best daiquiri's ever.  I takes components from the basic daiquiri and adds touches of the Mai Tai for flavor.

     The Conch Republic is a short lived country that seceded from the United States back in the mid 80's to put a point across the deaf ears of the federal government.  This is a secession from the normal way of creating the daiquiri.  Give this one a try, I think that you will like it flavor and natural sweetness.

Conch Republic Daiquiri

  • 2 oz. Yolo Silver Rum
  • 1 oz. Pineapple Juice
  • 1/2 oz. Orgeat
  • 1/2 oz. Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur
  • Juice of 1/2 Lime
Place all ingredients into a shaker with ice and shake until chilled.   Strain into a chilled cocktail glass and garnish with a lime wheel and a pineapple wedge.

Friday, October 2, 2015

Granada Six Saints Rum

     My first introduction to Six Saints Rum was in a flask hidden inside a bible.  The rum got my

attention immediately.  I'm really looking forward to its arrival at the Rum Bar in Key West soon so I can share it with my rum loving customers.
    The minute you arrive in Grenada, you  sense the aromas of spice in the air.    Grenada is a of leading grower of Nutmeg and other spices earning it the nickname of the Spice Isle.     The air is sweet and refreshing it enlivens the whole place.   Grenada’s rums also have their own flavor as well. 
     Six Saints is made fro only the best of ingredients and aged i once used bourbon barrels.  Named for the six parishes of Grenada, the rum has gained a bit of righteousness of its own. .   Six Saints is a pale amber color, with the sweet aroma of brown sugar and fruit.   The flavor on the palate includes hints of fruit, oak and bourbon.   The finish is smooth, but, at 41.7 percent ABV, adds a pepperiness to the robust finale.   The result is a fine rum, that Grenada can be proud of.   
Grenada Six Saints Rum
     "The devout islanders of Grenada have been quietly hand crafting rum for over 200 years. Named after the Caribbean isle’s six saintly parishes, we distill divine natural rum, the way it has always been.    Using only the most hallowed ingredients, it’s then matured in once used bourbon barrels and presented at 41.7% the perfect sipping strength.   You might say Six Saints is a truly immaculate conception!"

     Many larger islands get more attention drawn to their rums, but the Spice Isle has long been held in high regard for their rums, following in a more than two centuries of tradition at three  distilleries:  River Antoine, Clark’s Court and Grenada Distillers.   The latter is the home of the new Six Saints Rum, which launched earlier this year in most markets in the US and includes the tagline: “The Righteous Spirit of the West Indies.”
     Looking forward to seeing this rum's arrival at the Rum Bar and be able to share it with my friends and rum lovers.