Category Archives: rum

Beware the demon rum

Best Rum & Coke ever!

Casey’s Blog:
I have been drinking “Brugal Especial Extra Dry Rum” all winter, and without a doubt! it by far makes the best rum & coke ever. it really seems to bring out all the spices in the cola.
Even thou it is clear it’s been aged 3 years in oak barrel’s. That oak ageing really seems to smooth out the taste of this very dry rum. It’s also very good enjoyed by itself or on the rocks.
Get a bottle of this if you see it. Soooo goood.ūüėč

Charbay vanilla bean rum

The Charbay Artisan Distillery and Winery is know as The Still on the Hill in the St. Helena area of the Napa Valley.

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Gail and I visited this winery during our trip to Napa Valley last April.
At this small winery which rests 2100 feet above sea level we found copper pot stills, where we received a short but informative lesson about the distillation process they use in the making of their spirits, which we could not taste due to California laws.

The triple distillation should leave the product very clean and crisp to the taste, none of the alcohol or oily taste that often lingers with many pot stilled rums.

While in Napa we tried in vain to find a bottle of Charbay rum to bring home with us. Our hotel bar did stock Charbay vodkas but not the rum.

I had all but forgotten about this rum, when, finally, the quest was over, a bottle of Charbay Vanilla Bean Rum appeared at our local liquor store.

A white rum with good rum legs and a vanilla nose this rum is quite tasty as a sipper. It should make a good rum and coke as well as a nice mojito.

The triple distilling process truly does present a smooth, clean, crisp finish.

The vanilla bean flavor is very up front but not overpowering.

A great bar shelf rum, a little pricey ( I paid $40ish for it), but certainly fun for me since I was at the distillery.

The Charbay story of a family owned distillery and one of only few in the U.S. to have pot stills, is very interesting and informative.

If you can find this rum give it a try, it is different enough to enjoy and you are buying American.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rum N Hatty

Casey’s Blog:

I am down in Hatteras for my usual spring surf trip and I got my hands on some new rums and a twist on a old one.

I Sampled the 12yr aged. Very good stuff. Its a little smooth vanilla  creamy up front with a nice complex finish. Top Shelf.
I Sampled the 12yr aged.
Very good stuff. Its a little smooth vanilla creamy up front with a nice complex finish. Top Shelf.

Don Q Rum Grand Anejo. The Presentation looks High end.  The taste is pretty good.  Lots of oak and a little smoke up front. And again a very complex finish. Good for sipping.  Top shelf.
Don Q Rum Grand Anejo.
The Presentation looks High end. The taste is pretty good. Lots of oak and a little smoke up front. And again a very complex finish. Good for sipping. Top shelf.

Note: Don Q is a Puerto Rican Rum, which I usually don't like, but this is a exception.
Note: Don Q is a Puerto Rican Rum, which I usually don’t like, but this is a exception.

This is the Greatest Discovery since Da Reef.  Pyrat Rum Soaked Peeps. Soooo Freaked good.  I guarantee you can't stop eating them till they are all gone.
This is the Greatest Discovery since Da Reef.
Pyrat Rum Soaked Peeps. Soooo Freaked good. I guarantee you can’t stop eating them till they are all gone.

 

Pot Stills and Paddleboards ; On the West Coast part 2

 

Exploring the Napa Valley area is tricky, so much to see and do, choosing which winery to start at, a difficult decision for most I am sure, but not for us. We found the only winery with the 200 yr old pot still that makes rum, and we found it at 2100 feet above sea level.

Pot stills
Pot stills

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unfortunately Cali laws would not allow us to taste or purchase this rum at the distillery (but I will find some rum and bring it back for a proper review) we got a great lesson on the stilling process and tasted the wines they had to offer.

Moving on we spent 2 full days taking photosIMG_3646 IMG_3666

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and enjoying many great wine and food experiences.

Finally Wednesday  afternoon we headed down to San Raphael, for a windy Wednesday paddle board trip.

We headed out from 101 Surfsports

http://www.101surfsports.com

down a waterway into the Oakland Bay. We had a nice scenic paddle to the Marin Islands.

 

 

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where we were greeted by Capt. Drew

Capt. Drew
Capt. Drew

and

Nicko
Nicko

Nicko

the skipper and 1st mate of the Barbary Ghost http://www.barbaryghost.com/Boat-in_Paddling.htmlIMG_3794

for a boat ride back to the surf shop.

This was supposed to be a “downwinder” riding chop and bump surfing for a mile or so but as you can see IMG_3788the bay was flat and calm. Capt. Drew tried his best to get everyone a ride as he drove around for a 1/2 hr or so creating some bumps.IMG_3779

riding the wake
riding the wake

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We got a good taste of the sup culture here learning about racing and bump and glide boards from our guide Derek and the rest of the paddlers on the trip. We also shared our stories of the reef and the  water culture we have on the Great Lakes.

 

Gidget tried out a Starboard touring board and a SIC Bullet.  Both stable boards that performed nicely in the light conditions we encountered. The Starboard just powered it way through the small waves while the Bullet glided right through them. None of that nose slap we get on our boards when the waves just start to pick up. I chose a trusty old Starboard Atlas, the big bro to the Big Easy.

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The nite ended with a sunset ride back to 101 sharing experiences and stories with our evening friends