We got a chance to try “Clement Select Barrel” turns out to be some top shelf Rum. We have tried many rums or Rhum as they say it, from the island of Martinique and this one tops them all. Very smooth with some fruity notes, very very tasty. best enjoyed neat or on the rocks. If you run into this rum! get it.
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.😋
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.
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.
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 photos
and enjoying many great wine and food experiences.
Finally Wednesday afternoon we headed down to San Raphael, for a windy Wednesday paddle board trip.
This was supposed to be a “downwinder” riding chop and bump surfing for a mile or so but as you can see the 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.
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.
The nite ended with a sunset ride back to 101 sharing experiences and stories with our evening friends