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Rum Quest month week 3 Dos Maderas

Today we will travel to spain for some very fine rums.

Dos Maderas 5+5 and 5+3 are very unique in how they are aged .

The 1st part of the aging process is at the point of origin (Guyana and Barbados)  for 5 yrs. in oak barrels. And then on to Spain for aging in Dos Cortados sherry casks. This is the final stage for the 5+3, where as the 5+5 undergoes a final stage of aging in Don Guido sherry casks.

This multi stage process creates very wonderful rums.

5+3……boasts a sweet spicy smoky nose.

Rich honey color and strong rum legs make it pleasing to the eye.

You get a wave of flavor as it moves across your palate. Starting with a well-balanced spice and smoke, blended with fruit sweetness, followed by a smooth vanilla finish.

This is a top shelf rum.

5+5 ……is a much darker nectar, almost coffee color,with even nicer legs.

The nose is more complex with a hint of chocolate and tobacco.

Sweet on the tongue, the sherry characteristics are more pronounced, creating a sweeter ,fruiter, full-bodied flavor. The finish is smooth and creamy.

A very very nice rum. Keep this locked up and share with only true friends.

Casey’s Take: 5+5 is a top ten sipping rum. I love the stuff. I find it both very complex and very smooth which are two traits that are hard to find together. The combination makes it soo flavorful. This is one rum I try to always have on the shelf.

Reef Warrior gift guide

While Casey has been reviewing sails, http://reefwarriors.wordpress.com/2012/11/05/naish-chopper-review/

boards, http://reefwarriors.wordpress.com/2012/04/21/118-wind-sup-rocks/


and wetsuits, http://reefwarriors.wordpress.com/2012/03/08/drysuit-vs-wetsuit/

for you to add to your holiday wish list .

I just want to pass on some suggestions for those of us who won’t be restocking the gear quiver this year.

Here are  a few good gift ideas for the reef warrior on your list.


There are many cold winter days and nights we long for time on the water.When you need a fix a good video will keep the stoke going.

Here are a couple of fun choices.

The 1st is Unsalted, it is a movie  about the history of surfing on the great lakes.

A must have for anyone who is fond of fresh water.

available at http://www.amazon.com/Unsalted-Surfing-Documentary/dp/B002DQP1RG

Next up is H2Indo, a stand up paddle movie.

I recently picked up a copy at Eastern Mountain Sports here in Amherst, NY.

The movie was very well done and had many great insights to the personalities

of some of the leaders in S.U.P., and lots of great waves. The scenes of Dave Kalama “trick surfing” are great fun.

If you enjoy surf movies and stand up paddling then this is a great stocking stuffer.



If you are looking for a long board skateboard

go see Lonnie at http://www.surfontario.ca/


They have a great selection of boards and gear, from sup to surf to land.

Life is good when we are on the water and Life is Good t-shirts now has a watersports collection that includes windsurfing, paddleboarding and surfing .


For that significant other who is left behind  while you are out playing,

visit Liz at


she creates jewelry made from beach glass found on the shores of lake Erie along with many other gifts

For the rum lover, I recently found  Dos Maderas 5+5 at the local rum store.

This dark rum is a true delight. Get it, sip it, enjoy.       There will be a rum quest review in the near future.


Finally my favorite thing, the wind sup sail.

Casey, Amanda, Gail and I picked these up in the spring and it was easily our most used sail this year.

Nice power (can get a sup board up on plane) and ease of rigging (we left ours rigged all year, just unroll and go) allowed us to get out at a moments notice. A great compliment to our sup boards.

These sail got us out to the waves quickly and are light when wave riding. Perfect for those days when it is to windy too paddle out to the break but not windy enough to windsurf.


Available locally at


Have a safe and Happy Holiday season.