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Rum Review: Maui Reserve Gold Rum (Maui)

Written by Tatu Kaarlas   
Friday, 24 September 2010 17:54

Maui Reserve Gold RumMaui Reserve Gold Rum is the last of the four Maui rums and it has been aged for over a year in American Oak Casks (Jim Beam) as it says on the black label in gold lettering.

There is also a smaller label near the bottom of the bottle that has hand written cask and bottle numbers and the signature of the Master Distiller and this is something I always appreciate to see in any spirits bottles.

Furthermore, I have been fortunate enough to have a bottle of rum drawn from Cask Number One, which makes it quite a collectors item indeed.


Oliver & Oliver. The History

Written by Pavol Kažimir   
Thursday, 16 September 2010 23:28


Article courtesy of Pavol Kažimir of www.dominicanrums.com


Recently, a document from Oliver & Oliver got into my hands. It contains some interesting company information and I am looking forward to share this knowledge with you.


Thanks to Orlando, Maria and Kierstin for translation and correction help. Starting with history.




Pedro Ramón López Oliver


Rum Review: Maui Dark Rum (Maui)

Written by Tatu Kaarlas   
Thursday, 16 September 2010 15:22

Maui Dark RumI first tried Maui Dark rum at the UK RumFest 2008 at a tasting seminar by Paul Artrip and as I recall it had a plethora of rich aromas and flavours that I immediately wanted to experience again.


I even managed to grab a bottle of the stuff for later tasting, cheers Paul!

This particular bottle spent a lot of time on the shelf before I decided to crack it open for this review.


Needless to say I was eager to re-experience my initial impressions of the rum but often the second experience will not be quite the same, especially after such a long time having not tasted it.


Oliver & Oliver - A Tour and Tasting of Cuban Tradition

Written by Pavol Kažimir   
Wednesday, 15 September 2010 22:06


Article courtesy of Pavol Kažimir, www.dominicanrums.com


Oliver & OliverEverything started when i discovered the Vizcaya rum about a month ago.


I contacted the company right away and asked if there is a possibility of visiting their rum facility. Nancy de Blanck, the sales and export manager of the company without any hesitation agreed to my proposal. 10 emails, 2 phone calls and two weeks later I was there...

I decided to go there with Ramon the bartender from Hilton bar "Sol y sombra" who has a good knowledge about spirits, Kierstin our official DRA group photographer (good job) and Maria the beginning rum enthusiast.


Upon our arrival we were greeted by Ivette de Blanck, the head of the factory. She kindly took us to our first stop during this tour. The aging facility.


Rum Review: Maui Gold Rum (Maui)

Written by Tatu Kaarlas   
Wednesday, 15 September 2010 19:03

Maui Gold RumAll Maui Rums, as explained in the previous Maui rum review, begin with the same fermented molasses base distilled into high proof spirit, used in all Haleakala Distillers rum products and aged in Jim Beam barrels for less than a year with the exception of the Maui Gold Reserve rum.

Exactly how long each individual rum spends in the barrel is not revealed, nor are any other techniques that might have been used to create a slightly different kind of rum.


Caramel colouring is used only to keep the colour consistent from batch to batch.


Maui Gold Rum, like Maui Platinum Rum, comes in a simple bottle with a colourful lei around its neck, the only exception between the two being a shiny gold coloured labelling.


Rum Review: Maui Platinum Rum (Maui)

Written by Tatu Kaarlas   
Saturday, 11 September 2010 21:00

Maui Platinum RumMaui, the second largest island in Hawaii measuring 1883.5 square kilometres, has a variety of landscapes ranging from the arid volcanic terrain to lush jungles and has equally diverse climatic conditions.

Maui also happens to be the largest sugarcane producer in Hawaii, and of course we all know what that means – RUM!


Maui Rum is handcrafted by the master distiller Jim Sargent or Braddah Kimo at Haleakala Distillers from locally grown long maturity sugarcane that takes up to two years to grow to a height of sometimes over 3.6 meters.

The family owned distillery, where Maui Rum is produced is located on the Haleakala Ranch, which is a 30,000 acre cattle ranch established in 1888. The distillery itself opened in 2003 producing rums from Maui molasses and is a joint venture with the ranch.


Shackleton's Vintage Whisky Exposes Secret Tippler on Antarctic Expedition

Written by News.com.au   
Thursday, 09 September 2010 16:26

Antarctic Whisky

EXPERTS believe they have uncovered a secret drinker on Sir Ernest Shackleton's polar expedition after opening a crate of whisky buried under Antarctic ice for 100 years. The whisky, bottled for the renowned British explorer's 1907 expedition, was excavated from beneath his Antarctic hut earlier this year and taken to Canterbury Museum in Christchurch, New Zealand.


The Mackinlay's whisky crate was frozen solid but the minus 30 degrees Celsius (-22F) temperature was not enough to freeze the liquid. The crate has been painstakingly thawed in controlled conditions over the past few weeks and was opened Friday to reveal only 11 bottles of Scotch, carefully wrapped in paper and straw for protection.

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