This is to me a cocktail rum, great for mixing up delicious tropical cocktails and tiki drinks, it fits well with from where it comes but of course it can be used in other types of cocktails as well. But me i`m sticking to the tropics!
Interesting is thatÂ KÅloaÂ Rum is not made from molasses but instead itÂ´s made fromÂ crystallized sugar (but it contains molasses – it actually has a high level of molasses in it)Â but that sets it apart from both pure molasses based rums and rhum agricole which is made from sugar cane juice.Â All of the rums are distilled twice inÂ a 1210 gallon copper pot still with a copper column and condenser. TheÂ still was built by Liberty Coppersmiths in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1947 and later refurbished for use in theÂ distillery.
The KÅloaÂ Rum company is very young! they have only made rum since 2009 and have already won no less than 17 awards â€“ most of them at the Rum Renaissance Festival in MiamiÂ and then at theÂ Â San Francisco World Spirits Competition,Â well done!
Kauai, also known as the Garden Island, is whereÂ KÅloaÂ Rum is made and KÅloaÂ rum is a handcrafted single batch rum containing pure mountain watersÂ of Â Mt. Wai`ale`ale, one of the wettest spots on Earth. TheÂ KÅloa plantation was established in 1835 inÂ KÅloa TownÂ and the first harvest which produced two tons of raw sugar was in 1837 and it was around that time that rum production began, so rum does have quite some history on the Hawaiian islands.
There is aÂ Tasting Room & Company Store, located on the grounds of the Historic Kilohana Plantation where visitors can sampleÂ fromÂ the range of rums and purchaseÂ KÅloa rum items and alsoÂ Hawaiian Fruit Specialties and its Kukui Brand which was founded in 1931 by the Tateishi Family as a means of preserving the wild guava, pineapple, lilikoi, and other abundant fruits of Kaua`i.
I was happily surprised when iÂ heard that they were going to feature one of my cocktails that i made in my other post, the Spiced Coconaut on their new bag that soon will be in the shop! i used some of this spiced rum as a float in that drink. I hope i can one day go there and visit them! i have always been dreaming about going to Hawaii…and here is the bag, this is where your purchases from the store goes…
Nose and Taste
The first thing that hits my noseÂ fromÂ the spiced rum isÂ vanilla and cinnamon with clear notes, followed by caramel and spice. In the mouth i taste cinnamon, vanilla, caramel, spice, sugarcane, some oak, quite well balanced and smooth. It would add some real nice spice notes to cocktails, especially if they contain pineapple juice since the strongest flavor is cinnamon.
ItÂ´s sweet but not too sweet, Â itÂ´s spicy but well balanced â€“ and thereÂ´s some hints of roots and also something astringent, i guess thatÂ´s what brings me to roots.
KÅloa Kaua`i Spice is a rich and fragrant rum.
KÅloa Kaua`i Spice in Cocktails
As for cocktails with theÂ KÅloa Spiced Rum, the Spiced Coconaut was as i mentioned earlier really appreciated by the folks at theÂ KÅloa Rum and and they made it to be featured onÂ their cocktail catalogue as well asÂ on their Facebook page and it looked this nice:
The recipe doesn`t call for just the spiced rum, rather itÂ´s used as a float together with KÅloa Kaua`i Dark rum and as such it did very well. Here`s the recipe again:
2 oz Lopez or Coco Real Cream of Coconut
2 oz fresh lime juice
2 ozÂ Kaua`i Dark rum
FloatÂ KÅloa Kaua`i Spice ( about 0.25 oz)
Shake it hard to get the Cream of Coconut well mixed in and strain into a coconut mug with ice cubes and floatÂ KÅloa spiced rum on top.
Garnish with tropical flower and pineapple leaves.
Next tropical cocktail is strong and tall…and deceptive:
Hawaiian Scratch… Â instead of Tropical Itch…
Tiki drinks often have some funny names, the Tropical Itch which is the inspiration for this drink was created by Harry Yee, â€œThe Dean of Hawaiian Bartenders,â€ who is said to have been the first to garnish a drink with an orchid and a paper parasol.
2 ozÂ KÅloa Kaua`i Spice rum
0.5 oz Lost Spirits 151 Cuban Rum
1 oz Bourbon
0.5 oz Ferrand Dry Curacao
6 oz passion fruit juice
1/2 tsp juice from a maraschino cherry jar to top
A couple dashes angostura bitters to top
Squeeze of fresh lime juice (about 1/4th oz)
Garnish pineapple leaves and slice, maraschino cherry, mint
Shake with ice cubes and strain into a tall glass filled with crushed ice, add a half tsp of juice from a maraschino cherry jar and a couple dashes angostura bitters.
Fruity, spicy and quite mild but very yummy…but itÂ´s deceptive – the 151 Cuban will sneak up on you…
Here`s another cocktail for you from Jeff Berry`s Grog Log with the rums switched out for KÅloa Kaua`i Spice and Coconut:
1oz lime juice (or 3/4 of a lime cut into wedges)
1tsp brown sugar
1 dash Angostura bitters
6 mint leaves
1 oz KÅloa Kaua`i Spice rum
2Â oz KÅloa Coconut rum
mint sprig, for garnish
Muddle lime juice or wedges with sugar, bitters, and mint. Add ice and rum, and shake. Strain into a double rocks glass filled with crushed ice. Garnish with mint sprig and spent lime shell.
Cool and not too sweet, spicy, minty and with a hint of coconut.
The spiced rum is funny to play with and is versatile to mix with in a lot of cocktails and tiki drinks, i could do many more but time doesn`t permit…that`ll be another time.
From Hawaii to you withÂ KÅloa rum – Aloha!
See other Koloa Spice rum reviews on RumRatings