LESSON LEARNT

No matter the time or the occasion, my husband and I always head to Doris & Beryl’s for a cheeky nightcap or two. Doris & Beryl’s is a small bar situated near the end of South Kings Street, Newtown. You won’t find many seats here but what they lack in seats that make up in amazing service, beautiful brick-a-bracs around the bar and a hefty cocktail list. This place is a hidden little gem that I hope stays hidden for a little bit longer as I rather enjoy having this place to ourselves.

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My usual at Doris & Beryl’s is Bacardi Superior White Rum whizzed up with a fresh green apple. Simple, fresh and dangerously moreish. Alas, on this occasion, I steered a little off course and I ordered my usual with a splash of Ron Zacapa Centenario 23 Rum.

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On looks alone, I must admit, it is not the most appealing. When I order my usual with Barcardi Superior, my drink turns up with a bright slightly neon green colour yet with Ron Zacapa it turned up looking a bit like swamp water- not the greatest look but totally understandable seeing as it is a dark rum.

Taste wise; this cocktail was a no no. No fault of the rum itself, it just was not the type of rum that should be mixed with apple… or anything else in my eyes. This is a beautiful rum, rich in body and bountiful of flavours by itself. It is a stand alone rum that deserves its own platform without being dressed up with a mixer. Intense, flavoursome and smooth, everything you could really want in a rum.
So, although my cocktail may not have turned up how I wanted, what I learnt from that mistake is a lesson learnt. I will definitely be ordering my usual Barcardi and apple the next time I am out, but I can see myself also ordering myself Ron Zacapa Centenario 23 on ice also to finish my night off nicely.

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BUNDY BURN!

I’ve never been a big fan of Bundaberg rum, I always found it a little too harsh for me personally and way too over powering in a mixer, but seeing as I was in Noosa for this years Food and Wine Festival, I decided to give some of the newer releases of Bundaberg rum a go.

First up: Bundaberg Rum, Small Batch

Description from: www.bundabergrum.com.au

Small Batch has been handcrafted for rum connoisseurs with every drop a testament to the craftsmanship that has gone into the maturing of every small batch.  Double distilled, matured with care and only released when the timing is right. This exquisite rum has been crafted by blending the finest Bundaberg Rum with some of the richest 8 year old reserves matured in 100 year old Port Barrels.  Complex rum with exceptional fruit flavours and the perfect balance of rich caramel and oak.

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I’ve got to say, I was actually pleasantly surprised with this rum. For my first glass I did not add any ice to the rum as I wanted to see how quickly the Bundy burn would disperse. By my third sip the Bundy burn was completely gone and I could taste all the wonderful fruity flavours it had to give- the honey and vanilla really stuck out most to me.

Compared to the original, this is far more pleasing to my palette. I could definitely see myself having a glass or two of this whilst out- mixing it with ginger beer could also be a winner!

Although it is a little more expensive than your average spiced rum ($65), I personally think you get your monies worth. Not only will it leave you wanting more, but you will also want to share it with your friends as an after dinner tipple.

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Second up: Bundaberg Tropic, Mango & Passion fruit

Description from: www.bundabergrum.com.au

At the Bundaberg Distilling Company we know a thing or two about spirit and delicious tropical fruit flavours. With the Tropic of Capricorn running through the heart of Queensland at 23.5 degrees, we also know how to have fun whilst the sun is over our heads.

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I personally loved this! I crushed up some ice, threw in a slug of Tropics and had my head blown cleanly off. Fresh, sweet and refreshing… everything I want in a rum. I could actually see myself reaching for this during a Sydney heat wave.

This could be a little sweet for those who are not too keen on sweet drinks, but due to me having a sweet tooth, I found this to be delicious.

On the back of the bottle it suggests mixing it with lemonade, I personally think this would not really benefit it at all. It already has so much flavour and you wouldn’t want that to get lost under your mixer.  That being said, I could be dead wrong. Please let me know if you have tried Bundaberg Tropic with the mixer suggestions,  what was your favorite concoction of choice and i’ll give it a go.

Priced at $35, I think this is very affordable for a 700ml bottle of summer rum. It has got my vote!

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Based on just these two drinks, my view of Bundaberg Rum has changed for the better. A week ago, you would not have caught me saying anything of the sort but I can honestly say that I will no longer talk ill of Bundy Rum from now on… just don’t mix my coke with Bundaberg Rum Original ;-D

 

 

AND SO IT BEGINS

Screen Shot 2016-05-17 at 11.28.40 amI am a very keen traveller, and this year I am lucky enough to be able to travel to five amazing places for my rum quest!

On the 19th of May, I will be flying to Noosa Heads, a town located on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland. Here I will spend 4 days eating all of the food and drinking all of the drinks until my heart’s content. I am very excited about this trip to Noosa as Queensland is the home of the infamous Bunderberg Rum! If I was there longer I would have dropped by the Bundaberg Distillery, but I guess it’s a good excuse to come back again 😀

In December, I’ll be stopping over in Miami for a day or two. If at all possible, I really want to try and get to Miami Club Rum – Miami’s first rum distillery. Again, this all depends on how long I have there sadly, but I’ll try my darndest.

From Miami, I’ll be spending my Christmas holiday hopping around the British Virgin Islands in the Caribbean. From there I will be spending New Years around the US Virgin Islands. I am extremely excited about this due to it being the home of my favourite rum, Sailor Jerry Spiced Navy Rum. Nom nom nom nom!

January will take me back to my home land, the UK. Along with catching up with family and friends, I really want to head to the East London Liquor Company to see what London has to offer to the rum world. 

If you have any suggestions on the types of rum I should try whilst I am away, please feel free to send me a message or comment below.

Kara x

THE QUEST

cropped-10557416_10154793466660217_8306244977505247930_n.jpgThose who know me in real life refer to me as, The Pirate. As much as that name represents me and my love for rum, my name is actually Kara.

I have set up this blog in an attempt to document my quest for the best rums around the world (according to me).

When it comes to rum, I am pretty much a Sailor Jerry’s kinda’ gal. I do not venture very far from the sweet caramel grasp of my old faithful… much to the annoyance of my friends and many bartenders. But now I am ready to move on, I am ready to throw myself into the wonderful world of rum and be as open-minded as possible.

I will be writing, filming and photographing my worldwide rum adventures and posting them here as well as on my twitter and YouTube page. I hope you will join me on my quest and please feel free to send me your rum recommendations for me to test out.

Kara x