A LITTLE UPDATE

Hey everyone!

Sorry I’ve been M.I.A. lately…have been going through some life altering changes which have preoccupied every waking minute these past few months. Can’t say I’m close to seeing the proverbial “light at the end of the tunnel” but when I do, I’ll be sure to reconnect with ya’ll here, Instagram, YouTube and the old Facebook.

Thanks for your continued support and love my fellow rum lovers, I’ll see you all soon! But before I leave again, I just want to bring to your attention this stunning post-WWII era advertisement, The Rumbera. This poster is a symbol of vibrance, elegance and fun… and hopefully who I will morph into after all this dust settles 💃🏻

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PAPA GEDE’S BAR- Tiki Goes Walkabout

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So, last Monday was fun. As part of World Class Cocktail week, Papa Gede’s Bar held a Tiki Goes Walkabout night at their amazing bar! This was the first time I ever set foot in this bar and what a delight it was. But this post is not about the bar itself (that is yet to come), but the amazingly put together tiki classics using nothing but aussie ingredients.

We drank wattle seed Fog Cutters, Rosella syrup Mai Tai’s and my first ever Zombie made with the delicious addition of quandong. ‘What are those!’, I hear you cry! Well, I honestly had not idea myself, but thankfully the awesome duo, Joshua Ng and Ben Ingall spent the time explaining to us what each ingredient was and what it added to our cocktails – Thank you guys for not making us feel like dumb asses when it came to answering our questions.

So, I can tell you are all just dying to know which cocktail I liked the most? Well you’re about to find out but before I get to that, I just want to state that all the cocktails were amazing! Honestly, they were, but I did have an order of preference which I will get to in 3…2…1…

3rd place:

 Mai Tai with Rosella Syrup

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Originally from Africa, Wild Rosella, also known as ‘wild hibiscus’, is now considered native throughout parts of Queensland and northern Australia. Blood red in colour and tart in taste, this plant is an amazingly versatile ingredient, which is known and loved around Australia.

Made with Pampero Anejo rum and Rosella flower syrup, this rum was sweet and delicious. It was a beautiful deep ruby colour (which I imagine is from the rosella syrup itself) and had the soft tones of raspberry and plum. I could not really taste much of the rum itself which was a shame, but that didn’t really upset me too much as it was such a beautiful cocktail to not only drink but to look at.

The only draw back for me was that it was a little too sweet. This is not necessary a bad thing if you like to have just one cocktail… but seeing as I am a more than one cocktail kinda’ gal, the sweetness was just a little too much for me. I still drank it though ;-D

2nd place:

Fog Cutter with wattle seed

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A dietary pillar of Indigenous Australians for over 40,000 years, Wattleseed was traditionally ground and used to make a type of flour. With a nutty, roasted coffee aroma, with touches of sweet spice, raisins and chocolate, this seed is a welcome addition to anything it is added to.

Legend has it, if you are a bit foggy headed, this cocktail will be able to cut right through it. Well, as it was a Monday night and I had been at work all day, I was looking forward to some fog cutting but alas, where there are highs, there are lows, so I was pretty scared as to how I would feel the next day. Like, seriously, this cocktail not only had Ron Zacapa 23 in it, but Tanqueray gin and Cognac. I had every reason to be cautious!

Not to anyone’s surprise, this cocktail was delicious. It was a beautiful mix of sweet and sour with a hint of spice- which I adored. The added element of the roasted wattle seeds on top where also the bizness! If I was not so cautious of a Tuesday hangover, I could have probably gone for three of four more!

I’ll have to keep an eye out for this next time I am looking at a cocktail list!

1st place

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The Zombie with Quandong

These glossy, bright, crimson fruits have been a staple for the Pitjantjatjara people for over 50,000 years. Sweet tasting with a slightly sour and salty aftertaste, this fruit has a mild aroma of dry lentils with some earthy fermented touches.

This was the cocktail I was most scared of. I’ve heard many a tale about the havoc a Zombie can have of a person who is not well rehearsed in the drinkage department. Surely that can’t be legal?

So, what’s in this cocktail? Well, what ain’t in this cocktail is more the question. With equal measures of Pampero Anejo and Pampero Blanco rum, brandy and a dash of absinth (you can see why I was scared), this beast arrived in a hollowed out pineapple with flaming Quandong on top- watch those eye brows!

As expected, this cocktail packed a punch, but in all the right ways. You could taste the rum like a mofo, but their richness, along with the tartness of the Grapefruit and the sweetness of Quandong syrup tied this cocktail together perfectly. Adding to that, the smell the burning Quandong gave off was also to die for! The whole thing was a sensory overload and a great way to end the night!

Thanks for a wonderful night Papa Gede, I will be back soon!

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Papa Gede’s Bar 348 Kent St, Sydney NSW 2000

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GUBBA RUM REVIEW | Kara’s Rum Quest

Who’s ready for another rum review?? This week we have two rums to review all the way from Boston, Gubba Rum! I came across Gubba Rum via Twitter last year and was lucky enough to be sent two samples of their Silver and Gold products to try out.

Does this rum have what it takes to impress little ol’ me? Press play to find out 😉

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NIGEL’S BOOM BOOM SNACK SHACK- British Virgin Island

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Temperatures are hitting above 40° C here in Sydney and I gotta’ admit, I’m struggling. And I don’t mean I am a little sweaty and a little uncomfortable. I mean I am rendered basically useless during this heat! But this got me thinking; out of all the places I visited whilst away recently, where would I like to spend this scorcher of a day? Without any hesitation, I’ve got to say I would love to be back at Nigel’s Snack Shack at Smuggler’s Cove! Now let’s get this straight, I am not a beach person, a sun person, a heat person or an insect person… and this place pretty much has it all… but I still love it! Nigel’s Snack Shack at Smuggler’s Cove was honestly, by far, the highlight of my amazing trip around the Caribbean.

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Nigel’s Snack Shack is in no way fancy (pretty far from it to be honest), BUT what this place lacks in glitz and glamour is made up by the amount of love and heart that is bursting from it.

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Nigel is pretty much, a one-man band. When he is not serving people drinks he is cooking up the most amazing grub on his simple two burner BBQ. This guy does not miss a beat. He makes sure you have nibbles while you wait, and has some amazing stories to tell whilst he does all of the above.

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This guy also has no interest in using a jigger when he is pouring his drinks. He free pours – which is either super amazing or super dangerous depending how you look at it. When you ask for a dark n’ stormy, be prepared for pretty much a glass full of Gosling Rum and a splash of Caribbean ginger beer on top. Nigel is also very keen to do a Belly Bumper shot (which was a shot of Fireball Cinnamon Whisky) with visitors he likes. Not everyone get’s one, but you know you are in his good books when he breaks out the shot glasses- let’s just say, snorkelling was a million times more fun after I finished up my lunch here.

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I got talking to Nigel about how his snack shack came about. Growing up on the island, Nigel began his career hiring out beach supplies to visitors along with refreshing drinks from his esky. Smuggler’s Cove is a beach is in the middle of nowhere, so this would have been a very welcomed treat for it’s visitors. Nigel put the money he saved towards making a little snack shack for the beach, a little bar that sells cold beverages and authentic Caribbean food for all it’s visitors. Sadly Nigel’s presence has attracted some unwanted attention from BVI holiday homebuyers around Smuggles Cove. They claim that Nigel’s business was illegal and is making the island look bad! To me, they are making the island look bad. People flock to Smuggles Cove just to see Nigel. And those who know nothing about him fall in love with him as soon as they meet him.

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Considering the constant battles Nigel faces with BVI holiday homebuyers, Nigel is the most amiable person I have ever met. I wish I could take a leaf out of his book as I would not be handling his situation as gracious as he is.

Visit Nigel’s Snack Shack, you will not be disappointed.

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PUSSER’S BRITISH NAVY RUM REVIEW- British Virgin Island

You can’t go anywhere in the British Virgin Islands without spotting Pussers British Navy Rum being sold behind every bar you step in to. So it would seem only right to spend the evening in one of Pusser’s official pubs when we landed in Road Town, British Virgin Islands.

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Overlooking Baughers bay, this pub is in prime position for all cruise shippers and boaties docking in Road Town. But this pub is not just for visitors, (even though it looks like something made specifically for us) it is also a meeting place for Road Town locals later on in the evenings.

When you walk in, you feel like you are stepping into an old Victorian tavern – Disney land style. Complete with a deep mahogany infostructure, a cluttered assembly of navy portraits, bric-a-brac’s hanging from the ceiling and Pusser’s branded pewter mugs everywhere… this old English pub seems a little out of place here in Road Town, but the novelty was not lost on me.

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Pusser’s Rum was first introduced to the Great Britain’s Royal Navy in 1655 as a substitute for beer. The Navy supplied its crew a daily “tot” of Pusser’s Rum for well over 300 years – and always double downed before battle and after victory! With such rich history, I was pretty excited to try Pusser’s Rum in all it’s cocktail based forms. So here is what I have to report:

  • Pusser’s Rum PunchA delightful blend of Pusser’s Rum, tropical juices, grenadine, Angostura Bitters and grated cinnamon.

This was the first Pusser’s cocktail I had in the BVI. Really nice and fruity but incredibly deceiving- you will get very drunk after just one. Sadly, I could not taste much of the rum itself in this cocktail- but I could feel it 😉 As a drink in itself, I would give this a 9/10. You really can’t go wrong with a rum punch in my eyes. 8/10

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  • Pusser’s Painkiller®Pusser’s Rum with pineapple and orange juice, cream of coconut and fresh grated nutmeg on top.

The Pusser’s painkiller is a pretty iconic cocktail in the BVI. It is usually the first listed on the drinks menu and the first people recommend you try. So I did… and I didn’t like it. It tasted like a really strong Pina Colada on the rocks, and that just doesn’t do anything for me to be honest. I am not a fan of super creamy beverages, so it is not surprising I did not enjoy this cocktail. 1/10

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  • Caribbean MargaritaA classic cocktail with a Caribbean twist. Pusser’s Rum, Cherry Heering, Jose Cuervo Margarita, Mix 2-3 dashes of Angostura Bitters. Blended with ice or on the rocks.

I had a serious hankering for a Margarita the day I ordered this and was a little let down by what I got. Now I know Margarita’s are typically made with tequila and what I ordered was a rum based one so it was bound to taste different. But what I got looked nothing like the photo on the menu and what I got was not drinkable! Sadly I had to throw it away in the end. The weird thing is, I have no issues with anything that is stated to be in this cocktail. I am used to these ingredients and enjoy them in other cocktails. So sadly, I am blaming the Pusser’s Rum for this heinous crime against cocktails! 1/10

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  • Classic rum and cokePusser’s (Blue Label) Rum, Coca Cola and lime.

If all else fails, stick to what I know and love. A good old-fashioned rum’n’coke. To be honest, nothing was overly offensive about this. It just tasted like a rum and coke, with a little bit of a heat to it. All in all, it was pretty standard. 5/10

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Honestly, I don’t think I will be running back to Pusser’s rum. I didn’t get much from it in smell or flavour. I would liken it to Bundaberg UP- without the afterburn. So if you are a fan of Bundy UP, you may very well enjoy this rum. Sadly, it just wasn’t for me… which is a shame as it was bloody everywhere!

 

“The only way to drink a tot [navy rum] is to swallow it whole, grimace, and sit down to appreciate the glow which spreads from the stomach and engenders that wonderful feeling of peace and bohomie”

– Nelson’s Blood by James Pack.

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MOJITO’S AND CUBANOS, OH MY!

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Along with drinking Miami dry, I was also on a mission to consume all of the Cubano Sandwiches I could find! So the first free day we had in Miami, Al and I headed straight to Havana 1957 Cuban Cuisine (a new chain of Cuban restaurants) and grabbed a seat outside. This place is full of character: beautiful music playing in the background, vintage Cuban photographs dotted around the place and above all, super-friendly staff.

Drink

I ordered the Ultimate Mojito. You are able to select which rum you would like in your mojito, so I chose Don Q Anejo rum. From here it is mixed with sugar cane and Yerba Buena. This cocktail was amazing! Don Q Anejo is really light with nice almond, honey and caramel tones; which I loved. I also tried the Zacapa 23 option but I found that Don Q Anejo went down a lot smoother 😉

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Variety of rums

There is an abundance of rum options here! Rum lovers will have a ball with all the varieties they have on offer! I would post them all here but it will literally take up all of the page… so here is a terrible, unedited video:

Food

I ordered the Cubano for $14.50 US. Ham, cheese, roasted pork, pickles, and mustard on Cuban bread, comfort food at it’s best. I was a little taken back by how much this sarnie cost (around $20 AUS) but when I saw this bad boy, I could see why it cost so much… it was HUGE!!! Honestly, I could only eat about half of it because it was so gigantic! It was tasty though, I just hated leaving so much waste at the end.

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Price

Havana 1957 Cuban Cuisine is a little on the expensive size, which was the only downside. I think I would have preferred if they served smaller portions and charged less to be honest. Saying that, if you are planning on visiting, you will find Havana 1957 Cuban Cuisine on 405 Espanola Way, Miami Beach, Florida. If not, do not fear as I will be posting a video of my experience here soon 🙂

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BROKEN SHAKER- Miami Beach

Broken Shaker is another highlight from my trip to Miami! Owned by the ever popular Freehand group, this bar is situated in the middle of one of Miami Beach’s most famous 1930s Art Deco buildings, Indian Creek Hotel.

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Although the bar itself is on the small side, outside there’s an abundance of space in their beautiful out-door courtyard: fairy lights, lush trees, mismatched garden furniture dotted around their key feature, an outdoor swimming pool. This is definitely a place where all the beautiful people of Miami hang out every day of the week… as well as all of the drug dealers- so very Miami 😉

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When we arrived, we didn’t waste any time. We squeezed our way to the front of the bar, ordered two Cuba Libre’s and proceeded to the pool area where we people watched and attempted to guess who was a drug dealer and who wasn’t.

Broken Shaker’s Cuba Libre consisted of house spiced Bacardi Gold Rum with homemade Cola and Bittercube Jamaica #1 bitters. Although the Cuba Libre was nice and refreshing, it did taste very watered down. Bacardi Gold Rum is pretty flavoursome as is Bittercube Jamaican #1 bitters, so I could only put this watered-down-ness to the homemade cola or my let lag 🙁

Either way, I really enjoyed my time at Broken Shaker. I would go back and I would encourage you all to go there if you ever find yourself in South Beach Miami- just don’t jump in the pool at 2am as you will get kicked out 😀

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Address2727 Indian Creek Dr, Miami Beach, FL 33140, USA

 

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SWEET LIBERTY- Miami Beach

If you ever find yourself looking for a refreshing tipple around Miami Beach, I beg you to get your butt over to Sweet Liberty! Just to clarify, this is not a paid feature; I just bloody loved it there. Exposed brickwork, retro leather diner booth seats, tropical wallpaper and a shrine of booze from floor to ceiling behind the bar. This place consists of everything I could have ever wanted from Miami!

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We arrived during Sweet Liberty’s happy hour. I ordered a Classic Daiquiri for just $5, which is pretty much a steal in Miami! A healthy dose of Platino Atlantico Rum, lime and sugar syrup is all they use for this cocktail. This simple mixture resulted in a wonderfully smooth, clean, citrusy cocktail with a little bite.

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For me, this bar is pretty much the only bar in Miami Beach that I would recommend friends to go visit. Seriously, Miami Beach’s bar life could learn a thing or two from this place: amazing service, amazing drinks and an amazing space.

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Thank you Sweet Liberty!

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Address237 20th St B, Miami Beach, FL 33139, USA

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CALLWOOD RUM DISTILLERY- BVI

Never in my life did I think I’d be stepping into the Caribbean’s oldest operating rum distillery… and yet, here I stand on the grounds of Arundel Estate in the ever-so enchanting, Callwood Rum Distillery.

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Situated in a tiny limestone building, nestled away from the main drag of Cane Garden Bay in Tortola, this little distillery has a very important role in preserving the island’s heritage. Dating back over 400 years old, this is not only the oldest but also the only working rum distillery operating here in Tortola, BVI.

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Unlike most Caribbean rums, Callwood Rum Distillery distills their rum from pure cane juice- not molasses like we are generally used to in this big ol’ rum world of ours. Their process begins when cane (grown from their property) is cut and put through a pressing mill. The sugar cane juices are extracted, flow through receivers into a large iron cauldron and then boiled on a fire until it reaches a temperature where alcohol is produced.  It is then run through a coiled cooling system and finally stored in their oak barrels (which are burnt on the inside) till it ages to the desired effect.

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For just $2 US dollars, we were poured a shot of all four of their rums: the white rum, the golden rum, the 10-year aged rum, and one classily names one called the “Panty Dropper.” The white rum is the equivalent of a Bacardi white rum… more of a mixer than a sipper sorta’ deal. The golden rum was our favourite, as was the 10- year aged rum. Super smooth, no after burn and full of individuality. And lastly, the so-called “Panty Dropper”; a rum geared more for the ladies due to it being easy to drink. Although it was indeed easy drinking due to all the sweetener added to it, simply based on the guy’s description alone “this rum guarantees to get the ladies in your bed…” this rum get’s a huge thumbs down from me.

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Rum lovers and globe trotters should add Callwood Rum Distillery to their list of places to check out. It was one of the highlights of my trip around the British Virgin Islands and well worth the visit for the history alone.

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EL DORADO 21 YEAR OLD REVIEW

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So here we are, the last bottle of my El Dorado rum trilogy. So far, this little box of samples has left me enlightened yet rather perplexed. You see, I always assumed the older a rum gets in age, the better it is. Well that is not the case for ol’, El Dorado here. In my eyes, 12 Year Old gets a much higher vote on the taste scale then old mate, 15 Year Old. So how will 21 Year Old compare… well let’s find out, shall we 🙂

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Appearance: As to be expected; looks like a standard aged rum: golden brown in colour and wet to the touch.

Aroma: The aroma is pretty citrusy to be honest. Alongside the smell of dates and brown sugar, there is a very distinguished orangey smell that stands out the most to me.

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Taste: As I took my first sip, I was instantly hit with the most incredibly warming sensation. Dried fruit, toffee, brown sugar and spices made for a wonderful, sweet experience. The after-burn was nowhere in sight and that made me happier than you could ever imagine. For a slight moment, I even contemplated whether El Dorado 12 Year Old had met it’s match. That was until the orange peel taste set in, resulting  in an overwhelming dry finish. This is not always a bad thing, in-fact I’ve had a few dry rums in the past that I have rather enjoyed. I guess the sweet smell this rum has gave the impression that it would have a pretty silky smooth finish. Either way, it is very good up until that point.

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Conclusion:  Out of all three of these rums, El Dorado 21 Year Old sits happily at second place for me.El Dorado 12 Year Old comes first due to it’s sweet and smooth nature. El Dorado 15 Year Old comes last due to it’s overall bitterness.

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