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Old 12-28-2009, 05:58 PM   #1
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Default Happy Holidaze !--Any opinions re Angostura Royal Oak (aka 'Siegert's Bouquet') ?

I am very curious whether the experts feel that the current Angostura
Royal Oak truly is the closest replicant of their older brand (60's-70's) of
Siegert's Bouquet. ( A thread from 2002 on another website --by an Angostura rep-- claimed this). I came across this name in the Revised edition of TV's Bar guide. He must of thought it was somewhat special--there are at least two featured cocktails that specify this particular brand (and the guide rarely describes specific brands of spirits)--the 'Siegert's Bouquet Cocktail' and (tellingly, ) the 'Trader Vic Cocktail'.

Perhaps TV liked this brand because it was a good value--indeed (my new favorite 'packie'), Ace Beverages in DC sells Royal Oak at around $16.00/750ml--this seems like a good deal for an aged rum (3-6 yrs, per The Ministry).

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Old 12-28-2009, 06:10 PM   #2
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The Royal Oak you can buy today is about as close as you are going to get to the old Siegert's Bouquet. The SB was a bit heavier as I recall. I only had a chance to have a couple of sips about ten years ago but thought that it was slightly heavier than the Royal Oak that I could drink at the time.

I haven't had any Royal Oak in some time but at $17 for 750ml I would definitely buy a bottle to try and go back for more if it was similar to what I used to drink in Trinidad.
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Ed, thanks for the quick reply ! Now I just need a chance to get into DC.
(I am planning on also buying some Plymouth sloe gin at Ace....)

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Please say hello to Joe for me and let me know what you think of the Royal Oak. It is what I would call a light-bodied rum with a smooth finish with a hint of smoky oak in the finish.
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