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Old 01-06-2008, 12:20 PM   #1
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Default St Vincent Extra Gold Rum

I just learned that half of the last cases of St Vincent Extra Gold Rum that were imported to the US will be on the shelves at BevMo in the next few days. This rum was originally imported by West Indies Spirits in about 1999 but unfortunately that company is no longer importing this rum. Rum from St Vincent is now being imported by another company but that company didn't see a market for this aged gold rum.

In St Vincent this rum was bottled as Captain Bligh and was one of the rums that inspired me to write my first book. This was just one of the treasures I discovered that was literally unknown, even in St Vincent and the Grenadines. The label was changed for import to the US because the original label didn't look very professional and there were concerns about negative connotations about the infamous Captain.

This rum isn't listed on the BevMo site, but since the number of cases is limited it may never be listed there. But if you go to one of their stores and ask for it, they should see this rum in their system. The UPC code is
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Old 01-06-2008, 03:42 PM   #2
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Is? IS? What a cruel tease!! :P

Wish I had known about this yesterday. I was in BevMo last night!
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Old 01-06-2008, 06:59 PM   #3
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I have a bottle of this rum, and it is wonderful. A friend who visited St. Vincent brought it back for me. I would buy another immediately, except BevMo does not ship to Florida. For those of you with access, I suggest a purchase, if the price is fair. If one found its way into your possession that you do not want, I would be willing to pay for the bottle and shipping, or trade if possible............
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Old 01-06-2008, 08:33 PM   #5
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Wish I had known about this yesterday. I was in BevMo last night!
Not so, my rum guzzling friends. They didn't have this last night, it may take a few days for shipping, stocking etc. As a smarter man than me once said, "Rum wasn't built in a day."
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Ain't that the truth!!!
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I have Captain Bligh Rhum Paille and find it quite interesting. It's the favorite rum in St. Vincent among tourists at 80 proof. The smooth flavor of the used bourbon barrels is evident.

The locals prefer the very strong rum at 169 proof.
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Default Sunset Gold

Last year, I bought a bottle of the Sunset Gold at the Beverage Warehouse in LA, CA just to try it. I was pleasantly surprised by its smoothness and genuine taste attesting to the lack of caramel to achieve its color. I went back and got the other 3 bottles which they had in stock. I've drunk this rum neat or on the rocks on many occasions. It makes a very slick substitute for any tiki drink calling for a gold rum. It has a strong enough character to hold its own in any drink which I have shaken. I will be looking forward to the new source, Ed!
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My Bottle is the Captain Bligh Gold Rum/Rum Paille also. Very versatile,
can be sippied neat, on the rocks, and works well in cocktails.
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I have Captain Bligh Rhum Paille and find it quite interesting. It's the favorite rum in St. Vincent among tourists at 80 proof. The smooth flavor of the used bourbon barrels is evident.

The locals prefer the very strong rum at 169 proof.
Captain Bligh Rhum Paille is a new one to me. I've drunk Captain Bligh Golden Rum but have yet to see seen Rhum Paille, is this a new product?

I'm surprised a distillery on St Vincent would use the French spelling for RUM. The reference to Paille is interested and may be an attempt to generate more interest in their rum from the French.

Paille means 'straw' in French. The word was used by a number of Martinique distilleries for their straw-colored rums. St James had trademarked the name Rhum Paille, and all of the other distillers changed their name to things like 'Amber' and 'Élevé Sous Bois.' Today even St James doesn't use the word 'Paille' on their label.

I guess this means I've been working too hard instead of sailing and drinking rum in the islands.
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