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Sunday, June 24, 2012

Rum Dinner on Thursday, June 28th

Saludos Rum Bums! Join us to celebrate our recent crowning of Don Q as our house rum. On Thursday, June 28th at 8pm, we will host a rum dinner that will feature a five-course meal accompanied by five courses of Don Q rum (and a surprise cocktail). Our very special guests will include Don Q representatives Esteban Ordo├▒ez, D'Shawn Jackson and Barclay Webster, who will be flying in from the three other corners of the globe. 

We are limiting this dinner to 40 people (10 tickets have already been sold). Tickets are just $45 and can be purchased in advance at La Isla. We hope to see you on Thursday night!!

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

May 2012 recap ~ Islands, islands, and more islands...

Sometimes, rum tasting is as much a lesson in geography as it is an exercise of indulging the palate. In May, the Rum Bums got a taste of three island spirits. Alfonso and Hernan were manning the kitchen and served up delicious Caribbean-style dishes. 
Our first round of the night was a taste of Cruzan Estate Diamond 5-year rum from St. Croix. Cruzan prides itself on using virgin rainwater to cut this blend of 5 to 10-year rums that are aged in a single oak barrel. This rum smelled as sweet as brown sugar and had a lingering, spicy finish. The Cruzan 5-year was accompanied by crab and sweet plantain patties, served with a garlic-infused cream sauce and mango salsa. 
Up second was Scarlet Ibis rum from Trinidad & Tobago. A blend of 3 to 5-year rums, Scarlet Ibis is distilled in copper pots and aged in small white oak barrels.  This rum came across to me as a sweet cherry flavor with a fiery finish. The food pairing for this spirit was a plantain and cod croquette (somewhat reminiscent of a crab cake) served with a tangy cream sauce and slice of lime.   
The final taste of the evening was Sea Wynde rum. Sea Wynde is a unique blend as it marries rums from both Jamaica and Guyana. The rum is produced using a traditional pot distilling method and bottled in small batches. it is smokey yet sweet with hints of vanilla. Sea Wynde is offered on the La Isla whisky flight - which is a great way to taste it if you weren’t able to make it to rum club! We finished the food pairings with a decadent summertime treat featuring mojito gelato topped with a breaded sweet potato croquette. 
Stay tuned for details regarding our special rum dinner in June which will feature Don Q rum.