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Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Celebrate Earth Day at La Isla Seattle!

Earth Day - La Isla Seattle


La Isla Earth Day - We're opening up our doors to promote Earth Day awareness! Join La Isla Seattle and DonQ Rum Monday, April 22nd from 7-10pm for delicious Earth Day Mojitos, food specials, and a raffle. A portion of proceeds from the event will go to Puget Soundkeeper Alliance (PSA), who takes action against water pollution in our beloved Puget Sound. Get to know PSA, whose staff will be on site to spread their mission of conservation!

Tickets are $20, you can purchase them when you arrive!  

Don't feel like driving? Well check it out!
FREE UBER Towncar rides for new users, complements of La Isla

Check out our full list of our raffle items, learn more about your Uber ride, and find all the event details here. Thanks to our sponsors: Puget Soundkeeper Alliance, DonQ Rum, Uber, Caliche, Green Drinks.  

Monday, April 1, 2013

La Isla Rum Club - Dzama Rhum


  Dzama Rhum - Rum Club

La Isla Rum Club March - For this month’s Rum Club, we were fortunate to get to taste a variety of Dzama’s brilliant collection, starting with the citrusy Cuvée Blanche, then moving through the darker rums. Andrew Christianson, a very informative Dzama representative was there answering questions and even helped serve rum tasters and food.

Dzama is an exotic African Rum which we enjoyed with some delicious food  prepared by our own Chef Lee. As usual, Lee worked to incorporate traditional ingredients of the region from which the rum is produced into each dish. Dzama is from a small island off the coast of Madagascar, ironically named Nosy Be, which means big island!

Dzama Rhum; (Left to right) Cuvée Blanche, Nosy Be Amber 104 Prestige, Cuvée Noire, Amber Cuvée Noire Prestige
It is common in rum production to use already used whiskey barrels for aging rum, which is why you can often pick up hints of bourbon in rum. It is also common in rum production to enhance flavor by adding fruit and spices to the rum directly. We learned that Dzama is unique in that they do not infuse their rum directly, but by soaking their wood barrels in citrus or vanilla bean water, and then letting the infused wood impart flavor into the rum during the aging process. With the darker rums, Dzama uses vanilla infused wood, which they re-cask, meaning the barrels are reused for aging, allowing each batch to have different levels of boldness. The first with strong notes of vanilla, and each batch that follows more mellow.

Alfonso entertaining some guests
Guests taking notes on Dzama's unique flavor
Spinach salad w mango dressing & garlic crostini
Tripleta: ham, pernil & cube steak sandwich w swiss & mayo ketchup
Romazavu: beef, pork & chicken stew w a thick tomato & sofrito base
Deep fried banana & vanilla icecream

Mark you calendars Rum Bums, April 30th is our next Rum Club! A big thank you to Andrew and Dzama Rhum, and everyone who came out Tuesday night. To view the full photo gallery, visit our facebook photo album!

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

La Isla Rum Club - Angostura Rum


  Angostura - Rum Club

Some fellow Rum Bums
La Isla Rum Club February - Hey friends! What an amazing Rum Club that was. We got together last Tuesday night with all of our Rum Bums to celebrate good food, good friends and great rum! We featured Angosura Caribbean Rum served aside some tasty Puerto Rican dishes prepared by Chef Lee.

Some fellow Rum Bums
Angostura is an award winning Trinidadian rum proud to be made on one island from one distillery. Their master distiller, John has been a key player in the Rum industry, fine tuning his distilling skills for over a quarter century! He is responsible for their multi-award winning Angostura International Rum Collection which we got to taste.

Angostura: (left to right) 1824, 1919, 7 Year Old, Reserva
There were a few varieties of Angostura in rotation. The first was the 7 Year Old, which has a rich full-bodied taste of maple, chocolate, honey and toffee. Next was Reserva, a rum with a rich and warm flavour of vanilla but a finish that is incredibly smooth. Last and most interesting was the 1824 and 1919. With hints of chocolate, honey and almond butter the 1919 is aged in charred casks of rum salvaged from a great fire! We also learned that the 1824 is aged in charred American oak bourbon barrels for a minimum of twelve years before hand blended and re-casked.

Cameron doing what he does best!
Chef Lee prepared some incredible Puerto Rican dishes, starting with carrot & potato croquettes stuffed with carne molida (ground beef). Following that we had pelau, which are chicken thighs, pigeon peas with carrot & rice! Last but not least was the desert. Lee put out some tierritas, which are ground chocolate cookies covering a thick vanilla pudding. Yum!

Carrot & potato croquettes stuffed with carne molida
Pelau: Chicken thighs, pigeon peas with carrot & rice
Tierritas: Ground chocolate cookies covering a thick vanilla pudding
 Thank you so much for those who joined us Tuesday. It was great to have everyone and we will see you next Rum Club on March 26th. To view the full photo gallery, visit our facebook photo album!

Monday, February 4, 2013

La Isla Rum Club - Old Monk Rum


 Old Monk - Rum Club

La Isla Rum Club
Alfonso chatting it up!
La Isla Rum Club January - Well, that was fun. It was a packed house Tuesday night for our monthly Rum Club, with by far the largest turnout we have ever seen. What better time to have so many patrons and rum lovers join us than for Old Monk Indian dark rum, our featured rum this month. 
La Isla - Old Monk Rum
Old Monk: Premium (Left) XXX (Center) Reserve (Right)
Old Monk is aged for a MINIMUM of 7 years, and is known for its pronounced vanilla flavor. After a good conversation with our friend John Ueding, the Old Monk spirit representative, the rum gets its caramel/butterscotch/coconut flavor from the American oak barrels it is vatted in, and oh how it went down smoothly!
La Isla - Rum Club
Old Monk Spirit Rep John Ueding
There were three varieties of Old Monk tasters (XXX 7 yr, Reserve 12 yr, and Supreme 18 yr) to go aside our delicious Puerto Rican dishes, made from scratch by our wonderful Chef Lee. To better accompany this Indian-made rum, Chef Lee incorporated a nice fusion of sofrito and curry into the chicken marinade tying the flavors together nicely. Following that, we enjoyed an exceptional salmon salad topped with a sweet passion fruit glaze that would feel at home in either Puerto Rico OR India. Que Bueno! 

La Isla - Tres Leches
House-Made Tres Leches and Budin de Pan

 A big thank you to all of those who made it Tuesday night! We absolutely love seeing our regular ‘Rum Bums’ as well as all of those new faces. Catch you next month for out next Rum Club which will be on February 26th. To view the full photo gallery, visit our facebook photo album!

Again the rums from the evening were:
Old Monk XXX - Aged 7 years
Old Monk Reserve - Aged 12 years
Old Monk Premium Supreme - Aged 18 years

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Chairmans Reserve - Rum Club

Hey Rum Bums! This months Rum Club was super fun, with Chairmans Reserve in the glasses and new  “old style” Puerto Rican meals on the plates; there’s no way you couldn’t have a good time.

As Mentioned, our featured rum this month was Chairmans Reserve Spiced Rum and White Label which was served alongside four courses of yummy classics: Mini Bacailitos, Pechuga, Mofongo, and a sweet moist Tres Leches.

The Menu was so tempting; the owner of Chairman's Reserve, Clyde Davis Jr. had planned on coming out to Seattle specifically for this event!  His flight was canceled by inclement weather but that did not stop the rest of us from enjoying his wonderful rum. With award winning blends and pot still rums averaging five years, six different types of “hand-blended” rums, and using only Rainforest water there’s no question why or how this rum has made it to our Rum Club.

We want to thank everyone who came out regardless of all the holiday shenanigans, we love your company and can’t wait to see you all next month for Rum Club on January 29th!