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Maui Rums - Review


A selection of Maui rums

Since Maui has a lot of sunshine, rain and sugar cane, Jim and Leslie Sargent decided that it was a good place to start a rum distillery. In 2003, the husband-and-wife team built Haleakala Distillers 2,000 feet above sea level on Haleakala Ranch. They handcraft and bottle rum from what is the only distillery on the island and the only working one in Hawaii. Master distiller Jim Sargent uses only pure Maui ingredients — molasses, made from local sugar cane, and rainwater — but ages the liquor in imported American oak barrels that were previously used to house Bourbon.

The Gold, Dark and Platinum rums are double distilled to 80 proof. Bottles are available at various stores around Maui, and can also be shipped to the mainland wearing their distinctive miniature leis.

Maui Gold Rum has the color and taste of caramel, as well as a hint of vanilla. It mixes well and goes down smoothly, with a slight alcohol burn. Maui Dark Rum, one of GAYOT's top 10 spirits in 2007, has a good mouthfeel, and offers hints of chocolate, coffee and tobacco. Although it has no burn when sipped, its flavor is strong enough to be mix well with cola.

Our favorite is the Maui Platinum, which is enjoyable sipped at room temperature. The clear liquid has a very clean taste, with hints of banana, and a slightly sweet backnote. At more than 75 percent proof, another product is so flammable, that the TSA won’t allow tourists to carry it home with them on airplanes! Kimo’s Mo 'Bettah Da' Bomb Extreme Rum can be shipped to the mainland, but we’re looking forward to trying some on its home turf on our next trip.

Price: $28-$30

In the meantime, try this Hawaiian twist on the Cuban mojito.

Try a delicious Maui Rum mojito from Haleakala Distillers, located in Kula, Hawaii

Maui Mojito

3 to 4 fresh mint leaves
1 shot of Maui Platinum Rum
1 fresh lime
2 teaspoons of Sugar in the Raw
2 oz. of club soda

In a tall glass, muddle the mint leaves and then add one shot of Maui Platinum Rum. Add juice from a fresh lime and Sugar in the Raw (more or less, according to taste). Stir vigorously for several minutes until the sugar dissolves. Add ice cubes and club soda, and stir gently. Garnish with a sprig of mint. Aloha!

Learn more about Maui rums at the Haleakala Distillers official website

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