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Old 03-07-2014, 09:42 PM   #1
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Default Lost Spirits 68% California Navy Style Rum

New at my local. Never heard of this. Might have to take a chance. They had me at "Smith & Cross meets El Dorado".

Bryan Davis from Lost Spirits in Salinas, CA is back again; this time with a new navy-style rum at 68%. Distilled on his brand new copper still from Grade A molasses, then aged in new American oak treated with sherry, the spirit offers a classic rum profile with that trademark hint of funkiness that we've come to depend on from Mr. Davis. It's familiar and likeable, yet unique and out-of-the-ordinary. It's everything we've seen from Bryan in the past, but improved upon and cleaner than ever. Imagine the Smith & Cross meets El Dorado, but made in California. You get the richness from the sherry and the sarsaparilla notes of pot-distilled molasses.
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Old 03-08-2014, 11:51 PM   #2
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I don't know of any 'Navy' rums that are bottled at 68% ABV, but I haven't seen everything. Certainly not as funky as Smith & Cross but then it's not fermented with things that would make most people weak in the knees.

This is a very limited edition so I expect it to vary considerably with the next batch.
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Old 03-10-2014, 08:01 PM   #3
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Mr. Hamilton, should "navy strength" always be considered to be 57 percent? If so, do labels like this further confuse the buyer by using terms incorrectly?
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Old 03-11-2014, 01:25 AM   #4
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Five minutes after I posted that message I marched the few blocks to K&L and picked up a bottle.

I don't have the vocabulary for rum review, but, at 68% I tried by couldn't enjoy this neat. Ice made this palatable. Oaky, dry, drier, bold with zero funkiness. No fun flavors like caramel, vanilla, cinnamon, sugar or citrus. I can see the Smith & Cross but none of the El Dorado.

But I'm still drinking it.
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Old 04-03-2014, 04:09 PM   #5
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Default Lost Spirits Navy Style Rum

It`s interesting how different a rum can be to different people and that´s one reason i love rum so much, there´s a rum for everyone and it really is a diverse spirit. Taste is personal and so what one person likes another one may not like so much...:-) also remember that there are 3 taste-types, non-tasters, normal tasters and super tasters, and which one you belong to will affect how you taste different things. There are strips you can buy to find out which taste group you belong to, and also, nothing is written in may even change your taste over the years.

Personally i really like this rum and i wrote down my take on it here -
A Mai Tai a day.....Mai Tai roa ae!

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