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Old 04-06-2007, 05:23 PM   #1
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Wow. That's about all I can say.

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So I thought I would post on this one as I have some involvement with the concept.

I used to run some training for Appleton Rum in the UK and was always bugging them to consider re-issuing a 17 year old rum in order to make an Original Mai Tai a al Trader Vic... they had a 21 year old so my theory went they must have a 17 year...

But they always said no until one day a few years ago I got a call from Appleton to say would I like to make a Mai Tai at the London Bar Show? They would bring me a present...

So lo and behold if Joy Spence, Master Blender, does not roll up with a dusty and unlabbeled bottle of Trader Vic Special Selection 17 year old Wray and Nephew! They had apparently found some of it bottled in the head offices/warehouses and thought of me! Bless them.

Having tasted it I can see why they could not reproduce it... it is heavy red colour with an intensely smokey taste... not unlike a scotch. It made a truly heavenly Mai Tai and has spoiled me for them ever since. Since that I have read that many Islands have changed their 'styles' of rum to compete in the international market and Jamaica changed it's around the 50's with more Continuous Still distillate being produced...

Now my chum Sean Muldoon managed to get his hands on a bottle of it tho by this stage they were now saying it was valued at 10,000 pounds a bottle and so he put it in a Mai Tai for 750 pounds and managed to sell 3 of them, thus officialy being the World's Most Expensive Cocktail!

In an addendum I recently did an event for Appleton here in Canada and they used the 3 bottles they had 20 let me make 40 of them to the original recipe Sean uses... except that i used crushed ice rather than the (double frozen) block ice Sean does... they say the Toronto Star are putting their piece out on it tomorrow so will repost then if it appears...

fyi... the recipe for Sean's (directly from his post which also refers to the picture posted) is:

40mls Wray & Nephew 17yr (or "Trader Vics Blend" as it says on the
label)
20mls DeKuyper Orange Curacao
25mls fresh lime juice
10mls French orgeat syrup
5mls Monin Bon-bon syrup (are still awaiting
arrival of Fee Bros Rock Candy syrup from the States)

Served in a rocks glass with a block of ice, garnished with a spent
lime wedge and mint sprig tip (picture enclosed).

*This drink in this picture is made using Appleton Extra.The Bon Bon
syrup is what gives the drink it's particular colour in the photograph
...but the real drink is much more brownish in colour than this one.

mmmai tai!

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Old 04-07-2007, 11:15 PM   #3
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Very cool story. I would love to try one.
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Old 04-16-2007, 07:23 AM   #4
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We're into our second bottle of 17 Year Old at the IPBartenders office. Stunning, priceless and irreplaceable product.


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With all the effort to make the original mai tai, I hope the bartender is using the DeKuyper Orange Curacao from Europe which although it has changed in the last 50 years, is undoubtedly more authentic than the product now being bottled in the US under the KeKuyper name.
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So I am glad that IPBartenders are here as they can maybe help with the 'mystery' of the 17 year...

I got the first bottle at the 2005 BarShow (amybe it was 2004.. I can't totally remember).

It was 75% alcohol. and I was told it was one of only 6.

Merchants Hotel were also told theirs was one of 6 and hence the pricing.

Now for the Canada event I had 3 bottles, plus the 5 I know about makes 8 and now IPB say they have a second so that makes 9 but now at 60%...

I fear we are being misled in some way... Paul, as WIRSPA and Appleton people, whats the score?

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A,

Not sure we've been mislead - this is the story we've always been told.

We understood there were 12 bottles found in the inventory. The excess spill over from an old order.

6 were originally given to the UK - Glen Hooper, You, IPB, Ian Burrell, 200ml given to Trader Vic and the remains of that bottle kept at W&N UK, and the one that accidentally found it's way to the Merchant Hotel.

Ben Reed was also given one seperately by Joy making 7.

Your mammoth Canadian round eliminated 3 more so there should be 2 back in JA - although I'm pretty sure that Dre Redleffsen of Elements 8 has one too.

Where did you get this 60%; from though, mate? All the bottles we've seen are 77.2%

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trying something new here...


from the label mate...

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Old 05-10-2007, 11:16 AM   #9
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Maybe you have the '17yr Lite'

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maybe I do but it does throw the whole story into some doubt does it not?

12 bottles? But nopt all of them the same...

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