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White Rums

Whether you call them, clear, silver, white or simple 'see through' how do you drink them?


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Old 07-09-2010, 04:45 PM   #1
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Default Banks 5 Island Rum

This is a rum that I tasted at a trade show put on by the Winebow folks here in D.C. earlier this year. It's almost impossible for me to find any information on it, and the website is no help: http://www.banksrum.com

According to the label, it is a blend of, "Pot-stilled Jamaican, and light Trinidadian, Amber rums from Guyana and Barbados."

So, what is the 5th island? Java!

From the brand manager at Winebow:

"Joseph A Banks Five Island Rum. Banks for short. This comes from a group of owners with deep history in the rum business. This is a blend of rums from 4 Caribbean islands and one exotic (Java) island. The rums go through a reverse osmosis process to remove the color and therefore served as a white rum. The complexity from the aged rum along with the unique blend will make this one of the most exciting super premium rum brands to hit the market. The SRP of $27.99 will certainly draw attention to the consumers looking to trade up in the white rum category."

For compliance sake, it does read, "Product of the West Indies".

I've had it in a seriously good cocktail from my friend Tom Brown at The Passenger, here in D.C. He called the drink a blend of a Mai-Tai and a Mojito, so I said, "Oh, then it's a Mo-Tai!" Let me tell you, that's a drink that I want to be able to enjoy year-round.

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Interesting...

How do you make a 'Mo-Tai'?
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Old 07-10-2010, 04:07 PM   #3
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Hi Joe,
I have it available here in NY through a store that ships free on all NY orders that are at least $100.
The Banks is on sale for $28.00.
Did you get a chance to sip it undiluted?
How would you rate it?
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Any relation to Banks Beer?
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Old 07-11-2010, 11:06 AM   #5
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There is no connection between Banks beer and Banks 5 Island Rum. Like most of you I haven't been able to get much information about this rum except that it is a blend of rums and Batavia Arrack, which isn't rum at all.

I don't have knowledge of any other rum that claims to be use reverse osmosis to remove the color of aging, carbon-filtering is the usual method of removing color.
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I hope to have some Banks rums at some point. They come highly recommended on this forum, such as Banks XM, which is good enough for me.
I would be interested in tasting the blend with the Arrack, although it may place it in a different category.
Reverse osmosis is a very intensive manner of filtration. It removes even very minute particles from water. I find this interesting that Banks would use a filtration perocess like this. In my simple mind, it seems almost too much filtration.
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Banks 5 Island is not from the same company as Banks XM which is not sold in the US.
I am most familiar with reverse osmosis in removing salt from sea water. RO is basically a molecular sieve while carbon filtration is an absorption process.
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Thanks, Ed. Great clarification. I did not know there were different Banks rums.
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Hi Joe,
I have it available here in NY through a store that ships free on all NY orders that are at least $100.
The Banks is on sale for $28.00.
Did you get a chance to sip it undiluted?
How would you rate it?
Thanks,
Kenny
I did try it by itself, but it was after I'd gone through a Scotch Malt Whisky seminar, so I cannot claim that my palate was 100% sharp at the time. It tasted alright to me; certainly clean, and a decent 86-proof. Is it "better" than, say, Flor de Caña 4-yr White, or El Dorado 3-yr White? Hard for me to say, but it is $1.00 more than the 1.0L of La Favorite Rhum Agricole (100-pf) that I have on my shelf, so for me it doesn't really fill a niche for me that is unfulfilled, but it is interesting all the same.

Geez, it's on SALE for $28? My normal shelf price on it is $27.99

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How do you make a 'Mo-Tai'?
Just combine a Mojito with a Mai-Tai, I guess. Perhaps like this:

1 oz. Light rum
1 oz. Gold rum
0.75 oz. Lime juice
1 oz. Bar syrup
8-12 Mint leaves
2 oz. Soda water
0.5 oz.Orange Curaçao
0.5 oz. Orgeat

Shake with ice, strain into an Old Fashioned glass, garnish with a speared pineapple chunk, cherry, and a sprig of mint.
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I have been able to confirm that Banks Rum does not employ reverse osmosis to clarify the color of their rum.

According to consultants who worked to blend this product it was conceived to be a great mixing white rum, it's not trying to be the newest super-premium-got-to-drink-this-to-be-cool rum with a price to match.

Banks Rum, as the name is listed on the Certificate Of Label Approval, is blended in Holland from a blend of rum from five islands though it is registered as West Indies Rum. The words '5 islands' are embossed in the bottle so they don't have to appear on the COLA.

I'm hoping to learn more about this product next week and hope I'll be able to post some credible notes on this forum while I'm in New Orleans.
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