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Old 04-01-2008, 01:43 AM   #1
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Default Wapango - St Louis area (Missouri)

Fiddling around on the web, check out the selection of rums at Wapango, a Latin Style restaurant in upscale Chesterfield, MO just west of Saint Louis.

As luck would have it... I will be in Saint Louis Wednesday night!

http://www.wapango.com/drinks.htm

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Old 04-01-2008, 11:31 AM   #2
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What pains me about their menu is the "Build Your Own Mojitos" Not sure why they just dont call them "Choose Your Bacardi Flavor"

I think a great for build your own mojito would be to choose the variety of mint, the form of sweetener, the choice of lime, the variety of rum, and then any additional items like fresh fruits, herbs, and spices. We would do that, but its already tough enough with 15-20 different mojitos, when everybody is ordering a different one!
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Old 04-01-2008, 08:14 PM   #3
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Adam, I hear ya. I just now noticed that... "Build your own Bacardi Mojito for $4" at the bottom of the menu.

Probably simply following all the marketing buzz (we still see the Bacardi mojito commerical on TV here now and again).

I would say though, their rum selection overall is not too bad, considering what you'd find in pretty much any other standard bar. I guess though since this is in a Pan-Latin restaurant, they're obligated to at least have "some" decent rums available, and they've done a decent job at it.

I find the D'Aristi intriguing and want to give it a try. There's a couple others on there that I've not had that I'm going to try as well.

As luck would have it for me - there is a Drury Inn within walking distance of the restaurant, so that is where I will be staying tomorrow night, so I can sample and enjoy as much as I want (and I LOVE Pan-Latin food as well).

I'll have to come check your place out in Philly some time! I have a co-worker in Sellersville, I'll have to make some excuse to go out and visit him.

And I will WALK to the Wapango - NEVER DRINK AND DRIVE... not even a little!
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The D"Aristi is excellent! A pleasant surprise. Ive also got their Xtabentun Honey Anise liqueur... coulda been better.

I look forward to your eventual visit to the city of brotherly love!
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Come on, this is Missouri we're talking about. In Missouri you're lucky to find all the Bacardi flavors. As an importer I can tell that Missouri isn't exactly ahead of the curve on rum. But just a few miles to the east of East St Louis is a very good liquor store that stocks almost every rum they can get through the more liberal state of Illinois.
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Old 04-02-2008, 02:00 AM   #6
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Ed, are you referring to Internet Wines in Fairview Heights, IL?

If so, that's where I'm stopping on my way over. Looks like the only place in the state where I might find Brinley's Gold. They show it on the web site. If they do, I'm planning on grabbing a few bottles of Brinley's, maybe the Ango 1919 if it's in stock, and a bottle of One Barrel which I've been eager to try.

Daddy's getting a tax refund for the first time in three years and I'm feeling spendy!

Same guy also owns a fairly good sized store in St Louis, name escapes me at the moment, I'm thinking something like Riddells, Randalls???
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Its Randalls and the store in St Louis is an affiliate. So the selection you see on Internet Wines and Spirits (which is Randall's) may not be the same selection in St Louis.

I'll be in that area this May and plan to check it out. If you go there before May, could let me know the selections available in the affiliate store??
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Jmac - I did go to the store (in Illinois) today in Fairview Heights. You are right - the actual store is called Randall's (the internet biz is Internet Wine and Spirits).

A good-sized store, about the size of three standard shopping plaza tenant stores with the walls knocked down between them.

I went a little craizer in there than expected. My original intent was to buy two bottles of Brinleys Gold Coconut Rum and a bottle of Angostura 1919 if they had it in stock.

Well, they have the Brinley's (store prices are better than their published internet prices). Unless I am mistaken, this seems to be the only place in Illinois you can get Brinley's Gold (they carry coconut and vanilla). If someone else has it, it is not advertised on the web.

They had such a nice selection, I broke ranks with my "plan" and went a little haywire, buying things that were good bargains in comparison to what I'd find at home, and of course a few items not available to me (Brinley's, One Barrel).

I picked up (one bottle each):
Brinley's Gold Coconut Rum
One Barrel
Goslings Black Seal (better price than home - $17.99 vs $19.99)
Tortuga Gold Banana Flavored Rum
Sailor Jerry's (better price than home - $11.99 vs $15.99)
Don Q Cristal
La Favorite (Blanc)
Whaler's Dark (cheap, $11.99)

Also bought Patron Citronage (better price than home $22.99 vs $24.99)

I thought they had a pretty impressive selection when it came to rums and also Kentucky Bourbons and whisky products.

Items that I recall standing out since I couldn't get them at home:
Tanduay (two different types)
Ocumare
Several different Brazilian Cachacas
Cubaney (two types)
Tortuga - white, gold, banana, coconut, vanilla
Plantation Reserve
Niesson Blanc (two types)
LaFavorite (two types)


Other goodies:

Zaya 12 yr
MG XO
Redrum
(four different Barbancourts)
Pritchards Dark
Nearly all the Cruzan rums
Good selection of overproof rums
El Dorado (most types)

I spent more than I should have, but it was like a candy store! I think you'll enjoy when you go.

P.S. If I have time tomorrow, I will go to the STL affiliate store, but I will lock my wallet in the trunk!

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You pay $20 for Goslings??? Holy crap! Its like $13.99 here in PA.

You shoulda got the Tortuga White, that must be my favorite white rum that ive only had but a taste of. Id love to own a bottle!

What was the 4 Barbancourts, the 5, 8, 15, and white?

The Ocumare is a rum that I couldnt find, neither could others on this forum a few months back. They were out of stock.

No Angostura? That sucks... but I guess you made out okay!
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Old 04-03-2008, 02:33 AM   #10
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You pay $20 for Goslings??? Holy crap! Its like $13.99 here in PA.

You shoulda got the Tortuga White, that must be my favorite white rum that ive only had but a taste of. Id love to own a bottle!

What was the 4 Barbancourts, the 5, 8, 15, and white?

The Ocumare is a rum that I couldnt find, neither could others on this forum a few months back. They were out of stock.

No Angostura? That sucks... but I guess you made out okay!
Yep - sad but true... most stores near me (which isn't many) and the few I've gone into up in the Chicago burbs all have Black Seal for $19.99.
Goslings Gold is usually $16.99.

I thought about getting the Tortuga White based on your previous comments, but I opted for the banana because I can get Trotuga White and Gold at home as it is well stocked locally.

Yes - you nailed the Barbancourts available!

Ocumare was well-stocked. There were a couple other rums I'd not seen before, but names escape me right now.

Interesting omissions:
No Matusalem
No Doorly's
No Inner Circle
No Zacapa

They did have RdB 2 star and 3 star.
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