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Old 01-21-2008, 06:46 PM   #1
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Default High Times, Costa Mesa

I just returned home from a business trip to Southern California, and spent a very pleasant hour shopping at High Time in Costa Mesa. This was a really satisfying experience that allowed me to pick up some bargains on rums that simply aren't available in Washington. They were closing out Plantation Grand Res. Barbados for $9 a bottle; having never tried it, I still picked up a few bottles because I couldn't pass the buy up. I also knocked down a Cruzan Single Barrel at $19, which apart from being unavailable here in Washington, struck me as a good buy.

The selection was astounding by my standards and their help was equally knowledgable and friendly. A hearty recommendation to anyone in the area and an equal benefit if you live in a state that they will ship to. Unfortunately, I don't!

In addition to the above, my purchases included:
Zaya (at $26)
Flor de Cana 21 at $29
Flor de Cana 12 at $20
Ron Barcelo Imperial ($24)
Neisson Élevé Sous Bois (a first agricole for me)
A slew of Pampero Anniversarios ($26)
Angostura 5 yr gold ($19)
Centenario XX ($29)
English Harbor 5 ($24?)

So, primarily a bargain hunt for me with one or two exceptions that represented otherwise locally unavailable product. Of course, their shelves were replete with all the desireable high end rums as well, including the entire Angostura line, Diplomatico, El Dorado, and most of the US available Agricoles as well as a broad range of things I've failed to mention. A terrific store.

I was very tempted to buy a Chauffe Coeur based on the controversy that has surrounded it here, but there's a limit to what I could carry on the plane. Next time I'm bringing a spare suitcase and some bubble wrap

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Old 01-21-2008, 07:31 PM   #2
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You should have mentioned that you'd be in the area...some of us live around there.
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Old 01-21-2008, 07:38 PM   #3
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Yep. Hi-Time rocks.
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Old 01-21-2008, 07:40 PM   #4
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Lew, that was a great haul. Many great rums!
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Old 01-21-2008, 09:48 PM   #5
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$26 for zaya you say? Its 40 to 45 here
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Old 01-21-2008, 10:25 PM   #6
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Yeah Rummy, $26 for the Zaya. I thought it was a good deal too; there were other great deals, including a good price on Zacapa 23. As I said, I couldn't take advantage of all they had on offer because I had no way to get more than the equivilant of a case home.


Dood, I didn't have much time on this trip because it was a full working week. One of my co-workers and I stole our only truly free afternoon and drove to Costa Mesa from Anaheim, where we were incarcerated. Next time, you're on! Contact me if you get to Seattle.

Hank; that wasn't the half of it!

I had no idea what to expect, but from their website and the comments here I reckoned we would be entertained. That was the case, even though it hurt to leave some really nice bottles behind. The weather was beautiful, by the way, but I'm glad to be home.
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Thanks for the tip. I was especially pleased to see Oronoco for only $30.
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Yeah Rummy, $26 for the Zaya. I thought it was a good deal too; there were other great deals, including a good price on Zacapa 23. As I said, I couldn't take advantage of all they had on offer because I had no way to get more than the equivilant of a case home.


Dood, I didn't have much time on this trip because it was a full working week. One of my co-workers and I stole our only truly free afternoon and drove to Costa Mesa from Anaheim, where we were incarcerated. Next time, you're on! Contact me if you get to Seattle.

Hank; that wasn't the half of it!

I had no idea what to expect, but from their website and the comments here I reckoned we would be entertained. That was the case, even though it hurt to leave some really nice bottles behind. The weather was beautiful, by the way, but I'm glad to be home.
Anaheim...were you in town for the NAMM (sp?) conference? I live less than a mile from the convention center.

I will definitely look you up if I'm ever back in Seattle.
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Good deduction Dood. I was at NAMM, and spent a couple of days before that in related meetings.

I'm a sound guy.
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Good deduction Dood. I was at NAMM, and spent a couple of days before that in related meetings.

I'm a sound guy.
There are only 2 reasons people come to Anaheim: Disneyland and Conventions.
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