My favorite rum in the entire world is something I can only find in Indonesia. Such a tragedy. I only have a spot of it left, from a bottle that my pal Mary brought back for me the last time she was there (the best surprise ever). I can't even find anything about it online--Mansion House Jamaica Rum. I mean I can't find jack...nada.
Now, here's what I did to stretch the goods. I coupled this incredible rum, which has the most alarmingly delightful floral/caramel/rosy flavor, with some tart Pomegranate juice that the kind folks over at the POM empire sent me to sample. I squeezed a bunch of juicy lime in the glass and swooshed around a long rosemary sprig. Dude. I really have no words for the pleasure packet this summery combo provided me. Couple of gulps and it was gone. Which leaves me so little precious rum left.
I meant to bring some back from Indo this past trip, but it slipped my mind. Let's just say that won't happen again. In fact, I think I could make a pretty penny off this rum. Ever read the book "Around the World in 80 Trades"?? It's well worth the read--this intrepid guy rolls around the world with a vague plan of how to pick up one product in lets say South Africa and then transport it to India where he makes a buck on it. He did a TV show about it for Channel 4 in the UK, which I didn't see, but the book is a page-turner. His ultimate goal is to double his dough--$50k USD--which he managed to do in about 5 months.
I love hair-brained schemes, especially those that involve travel. He was buying camels in Northern Africa, selling inflatable surfboards in Mexico, picking up Jade in Asia, pilfering hot sauce in India, making straight coin off red wine in Singapore, ditching tequila in Brazil, off-loading teak in the UK. Really brill stuff.
This rum could easily fit into that vein, if you've got the wherewithal to go there. Which I just may, someday.