Kauai’s Koloa Rum Company
Posted October 31, 2011on:
Koloa Rum Company was definitely on our list of things to check out while in Kauai. As luck would have it, we ventured in on August 16, National Rum Day. Located on the grounds of Kilohana Plantation, the beautiful plantation-style tasting room and store are bright and welcoming.
Koloa Rum Company has been open for two years and the rum has quickly gained industry acclaim. The handcrafted rum is made with pure cane sugar and pure water sourced from Kauai’s Mt. Wai`ale`ale.
Visitors to the tasting room can enjoy a complimentary tasting of each rum produced by Koloa Rum Company. The guided tasting starts with the Kauai White Rum, a winner of a Bronze Medal at the International Rum Festival. As the tasting room staff explained, the White Rum is dry with hints of oak and licorice, with a fruity pineapple finish. Next up is the Gold Rum, a Silver Medal award-winner, with hints of molasses, candied apple and vanilla aroma. A sweet taste, with a sugar and lemon finish. Next, the White and Gold Rums join the Kukui Brand Mai Tai Mix for the perfect sample-size libation.
Next up, we enjoyed a sample of the spiced rum. Be sure to indulge in the delicious rum cake made with Koloa Rum Company’s Dark Rum and macadamia nuts.
I’m not an experienced rum taster and my palate is no where near expert, but I particularly enjoyed the spiced rum and mai tai.
Kilohana Plantation has a host of additional activities to enjoy. The formerly-working plantation holds onto its roots with tours of its still working farm and lush gardens. You can tour the plantation on foot or on a 1930s steam train. 22 North is an acclaimed farm to table restaurant that is one of the gems of Kauai’s culinary scene. The plantation is also home to Luau Kalamaku, a luau with a theatrical twist.