Hello Rum Bums,
This month for our Ballard Rum Club event we tasted 3, “Fresh” new rums to the La Isla repertoire; Don Pancho 8, Plantation Jamaica, and Kirk & Sweeney 18. We also had a guest chef develop this month’s small plate pairings. La Isla chef, Rodel Borromeo was set with the task of dishing out some awesome eats; which he did to a large applause.

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Don Pancho Origenes 8 (Panama) comes from legendary Cuban Master Blender, Francisco “Don Pancho” Fernandez. Don Pancho began in Cuba 45 years ago making Havana Club and has since developed such rums as Ron Abuelo, Ron de Jeremy, and will soon be showcasing Ron Duran 12. Oak and vanilla on the nose, followed by flavors of oak and hints of banana that warmed my tongue and finished with spice and pepper. It was the favorite of most. Rodel paired the 8 year with sautéed prawns on crispy plantain chips and topped it all with a coconut and cilantro salsa.

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Plantation Jamaica 2001 was next on the docket. Aged in used whiskey and bourbon barrels in Jamaica, the rum is then flown to France to be doubled aged at Cognac Ferrand. The rum is full of ripe fruit on the nose, followed by a whiskey-like riverdance on the toung that finished with a long-lasting subtle sweetness. The Jamaica was paired with braised pork (wings) on a salad of roasted corn, red pepper, cilantro, olive oil and lime juice.

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The last rum to be tasted on the evening was Kirk and Sweeney 18 from the Dominican Republic. Kirk & Sweeney was a wooden schooner, best known for smuggling rum from the Caribbean to the Northeast during the early years of Prohibition. This balanced smuggler revealed vanilla flavor, nutmeg, cinnamon and spice. It was perfectly paired with fried Maduro doughnuts, dusted in sugar and cinnamon, and drizzled with warm coconut chocolate.

We sampled the “Cielo Anaranjado” or, “Orange Sky” specialty cocktail that was made up of 2oz Plantation Jamaica 2001, .5oz, .5oz Antica Vermouth, 2 dashes of Fee Brothers Molasses Bitters, and garnished with dark chocolate orange moon.


Next month we will be celebrating the 80’s at both our Ballard and Redmond locations! Big hair, dark mascara, day-glo, stonewashed jeans, tight rolled pants, pink polos, collars up & Miami Vice inspired suits. We will also be tasting Diplomatico Ambassador…

If this is your first time hearing about rum club, it’s important to know we are not exclusive and welcome all newcomers in this monthly event — the only restriction is you have to be over 21! Join our Rum Bums Facebook page for updates and information on all things rum club. Unless otherwise notified, rum club happens every last Tuesday (at our Ballard location) and Wednesday (at our Redmond location) of each month. To see more photos from the evening, check out our Facebook photo album.

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