Behind the magic: A backstage tour of The Mai-Kai’s mysterious bars and kitchen

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Kohala Bay from Jamaica is one of The Mai-Kai's most distinctive rums used in its tropical drinks. It's made by the same company that previously made the Dagger brand. (Stop 5)

Kohala Bay from Jamaica is one of The Mai-Kai’s most distinctive rums used in its tropical drinks. It’s made by the same company that previously made the Dagger brand. (Stop 5)

Kohala Bay from Jamaica is one of The Mai-Kai’s most distinctive rums used in its tropical drinks. It’s made by the same company that previously made the Dagger brand. (Stop 5)

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  1. I finally cracked open a bottle of Kohala Bay Punch Brand Jamaica Dark Rum tonight. It’s funky but the taste is not as powerful as it’s aroma. It definitely reminds me of a number of cocktails I’ve tried at the Mai-Kai. It’s a wild rum that runs the aroma gauntlet: caramel, cured meat, light leather, old oak, smelly feet, ChapStick, etc. It would be more interesting as a sipper if it was a higher ABV (maybe 90 proof) just to “punch” it up a bit. Next is to try it in a few cocktail tributes you share on your site.

    • Aloha Scott, glad you found this rare rum. Indeed it’s not a sipper but an outstanding mixer, especially in The Mai-Kai’s cocktails. It pairs wonderfully with Demerara rums. Apparently the original Dagger was 97 proof and was much beloved. I can only imagine how the drinks tasted with that.

      Okole maluna!

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