header home Backbar Bar Station Recipe Database Month's Feature "Drink-o-pedia" Mixology Contact

Kahakai Original Tiki Spiced Rum

Kahakai Original Tiki
Spiced Rum


By Robert Plotkin

Tiki drinks are an on-premise mega-trend that's now firmly entrenched on both coasts and headed inland. They're joyful concoctions, colorful and brimming with tropical appeal. Tiki drinks include such stalwart classics as the Zombie, Mai Tai, Blue Hawaiian, Hurricane, Scorpion, Planter's Punch and the Vicious Virgin. Wildly popular in the 1930s and '40s, Tiki drinks were featured at Polynesian restaurants and South Pacific-themed bars. After the war they slowly faded into obscurity losing ground to cocktails lounges and trendy eateries.

Fortunately for all of us these tall kitschy treats have returned to popularity. Part of their allure must be chalked up to their exotic/escapism quality, which they possess in spades. But make no mistake, Tiki libations are easy to drink and uncommonly delicious.

Recently released Kahakai Original Tiki Spiced Rum will fuel Tiki's growing popularity. The rum has a dark amber/golden hue, a lightweight silky textured body and a generous bouquet of vanilla, citrus zest, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, root beer and tropical fruit. Its enticing aromatics alone qualify it as a backbar essential. But wait, there's more. This 70-proof Polynesian gem has a dry, soft entry that quickly expands filling the mouth with warm spicy flavor. The long, lingering finish tastes similar to a frothy root beer.

Kahakai Original Tiki Spiced is perfectly suited for use in tall tropical drinks. The American-made rum is brilliantly aromatic and graced with tremendous personality. If you're seeking a flavor saturated rum for your next Tiki specialty look no further. But before you start mixing it, take a moment and sample the rum neat. Guaranteed you'll be glad you did.

By the way, our futures look bright. Kahakai Tiki Rum is currently rolling out a Banana Spiced Rum and Coconut Spiced Rum. In early 2014, they will be launching Kahakai Fruit Rum. We're chaffing at the bit to add their reviews here in the near future.

Okole Maluna!