I was out shopping today, flying north on Route 1, when I saw the giant Kappy’s sign in the near distance. I have no idea why I didn’t think of stopping – any Kappy’s is always worthwhile for rum lovers, and I knew this store was here. Alas, I was daydreaming when I saw the sign and had to pull some slight Bostonian maneuvers to get into the parking lot. But I made it, and so did the guy behind me.
I quickly browsed the rum section, and even checked out the Tommy Bahama 375ml bottles – which are simply smaller versions of their 750ml. Cool bottles really – it’s a shame that I have yet to hear anything good about the rum inside. Someday I’ll run across a nip and grab one of the Gold, just for the heck of it.
After many, many bottles of the typical rum selection I came to the end of the row where all the good stuff was. Ron Zacapa Centenario 23-year-old, Pyrat XO, Ron Matusalem (Platino, the gold Clasico which I rarely see, and Gran Reserva), Sea Wynde, and several others of the more typical great rums.
I did find two that were on my Replenish list – Zaya and Pyrat Pistol. Yes, I know the Ron Matusalem Gran Reserva is also on that list, but I wasn’t in the mood for some reason. I quickly grabbed the Pyrat Pistol ($18 for a 375ml) since I’ve been looking for this rum for some time now. This stuff is sweet as hell – quite possibly the sweetest rum I have ever had – and I love it. I hemmed and hawed and finally grabbed a bottle of the Zaya – I think it’s over-priced, but it’s been a while and I know it’s a very good rum. I have a strong suspicion that I’ll be enjoying both tonight.
Down along the bottom shelf I noticed some cachaças – Pitu, 51, Leblon, and 3 or 4 other cachaças that I didn’t recognize. Most of these were $13 or $14, so I didn’t give them a second glance, but one bottle for $29 caught my eye – Beleza Pura. Given that I had $58 of rum in my hands, I easily side-stepped the impulse to grab this, too. But I made a note to check it out.
When I got home I did some research, and it seems that I should have grabbed the Beleza Pura after all. Liquor Snob had some good things to say about it, it sounded positive from others talking about it on the Web, and it won a Gold Award at the 2007 World Beverage Competition.
I guess I may have to go back if I can’t find any Fazenda Mae De Ouro or Agua Luca.