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Our man on the bar stool gets the scoop from Captain Morgan White Rum
AS HAS BEEN MENTIONED BEFORE IN THESE pages, I’m a big fan of Captain Morgan Rum. Over the decades, I think I’ve examined almost every tasteful position of its possibilities. And for those that aren’t hip to the jive, the Captain comes in more than just the Original Spiced Rum.
Oh yeah, he’s way too sly to sit slothily by and play the same ol’ tune. Some of his many personas are Black, Private Stock, Lime, Silver, Coconut and now the new kid on deck...White.
Over the weekend, I was able to sit down and have a chat with Captain Morgan White Rum and discuss his recent unveiling.
Mike Dobbs: So—you’re new around here. How did you find yourself in this position?
Captain Morgain White: Well, the folks at my label were looking for something a little different than the other guys in the livery and we went through distillation after distillation.
We did that five times before they put me in a white oak barrel for a year and let me figure out the rest. So I was given some artistic license, which is nice.
MD: That’s a good freedom to have. What did you come up with to make yourself stand out from the other guys you tour with?
CMW: I tell ya, it wasn’t easy. They’re all so good at what they do. I wanted to show up with something slightly different to help round them out. They have their own flavor. I’m a different option, if you will. Y’know, I bring a little different mix into the show. I like to stir it up some. Like when I get into a mojito, I just go all smooth...I like to toss in some sweet notes of coconut…maybe a little of that Caribbean fruitiness at the bridge.
MD: It sounds like you’re having a good time! Do you ever get into any of the old classics?
CMW: Oh, yeah! I like mixing it up with pina colada. The other day we were…
MD: Getting caught in the rain?
CMW: Yeah, funny, man. Anyway, with a pina colada, I put a deeper beat to that one because I’m made with cane molasses. It gets a little nutty.
MD: Nutty as in flavor.
CMW: Yeah. But, you wouldn’t know that by looking at me. Check out how clear.
MD: And you’re 80 proof.
CMW: Smooth 80 proof, baby!
MD: How do you get along with cola? I know it’s been opening for other rums quite a while. Does it flow with your new style?
CMW: Aw, man, we’re having a blast! A little lime twist and my thumpin’ vanilla base? We’re off the chain. You gotta try it out!
MD: So you’re pretty diverse.
CMW: I’m rum. So yeah, I blend in.
MD: Say, I noticed you’re already getting a little celebrity status. Does the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue ring a bell? Chrissy Teigen…not bad!
CMW: (laughs) She knows good taste. And check it out: 96 calories. Pretty important for what she does.
MD: Well, thanks for hanging out with me, Captain. Mind if I pour another?