Happy Hour [7/5/21]

I need a drink

I’m a bourbon drinker, as was my father before me and his father before him. But you know the old saying – when in Rome, drink like a Roman. In that spirit, on my recent trip to The Golden Isles, I visited Richland Rum in Brunswick, Georgia. We didn’t take the tour as reservations are required and we had stopped on a whim. We also had Fanny with us, and dogs aren’t allowed into the distillery. But it’s a small operation, and they were able to explain the process while we did a tasting.

I bought a bottle of the Terrapin Imperial Milk Stout Cask Exchange. The rum is aged for three or four years then transferred to new barrels. The drained barrels are sent to Terrapin Brewing in Athen, GA, and used to age their TiramisuHoo Imperial Milk Stout for a year. After which, they are sent back to Richland, and the original rum is returned to the casks for an additional eighteen months. It’s a delicious sipping rum. They also have an IPA cask exchange as well as a Port cask exchange with Chateau Elan Winery. And I picked up a bottle of the Classic Reserve for mixing cocktails. At $80 a bottle, it’s a bit pricy, but it’s a true small-batch liquor labeled with the cask and bottle number. If you find yourself in Coastal Georgia, I recommend you drop by. Go without your dog so you can visit the upstairs bar.

Share your vacation beverage discoveries in the comments.



  1. This weekend is the annual spring release in Walla Walla but we are not going as my friend that is a member of all the good wineries just got surgery.  Sipping fine wines in the middle of miles & miles of vineyards and the land of the best onions & asparagus is pretty fun.  The highlight is going to Leonetti Cellar & the Corliss party.  Maybe next year?

    • I hope your friend makes a complete and quick recovery. You’ll have to settle for sipping wine at home this year. But on your beautiful deck that’s not exactly a bad thing.

      • Very true if we get a clear weekend, been raining on and off the last few days and a little chilly.

  2. In terms of cheap mass produced rum, I’ve recently had Cruzan Dark which I’ve drunk straight. It’s pretty decent, a bit of dark sugar flavor and sweetness but not overpowering.
    Also, Bacardi Black, which is weird and bad.I like strong flavored boozes, but this was slop.

    • I’ll be sure to avoid the Barcardi Black. Thanks for the tip.

  3. I’m a staycation type but this week Misfit’s Market sent me an insane amount of ginger so I’m having a Maryland Mule, with fresh ginger, rye, simple syrup, lime juice and soda. The fresh ginger makes a real difference, it’s delicious.

    • Ooh, it does sound good!

    • How much ginger? Is it grated or soaked in the syrup?

  4. One teaspoon of grated ginger, 2 oz of rye, 1.5 oz simple syrup, juice of 1 lime – shaken till chilled, strain into glass fill with club soda. I didn’t bother with a garnish.

    • Thanks, the recipes I saw online had ginger ale, but this way sounds better, and lets me tinker with the sweetness.

  5. I really liked the guavaberry rum I had in St Maarten when our cruise ship stopped there several years ago. I don’t remember much about it though, just that I really liked those drinks. 

    • I had to Google guavaberry. I never heard of it before. 

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