The stars were aligned and all was right in the universe as The Rum Collective gathered for an evening marked with new friends and good spirits (pun intended) saturated by a special line of rums from Ron Abuelo. Liberty offers a perfect setting for such events, ambiance balanced by a devotion to thoughtful cocktails and the skill to craft them. And craft them for the masses they did. This sold out event found attendees from diverse backgrounds with varied imbibing experiences assimilating for one common purpose; to celebrate rum as Seattle's rum society turns one year old!
Those attending were in for a treat. Included in Ron Abuelo's complete line of rums to be tasted were Seco Herrerano and Ron Abuelo Añejo. The Seco Herrerano is made directly from fresh pressed sugar cane juice grown on the Varela Hermanos plantation, unlike Ron Abuelo Añejo, their youngest rum, which is molasses based. For more information, see the previous post on Varela Hermanos. Neither of these spirits are available locally at present, however this may change after exploring their utility in a couple of tasty cocktails. Oh yeah!
Keith Waldbauer, co-owner of Liberty, known for his impromptu-style cocktails that need no encore, provided another fitting example with his greeting cocktail, Isthmus. The selection of two absinthe fountains to fill glasses was fun to watch and gave a classic twist to this contemporary rum libation. Yum!
|Isthmus Cocktail Dispensary|
Ron Abuelo Añejo
Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur
Rhum Clément Créole Shrubb
The Bitter Truth - Creole Bitters
by Keith Waldbauer
|Jake Mutscheller brings out the Ron Abuelo Centuria|
"Hell yeah we're having Centuria tonight!"
Andrew says "Liberty loves you" and he means it. The refined awareness of flavors he communicated into the second cocktail of the night, called Viva Panama! speaks for itself. Andrew Friedman, co-owner of Liberty, needs little introduction. His subtle charm spills over into this very sippable potation. Despite this cocktail's lush flavor profile, to say the least, Viva Panama! does not live very long in your glass. Rumtastic!
Leopold Bros Michigan Tart Cherry Liqueur
Marolo Chamomile & Grappa Liqueur
Fresh lemon juice
by Andrew Friedman
|Ron Abuelo Centuria|
Guests sip their Centuria as official t-shirts of The Rum Collective are unveiled for the first time. Each person present received a complimentary t-shirt in one of the three fashionable designs
|"I'd tap that" t-shirt (back)|
The Rum Collective
Generally, meeting reviews do not include photos of guests. For the review of the 1st Anniversary, an exception has been made. Enjoy!
Although The Rum Collective is intended for enhancing awareness and developing appreciation in humans, we do not discriminate against those with a highly acute sense of smell, such as Lilly, our first
|Nathan Layman (Mistral Kitchen) and Evan Martin (Ba Bar)|
The Rum Collective would like to thank Keith, Andrew and the staff at Liberty for an awesome event and their support over the last year!
|Andrew Friedman (Liberty) holding Ron Abuelo Centuria|
A big "Thank you" to Ron Abuelo for their generosity and assistance in making the 1st Anniversary meeting a success!