Local to me there are a number of local spirit stores that I visit every week or two. I’m always curious to see is stores have added new or cases cut out old rums in their inventory.
One longest operation establishments has been known to take trade-ins from customers if they have a bottle that they don’t need or if they’ve perhaps inherited from someone else. Yes, they allow you to swap, still sealed bottles for other product. It doesn’t happen often but 2-3 times a year I will find a long discontinued rum sitting on their clearance shelf that had been brought back by a customer.
About six months ago I found a bottle of Tommy Bahama White Sands for $15. That line was discontinued about 2 years ago.
Yesterday, I found a bottle of Sea Wynde Pot Still Rum on their shelf for $20. Sea Wynde was discontinued by Castle Brands back in 2010. The tag on the bottle I purchased says that it was bottled in 2006.
Years ago I had seen Sea Wynde on a few local shelves but it’s been quite a long time since I’ve seen a bottle around (for obvious reasons).
Since I’ve never tried this 92 proof, pot stilled rum, I will try to open this bottle over the weekend and provide some thoughts on whether its a good or bad thing that this one was discontinued years ago.
I also drive my wife crazy with unplanned liquor store stops while we are driving to go places. She tolerates my craziness.
In my travels I have found one old bottle of Zacapa XO with the red and gold cardboard box for $57. I have found some Cacique and a few bottles of Oronoco rum. I have also found a small supply of Tommy Bahamas Golden Sun and White Sands that were left over. There were a few 1.75 liters ( massive bottles) , 750ml and a few smaller bottles. I have found a few Cruzan Rum creams and was able to obtain some Cacique Antiguo and a rare bottle of Santa Theresa Bicentenario from venezuela. I will search for this Sea Wynde and let you know if I get lucky.
That’s great to hear. I thought I might be the only person crazy enough to drive around town in search of old new stock. You described some great finds. I too have spied some of the large Tommy Bahamas 1.75L but most are still full MSRP (or higher). Keep on the hunt and feel free to share any future finds!
Got lucky again!! Found a bottle of Sea Wynde, but even better were the three bottles ( two with box ) of the old Pyrat Planters Gold. The one bottle without the box was dusty,dirty, but still sealed, that one will be for the tasting.
The bottling numbers are 12,898, 12,990 and the third has no bottling number, maybe it fell off. All in all, I was lucky. Dusty finds are still out there.
That’s a good find! The Planters Pyrat are really hard to come by these days. I drank some Patron Pyrat this weekend. It’s pretty good too.
I recently found three more Sea Wynde’s at my local Total Wine. I use my lunch hour to visit hard-to-find spirit stores; I’m always on the lookout.
Found two bottle of Myer’s Legend Rum in Houston, but they wouldn’t ship. So close, yet so far. Well I got lucky, a buddy of mine went there for training and was able to pick them both up for me ( THANKS Chris). I have been looking to add Legend Rum to my collection for a long time. Moving forward, now I’d like to score some Gran Blason and the elusive Plantation Venezuela 1992. As always, I’m on the lookout too!