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.