May 13, 2021
In this eye-opening conversation
and rum tasting with Kō Hana Rum General Manager Kyle Reutner, some
of the topics we discuss include:
- How Kō Hana Rum started as a passion project
dedicated to Hawaiian heirloom cane varietals, spreading from a
small lot to several hundred acres of cane farmed at several
locations on Oahu.
- What heirloom cane even means - from its
pivotal role in the polynesian diaspora to the advent of commodity
sugar farming, to recent efforts to resurrect a nearly lost
cultural staple crop.
- Then we get into the tasting. Boy do we taste.
We sample four white (i.e un-aged) agricole-style rums from Kō
Hana, all with different flavor qualities and origin
- Along the way, we talk about Hawaiian terroir,
the primacy of plants in the species-naming agenda of native
polynesians, how Kō Hana has diversified its offerings using the
only cacao grown in the United States, and much, much
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