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“A Taste Koloa”
Review of Koloa Rum Company

Koloa Rum Company
Ranked #3 of 55 things to do in Lihue
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: For the first time in history, Rum is being distilled legally on the island of Kauai. Visit Koloa Rum's Premier Tasting Room and Company Store at Kilohana Plantation in Puhi, Kaua`i where our award winning Premium Hawaiian Rums are available. Also popular are our rum cakes, rum fudge sauce, Kukui Brand Mai Tai Mix, jams, jellies, syrups, Koloa Rum logo wear and other unique Hawaiian made products. Open daily at 9:30am. All tastings and alcohol sales require a valid photo ID and all individuals must be 21 years or older to enter the tasting room. Please enjoy responsibly!
Edmonton, Canada
Level 5 Contributor
61 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
“A Taste Koloa”
Reviewed October 8, 2012

Sure... you could call it just another souvenir store and they want you to buy their products. This one is different though... you get actual samples of the rum. The "bar tender" is a bit of an entertainer as you are explained the finese of tasting rum. It's not a bad idea to support the local industry either. Outside you can tour a beautiful yard, take a train ride and tour the old plantation mansion. Worth the stop.

Visited January 2012
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Spokane, Washington
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“Best rum in the world”
Reviewed October 3, 2012

I have been a fan of Koloa Rum since the day the opened. I was in Kauai about a month after they opened the Rum Company and fell in love with their dark rum. We were there today and picked up some items and would recommend all their rums for everyone to try.

The Koloa rum store is a great place to visit. Their rum cake is the best I have ever had. Make sure you get one. The rum cake is great for the flight back to the mainland. It is hard to leave the islands, but on the long flight home, having some rum cake brings you back to Kauai.

Visited October 2012
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Raleigh, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Fun!”
Reviewed September 30, 2012

We went to a rum tasting here. The staff was very friendly and eager to answer questions. The rum cake is really good!

Visited November 2011
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Vancouver, B.C.
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“Fun & informative rum tasting but beware of inflated gift shop prices.”
Reviewed September 28, 2012

Stopped at the Koloa Rum store this past September, 2012. I would recommend the rum tasting, which is informative, and lets you sample their product range. The rum is very good, and apparently their dark rum wins awards. I enjoy their dark rum and buy a bottle or two every time I visit Kauai.

I was dissappointed that their gift shop appears to gouge tourists with high prices for their product. HINT: Don't buy the dark rum from their shop, buy it for $5 cheaper per bottle at the Costco in Kauai. Small Kauai businesses love to push the "buy local Kauai" line, and I love to oblige them, but you should be able to go directly to source for the best price - anything less is just taking advantage of tourists, and the "buy local" line rings hollow.

Visited September 2012
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Phoenix, Arizona
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“Once is enough”
Reviewed September 26, 2012

When we arrived we walked into an empty tasting room, we were directed to sign in at the cashier's counter in the gift shop. We had a twenty minute wait and were told that only people on the sign-up list were allowed into the tasting. However other people had gathered in the tasting room, as the bartender was checking off people from the list she allowed those who 'crashed' the tasting room to join us. Not a huge deal, except they indicate that the tasting room only holds 10 people. Well we had 8 in our party and another couple who were on the list, plus the additional 5 people she allowed in. We were elbow to elbow in the tasting room, not exactly comfortable even when you know the people you're squeezed in with--tasting was good. Seems like they try to push the rum sales at the end, which is typical I suppose. We drove out of our way to come here, probably wouldn't make a special trip back--once is enough.

Visited September 2012
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