Koloa Rum Company has launched Kaua’i Cacao Rum in partnership with Kaua’i’s Lydgate Farms. The new chocolate-flavored offering from the Kaua’i-based distillery is made with Hawaiian-grown cacao from the fifth generation Kaua’i family farm.
Koloa Kaua’i Cacao Rum is created by steeping Lydgate Farms’ roasted cacao nibs in Koloa Kaua’i Gold Rum from 9 to 18 days. During the process, the Rum extracts natural flavor and color from the cacao to create a distinctive chocolate spirit with notes of rich, creamy mocha highlighted by subtle spice.
“The debut of Koloa Kaua’i Cacao Rum is our first flavored rum release in five years, and we are so pleased to have created this rum in collaboration with the Lydgate Farms ‘ohana,” said Koloa Rum President and CEO Bob Gunter. “At Koloa Rum Company, everything we do is deeply rooted in our commitment to the land we call home, so we are incredibly proud to partner with our neighbors at this fifth generation family farm.”
In addition to the new Cacao Rum, Lydgate Farms has produced a new, rich Rum chocolate bar with the Rum-soaked cacao nibs used in creating the Rum. The rum-infused cacao nibs are returned to Lydgate Farms, where they are refined with organic cane sugar to create a 75% dark chocolate bar with a distinct rum flavor unique to Kaua’i.
“I could not imagine a more perfect pair than Lydgate Farms and Koloa Rum,” said Lydgate Farms CEO Will Lydgate. “Not only do we share the same values in regard to being stewards of the land and culture here on Kaua’i, but we also share a passion for quality, flavor, and local agriculture that is evident in both of these new products. Chocolate and rum – a match made in paradise, grown on Kaua’i.”
The initial batch of Kaua’i Cacao Rum is available in limited quantities, and can be purchased from various retailers across Hawaii and select states on the U.S mainland.