Thanks so much for submitting a report. It has been emailed to the Rum Captain and will be actioned shortly.
Kea is diesel powered agricole rum . More fuel like pungency than earthiness this agriCole rum is still kindling it's way. Sold in hand numbered small batche 300ml bottles this rum is different every time. sometimes floral and earthy, sometimes gasolinel farts and jasmine. Since you have to buy on person in the distallery or online, go in.person. The tour and tastingis great and fun. However, make sure the bottle you buy matches the batch number of the rum you tasted or you might be surprised.
Also ask for the Hapa which is 10 out of 10 whitell
agricole and try the aged and liqueur vetsions. All are interesting and bold.
I had the opportunity to taste 3 single-varietal agricoles—the ones that variously go into the Kea blend. All are unaged, and bottled at 40% ABV. Here are my thoughts:
1. Kea Lahi - Small, yellow cane; frail, fragile, delicate. N: grassy, hint of vanilla marshmallow. P: same; gentle, uninspiring.
2. Kea Manulele - Purple and green striped cane. N: fruitier. Touch of creamed corn funk. A little brinier on the palate.
3. Kea Mahai'ula - The cane was supposedly named after a red fish. N: Rustier, cherries. Smokey. P: has a bite. Sometimes sweeter, sometimes dryer.
The noses on all of these are relatively faint, and then they pretty much fall apart on the palate. The rep said the reason for the low proofs was so they would be more approachable to, basically, tourists. But in the process, they're alienating much of the rum community—especially with white agricoles, which are generally bottled at 50%. The rest of their operation/mission is super rum-nerdy (and they're already bottling these in half sizes and charging full price for them), so why bottle them so weak? Or why not at least have a higher-strength option? There's a lot of potential here.
If you're a fan of agricole style rums, Kō Hana KEA is definitely unique. A bit aggressive, the flavor is noticeably less grassy than a traditional Martinique offering. It tastes of pepper and diesel fuel. The bottle is elegantly presented, but is considerably higher priced than most Martinique white agricoles. I wanted to like it more than I actually did. I may try another bottle since they're all small batch productions.
This is a very nice Agricole, which compares well with rhum Agricole's from Martinique.
Smells and tastes of sugarcane, brine, and pepper. If you're into this style, then I HIGHLY recommend you try their KEA - Collection clear Agricole. That's one of the all time great Agricole's that I've tried. :-)