Club Kokomo Spirits, founded by Mike Love, singer, songwriter and co-founder of the Beach Boys, introduced its new line of premium rums. 

Love’s aspirations started years ago when he was enjoying a mojito while humming the chorus of his co-authored hit song, “Kokomo,” the company notes. His penchant for wordplay took over as he uttered the word “Kokomojito,” and, ever since, Mike’s vision has been to share the spirit of Kokomo with the world, it says.

"The spirit of Kokomo is the serenity and good vibrations you feel when hanging out with your closest friends or family, preferably on a sandy beach,” Love said in a statement. “We took it, distilled it and bottled it for everyone who takes a sip to enjoy, anywhere. Much like a Beach Boys song.”

The new line — featuring Artisanal White Rum, Barrel Finished Rum and Tahitian Vanilla Rum — is clean, complex and distilled locally in San Diego, the company says. 

Each expression is a unique blend of demerara cane sugar rum and traditional Jamaican pot still rum, as follows:

•    Artisanal White Rum: With an aroma of honey and pineapple, the first sip brings flavors of fruit with an element of complexity, followed by a smooth finish with refreshing notes of melon and mango. No added sugar or artificial flavoring.

•    Barrel Finished Rum: Featuring a proprietary blend of eight and 10-year-old Jamaican, Barbadian and Dominican rums, the Barrel Finished Rum is aged in new oak and ex-whiskey casks. It is blended exclusively by master distiller, Geoff Longenecker, and finished in hand-selected bourbon barrels. This rum boasts a woodsy aroma with soft vanilla, plus flavors of oak and caramel with lingering hints of bourbon and stone fruit.

•    Tahitian Vanilla Rum: With a delicate and sweet floral aroma, this well-balanced rum boasts tasting notes of vanilla and spice with a smooth finish. It leaves lingering hints of vanilla achieved using fragrant, ripe, whole Tahitian vanilla beans.

Founded in 2022, Club Kokomo Spirits produces award-winning rum and gin-based ready-to-drink (RTD) canned cocktails in addition to the three new rum offerings. Distilling operations are headed by Geoff Longenecker, founder and owner of distillery Seven Caves Spirits. 

With a passion for how dynamic and delicious rum can be, Longenecker started distilling rum back in 2017, with inspiration drawn from La Jolla’s sea caves and rich local botanicals, the company says. 

“Making a rum this good is all about the precision of the craft along with our expertise and Mike Love’s vision,” Longnecker added. “With naturally derived ingredients that provide a clean yet complex finish, this line of rum is one you’re definitely going to want to get your hands on.”

Packaged in 750-ml bottles, Club Kokomo’s Artisanal Rum, Barrel Finished Rum and Tahitian Vanilla Rum now are available to purchase at select local retailers and online by visiting the company’s website.