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Tasting: Obahoshe Rum from Prairie Wolf Distilling


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There are days, honestly, where I’m not sure what this website is supposed to be. Is it here for restaurant reviews? Industry news? Snarky asides? An excuse for my non-stop gluttony?

Okay, it’s definitely that last one, but also it’s just generally about people who love food and the food people love. And one food a lot of us love is actually a poison that causes us to act weird and exhibit adverse symptoms, including:

- Thinking you can dance

- Talking to attractive strangers

- Thinking attractive strangers want to talk to you

And, in extreme cases

- Headaches and throwing up

My drink of choice is vodka, because I’m a fancy city dandy boy who enjoys mixing sweet juices and sodas into my poison.

Obahoshe inland-style rum

Now I might have a new spirit haunting my liquor cabinet, because I tasted Prairie Wolf’s new Obahoshe rum and daaaaaaaaaaaaang — that’s some good stuff.

Earlier this year, Chef Jonathon Stranger and brothers Drew and Erik Tekell bought Prairie Wolf from the founders, the Merritt family, and set about making it their own.

Since then, they’ve reformulated the vodka and gin and wisely left Prairie Wolf Dark coffee liqueur alone, because it’s perfect and everyone loves it.

But they’ve also expanded the portfolio with a rum that is extremely on-brand for the local-first company. Obahoshe is the Seminole word for “wolf” and this rum is made using Seminole-produced sorghum syrup from Wewoka.

That’s why it’s referred to as an “inland-style rum.” Historically, rum was made from sugarcane that was imported and taxed by the British. Early immigrants to America got around this tax by using locally grown sugar products, including sorghum.

Obahoshe isn’t Captain Morgan or Sailor Jerry or any of those other dark spiced rums. This is a very lightly colored spirit with notes of banana, pineapple and kola nut. You can mix it into cocktails, but I recommend you give it a straight sip or two first.

There's definitely an alcoholic heat coming off the liquor, but it's milder on the palate. The flavor is addictive. Each sip primes you for the next one and pretty soon the glass is empty and maybe you should stay sitting for a minute, geez Greg, it’s like 9 a.m. why are you tasting rum at this hour?!

Or at least that was my experience.

Starting today, you can find Obahoshe in your finer liquor stores and some that are even better than fine.

About the Author

Founder and Eater-in-Chief of I Ate Oklahoma, Greg Elwell has been reviewing restaurants and writing about Oklahoma’s food culture for more than a decade. Where a normal person orders one meal, this guy gets three. He is almost certainly going to die young and those who love him most are fairly ambivalent about it. You can email Greg at greg@iateoklahoma.com.