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Kraken Black Spiced Rum PDF Print E-mail
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Kraken Black Spiced Rum
Bottled by Kraken Rum Co
Lawrenceburg, IN
94 proof

By Gerard Heidgerken of Bilgemunky.com

We return once again to the world of dark rum, but find it not quite the same as before. And as with most unexpected changes in life, we can blame sea monsters. Spiced rum is a market long dominated by Captain Morgan’s Original Spiced and its like—amber rums with the inclusion of various spices “and other natural flavors” to add a hearty, yet candy-like quality to make them a bit more approachable, plus giving a little extra flair to the traditional Cuba Libre (aka Rum & Coke).

Kraken Rum broke with tradition when it decided to release its blacker-than-black spiced rum. On pouring, it’s easy to notice a quite different array of scents otherwise not found in dark rum (or if found, too subtle to be readily noticed). Vanilla, nutmeg and clove are all matched nicely with the heavy “rummy” notes beneath.

In the mouth, Kraken definitely places the requisite alcohol burn front and center, although rather than the deep warmth of some other rums, it’s more surface-level and, well, burn-like. This is likely due to Kraken’s 47% alcohol content, vs. the 40% all the previous rums we’ve discussed. Warming on the tongue produces a strong oily butterscotch flavor, and leaves a finish that sort of tastes like a campfire (but in a yummy way.)

Spiced rums aren’t generally meant to fully stand on their own, but rather as a prominent player in mixed drinks. Accompanied with Coke or any number of other concoctions, Kraken can definitely deliver, and brings a new spin to the dark rum family.

 
Captain Morgan Black Spiced Rum PDF Print E-mail
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Captain Morgan Black Spiced Rum
Bottled by Captain Morgan Rum Co
Rochester, NY
94.6 proof

By Gerard Heidgerken of Bilgemunky.com

Not to miss out on the party it helped start, Captain Morgan recently launched its own Caribbean-sourced black spiced rum, boasting “Double Charred Blackened Oak” on the front label. Not only is it far darker than the standard Captain Morgan rum, but it also boasts a whopping 47.3% ABV, thus pushing the envelope even past Kraken territory.

On pouring, the nose of Captain Morgan Black’s strikes most prominently of syrupy vanilla and (like Kraken and Brugal) butterscotch. The alcohol burn doesn’t hit as much as I’d expect from this potent spiced, just barely tickling the back of the sinuses.

On the tongue you’re hit with vanilla and clove which, combined with the usual burn, gives a strong cinnamon sensation not unlike a liquid version of Big Red gum. The cinnamon becomes sharply more pronounced as the rum warms, having its way with the back of the tongue while leaving the rest of the mouth largely untouched. The finish carries the tingly burn to the back of the throat as the tongue’s heat experiences a final rise and decline, which then settles briefly on the inside of the lips.

Captain Morgan Black Spiced is another rum that I wouldn’t often sip on its own, but one that can handily fill a role in mixed drinks. Its prominent use of spices, combined with the savory creaminess brought on by its blackstrap base, offers up a bold flavor profile worth exploring.

 
Ron Abuelo Anejo Rum PDF Print E-mail
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Originally published in the Product Spotlight section of Volume 5, Issue 3 of Alcoholmanac Magazine

By Ben Alger

a picture of Ron Abuelo Anejo Rum

The Panama Canal gave the Western U.S. and Pacific Ocean countries easier accessibility for trade and commerce from the Atlantic. Consistent with that idea, Panama based Varela Hermanos SA brings us an accessible offering in Ron Abuelo Añejo (Aged) Rum. The company dates back to 1908 when Don Jose Varela Blanco launched the Republic of Panama’s first sugar mill. In 1935, the company began to distill sugar cane juice for liqueur production.

Ron Abuelo is one in a wide variety of liqueurs produced by Varela today. The rum is produced from sugar cane juice rather than molasses, and is aged in white oak bourbon casks. On the nose it’s sweet and somewhat astringent. The bark is louder than the bite though, as the mouth feel packs less of a sting and more of a lightly burnt caramel sweetness. Taste it neat or on the rocks first and think about the cocktails you’d mix it in from there. If you’re a rum novice like me, you’ll enjoy the taste and price point of this very accessible Central American rum.

 
Don Q Gran Añejo PDF Print E-mail
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a picture of Don Q Gran Anejo rum

Destileria Serralles, Inc.
Puerto Rico


In it’s birthplace of Puerto Rico, Don Q rum, named after the famous literary hero Don Quixote, reigns supreme. From it’s humble beginnings as a local rum distiller, the actual brand was born in 1932 as an answer to the local demand for a smoother rum.

The Don Q Gran Añejo is the mac daddy of the Don Q line. It has a big molasses nose with hints of candy spice. The mouth is warm, with the traditional caramel flavor of a long-aged rum predominant. Slowly, the flavor morphs into a smooth vanilla with hints of honey. Short and sweet, the flavor quickly fades after the swallow, leaving you wanting more. This Gran Añejo could easily be poured over ice and enjoyed all day long.

 
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