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Captain Morgan Black Spiced Rum
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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.