Rum Review: The Kraken Black Spiced Rum

by James Bollen

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Kraken Spiced Rum

After the forecasting of Hurricane Sandy to hit the east coast, I stocked up on necessary supplies as well as dark spiced rum to wear out the storm. I picked up a bottle of Kraken Black Spiced Rum.  The Kraken is a black molasses based rum infused with various spices. This rum is able is priced around $20.

Product Specifics

Producer: Kraken

Country: Trinidad

Type: Spice Rum

Website: www.krakenrum.com

ABV: 94 Proof (47%)

Bottle: 750 mL

Appearance

The bottle is interesting with a white background with a black squid reaching its tentacles up to bring down a ship on the ocean. The rum is a dark mahogany that is almost black. Very little light makes it through the rum.

Nose

The initial whiff is alcohol but clove, cinnamon, nutmeg, maple, and molasses begin to open up.

Palette

Medium body with kitchen spices from the nose in addition to dried fruit.

Finish

The ending is smooth with molasses.

Cigar Pairing

This rum would pair nicely with a medium to full-bodied cigar with a maduro or habano wrapper that is Nicaraguan. I would recommend a Camacho Triple Maduro, Rocky Patel Decade and 15th Anniversary, and Illusione f9.

Conclusion

Kraken Spiced Rum is a welcome addition to the spiced rum market. This rum is a great value that is versatile. I found this rum worked well neat, on the rocks, but was particularly a great mixer. I found it worked well in coke and made an excellent Dark N Stormy.

Grade:

B+

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