Rum Review: The Kracken Black Spiced Rum

Category: Carribean Black Spiced Rum

ABV: 40%

Cost: £25.63* from Master of Malt

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What they say:

As it is told, The Kraken Rum is an imported rum from the Caribbean blended with secret spices. Named for the sea beast of myth and legend, The Kraken Rum is strong, rich, black and smooth.

It is said that a ship carrying one of the largest quantities of black spiced rum ever to be brought over from the Caribbean islands, for unexplained reasons, never reached its destination. Stories were plentiful, and while an attack by the Kraken is suspected, no stories were ever confirmed.

Barrels carrying this black spiced rum drifted off the ship into the sea and the rum was renamed after the Kraken as a tribute (some say as a “sacrifice”) to this beast’s unchallengable power and might. There are few first-hand accounts of encounters with the Kraken, as most who encounter the Kraken do not live to tell the tale.

One seafarer’s diary that was discovered washed-up on one of the smaller Pacific islands holds an encounter with what scientists have deduced must have been the Kraken.

AS THEY SAY, “To not respect the power of the Kraken is to not respect the sea.” So drink with respect.

What I say:

The Kraken is a black spiced rum from the Carribean, launched in the UK in 2010 with wonderful marketing. Unlike Dark Rum’s whose colour is a product of barrel-ageing (much like whisky), Black Rum is coloured using blackstrap (treacle) molasses similar to the use of E150 caramel in colouring whisky. The Kraken is made from Carribean rums aged for only 1 or 2 years so the colour is more than likely from molasses than any barrel-influence. The spiced component comes from the addition of 11 (or 13 – official information varies) secret spices added.

Colour:

Charred wood black/brown (19/20), fine tears leave fine legs

Nose:

Dark fruit, molasses, prunes, woody oak, vanilla essence or vanilla pods, burnt treacle toffee, roasted coffee beans or grounds, sweet toffee, cinnamon and clove

Taste:

Sweet spun sugar, caramelised toffee, crème brulee topping (toasted Demerara sugar) and crème caramel sauces, hints of espresso coffee, dark chocolate, liqourice, black cherry, black pepper, cinnamon, clove oil, ginger and orange oil/zest

Finish:

Medium, dark spun sugar and chocolate coated coffee beans

Overall:

Very pleasant with quite light flavours making it inoffensive enough to drink neat but carry well when mixed (rum & cola with a slice of fresh lime being my favourite)

Score: 80/100

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