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Kraken Black Spiced Rum was first introduced by Proximo Spirits in 2010 . The dark rum is infused with 11 “secret” spices, caramel and other natural flavors.
The rum gets its name after the mythical sea creature 'The Kraken'. As legend has it, this terrifying creature attacked ships at sea during the 18th and 19th centuries - possibly for all the rum on board.
Tasty, but not quite great
Kraken Black Spiced 40% (Caribbean/USA)
Eye: Crazy dark, thick Coke
Nose: Loads of marzipan, arrack and modeling clay to begin with. A bit "strong" at first but mellows very quickly and turns soft, almost weak, like an old, used battery you find in a drawer. It actually smells of Coke and perhaps it is designed to function as a mixer? Then artificial vanilla appears together with embrowned butter, burnt sugar, some orange and a second, even stronger, wave of arrack. It's not an off-putting smell, just not a smell that suggests something edible (read: drinkable). It's very artificial, cheap and appears to be very young.
Mouth: Oh dear. Where to start? It's very sweet and one dimensional. It actually hurts, not only me teeth but my intellect as well with its simple and lazy attitude. Lots of arrack of course (we were warned), vanilla, fresh cut, wet tobacco, chocolate and dried orange. It's like drinking "treacle & Coke". We have burnt sugar with some anonymous spices and not much else. But even so, it's not unpleasant. The ABV is actually well balanced and perfect for this one but the sugar level is through the roof and can´t be disregarded.
Reaction: I got a heads up from my friend about this one (an excuse in advance for the sample really) and with that in mind I did expect something quite nasty. This is not nasty, but rather tasty in its own weird way. However, I don't see it as a drink as much as a drink ingredient. Now, I don't tend to drink cocktails and such so for me Kraken Black Spiced will end up on the same memory-heap as many other single dimension alcoholic beverages. I never drink spirits on the rocks but with this one I might reconsider. Maybe it can be a part of an experimental lamb rack glazing or something like that?
Price: 300 SEK
Tasted: 2016, in a Riedel Sommelier Cognac XO glass at room temperature.
If this was a blackstrap rum, I would give it an 8, because it is very unique, has a beautiful color, and taste awesome. If you want a different type of dark and stormy, use Kraken and a not too gingery ginger beer. You don't want to overdo it with too much ginger and spices.
As a spiced rum, I give it a 6 for an overall score of 7. Spiced rum drinkers may add it to their collection for diversity for a small fee of $20, but at the end of the day it's a lightweight in comparison to other spiced rums. I don't actually taste 11 spices, but they well may be there. To some degree, it's like your amateur bartender's "Long Island Iced Tea"; you only taste 2 of the 11 ingredients he claims to have used and you're a little disappointed because you feel jipped (i.e. cheated, bamboozled, conned), but once it's said and done, that drink hit the spot.
It's strong! Dark rum at 47% and if u aren't careful the kraken will wreck your ship. It's a boat ride kind a drink. I love it and often it is my daily summer fun drink.
A sweet rum with a thin syrupy viscosity but there's some spice in it I just don't like. I don't understand all the high marks it gets here. Oh well...to each his own. There are simply much better spiced rums available. Bayou and Siesta Key are two that come to mind immediate. Both put Crapen...pardon me...Kraken to shame.
Sugar: 43 gpl. Tastes like Dr Pepper on steroids. You could hide this in eggnog or orange juice, but I would not serve this as a sipping rum. There are some drink recipes out there that you could use this in and one of my friends loves this with Diet Coke, while another drinks it neat. I think there are better spiced rums out there but in 2018 this rum seems to be gaining popularity.
Updated April 2018.
I was hesitant to try this rum when it first came out. I wasn't sure what to expect. Since I always have a large variety of rum on hand it wasn't a priority. I finally took the plunge & was pleasantly surprised. Not one to drink straight in my opinion but mixed with Cola it came out very well. Not one you want to over do it with but a mildly strong drink will hit the spot. Mixes incredibly well with Dr. Pepper so I recommend making that.
Tampered rum pushed to its limit. If you like to know what drinking a glass of vanilla Essence is like, try this rum. Even mixed with Coke, vanilla remains too strong. awful.
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