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Flawed with a glimmer of hope
This is diluted Kraken (70 proof instead of 94) sold for about $0.5-1 less. Simple as that. Same overwhelming vanilla taste with a predictably weaker burn. Not the worst I've had straight (which is why it gets a 2), but definitely not a rum I'd like to drink straight regularly. It also can't be drunk on the rocks as it becomes a watered down mess, and the rum and coke I made with this tasted like vanilla Coke mixed with water. I couldn't even taste the rum. Don't waste your money on this one.
Everyone went wild when this first came out and how they raved about it. Tried it, far, far too sweet for me with an awful, overbearing, vanilla taste, and, well, just bad. Not my cup of tea at all...
I’ve tried this one and wouldn’t recommend it for much of anything. Stick to the black spiced if you choose to go with kraken.
I usually get a Dark and Stormy when out to eat and always ask what the best dark rum they have is. Most everywhere it's Meyers...and I do not like Meyers, so recently tried one with Kraken at a restaurant that had this and the waitress recommended. Good thin she was cute, only thing this rum had going for it. Can't decide which is worse, Meyers ro Kraken, so I will call it a tie for equally bad.
I agree with other reviewers that this one (70 proof black label) is not as good as the 94 proof white label. There is too much added flavor, mostly vanilla, with no kick behind it. You can totally skip this one and only try the 94. If you are curious, buy a small sample bottle. After trying it, I’m really glad I didn’t buy a large bottle.
One last note... I do at least appreciate that there is no outright trickery here. Like others in this line, it is clearly labeled as “spiced rum” and “blended with spice, natural flavors, and carmel color.”
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