This has to be the most challenging category to find good ones because most add spices to disguise inferior rums. Because of the additives, most will wind up marrying you to the toilet the next day. As you can see, Captain Morgan is ranked dead last in the list below. I feel that I have been blessed by graduating from college three years before The Captain arrived in the USA, so I was spared many miserable mornings after. This list took quite a while to compile, but I did find a handful of good ones. They are ranked in order with my rating shown to the left. For whatever this list is worth, enjoy.
8 Blackwell's Reserve
7 Brinley Gold Shipwreck Spiced
7 Don Q Oak Barrel Spiced
7 El Dorado Spiced
7 Parade Spiced Rum
6 Sailor Jerry Original Spiced
6 Baron Samedi Spiced Rum
6 Siesta Key Spiced
6 Wicked Dolphin Spiced Reserve
6 Cayman Reef Spiced
6 Sailor Jerry Spiced
5 Boqueron Spiced
5 Old New Orleans Cajun Spice
5 Whaler's Spiced
5 Cruzan 9 Spice
5 Bayou Spiced
4 Monkey Spiced
4 Captain Morgan Original Spiced
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If you like spiced rum you should try To Gents Pinerum made with pineneedles
Never heard of it and it is not available where I live. However, my back yard if buried in pine needles, so I could probably make my own if I so desired.
You didn't mention Koloa Spiced Rum nor Kraken. I think both are very good spiced rums.
I have Kraken Black Spiced rated as a 4 and ranked 219 out of 240 overall. This is because it did a serious number on my system the next day. The true test of how good or bad any alcoholic beverage is how are the effects later on. Yes, the Kraken tasted pretty damn good, but look out the next day when it's wrath appears.
As for Koloa Spiced, I have been waiting to get my hands on my first bottle, but that would require a 400 mile drive. I would need more reasons than some new rums to drive that far, such as a really good concert.
I'm not very keen on spiced rum but I tried a few, what about Red Leg ? Natural flavour and not that sweet.
It's possible to tame the Kraken: mix it with hot apple juice and drink it on a cold winter day (if possible were you live)
I also cannot get Red Lag Spiced anywhere near that I live, not even at Total Wine 400 miles away.
I will keep the Kraken and hot apple juice in mind!!! However, our four seasons consists of crawfish, crabs, shrimp, and oysters. Everyone freaks out if temperatures dip below freezing. It snows about once every five years these days and all the cities basically just shut down. However, we are really good in dealing with frequent hurricanes. I quit counting how many of those that I have been through.
So, I think you don't like Dark'n'Stormy ? (sorry bad joke)
No Rene, that is actually a DAMN good joke!!! Many fools have hurricane parties and the only way to mentally survive hurricanes is with huge amounts of rum. I rode little old Hurricane Issac out in 2012. The tree branches crashed through my roof. I had to climb onto the ladder in between feeder bands with a belly full of booze and a 12 dollar hoe to get the tree branches broken away. I usually evacuate for the worst ones and bring all items that cannot be replaced with me. Then I just hope that I still have a place to go back to. One actually learns to live like this. Thank God for rum!
By the way, the original Pat O' Briens Hurricane drink was invented during Prohibition when bourbon became illegal and only Caribbean rum could be obtained from shipping illegally. So they used old kerosene lamps designed for when the power goes out after a hurricane and it became the classic hurricane glass. Then they added fruit juices including guava. One Hurricane drink from them has four ounces of rum.
However, I tried the real Dark n Stormy made with Goslings Black Seal and their Ginger Beer. It was okay, but I like much better mixed rum drinks. One good thing about taking chances on cheap crap is that it really forces one's creativity to make it drinkable. Coconut water can make all except the most vile of rums drinkable. If it turns out bland, just season it with spiced rum sparingly as if it were cayenne pepper.
I recently had the pleasure of discovering a little relatively unknown product Island Spiced Rum while on a cruise to the Island of Roatan at The Roatan Rum Company. Artisan rum infused with seven different spices is what it says on the label however the flavors are incredible, fresh bright cinamon, vanilla, allspice just pop of the pallet, quite delicious. Actually had the chance to speak with the person who blends it and he told me what makes it so good is he actually uses all fresh ingredients and infuses it for several weeks, I highly recommend this Spiced Rum.
It is a crying shame that one cannot yet get Island Spiced Rum from Roatan here in the states. It sounds great! Brinley Gold Shipwreck Spiced Rum is still my best. Lemon Hart Black Pool is also right up there with it.
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