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Paul B (PREMIUM)

Posted 14 Feb '19 from United States with 310 ratings

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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Casper11

From Denmark with 0 ratings Replied 5 Mar '19

If you like spiced rum you should try To Gents Pinerum made with pineneedles

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Paul B (PREMIUM)

From United States with 310 ratings Replied 5 Mar '19

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.

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Falcon91Wolvrn03 (PREMIUM)

From United States with 435 ratings Replied 10 May '19

You didn't mention Koloa Spiced Rum nor Kraken. I think both are very good spiced rums.

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Paul B (PREMIUM)

From United States with 310 ratings Replied 10 May '19

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.

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Rene Rum

From Switzerland with 351 ratings Replied 10 May '19

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)

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Paul B (PREMIUM)

From United States with 310 ratings Replied 10 May '19

Rene:

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.

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Rene Rum

From Switzerland with 351 ratings Replied 10 May '19

So, I think you don't like Dark'n'Stormy ? (sorry bad joke)

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Paul B (PREMIUM)

From United States with 310 ratings Replied 11 May '19

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.

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luckydog

From United States with 0 ratings Replied 14 Dec '19

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.

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Paul B (PREMIUM)

From United States with 310 ratings Replied 15 Dec '19

luckydog:

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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P3terK

From Slovakia with 3 ratings Replied 22 Jun '20

How about a Rumbullion Spiced? Or a Drunken Sailor?

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Kamamura

From Czech Republic with 29 ratings Replied 22 Jun '20

I have finally succumbed to the hype after many years, and bought a bottle of Old J. Instant regrets - thin, watery, sweet, awful.

But Foursquare Spiced rum is both non-sweetened and decent.

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Paul B (PREMIUM)

From United States with 310 ratings Replied 23 Jun '20

Where I live, I cannot get Rumbullion Spiced or Drunken Sailor, nor can I have them shipped to me. As for Foursquare Spiced, it is now my third favorite spiced rum, since it has been 16 months since I first started this discussion. I recently created another discussion on my top spiced rums because there will be no more experiments. My system just cannot handle whatever is in them the next day. It is probably due to the nutmeg.

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LostSoul

From Greece with 14 ratings Replied 23 Jun '20

I love the spiced category. I highly recommend:

Sadler 's Peaky Blinder Black Spiced
Foursquare Spiced
St Lucia Chairman 's Reserve Spiced
Bayou Spiced

Many praise the Pineapple Grenade Overproof Spiced from Rock Star Spirits, but it doesn 't ship to my location. I also hear the best of comments on Siesta Key, but likewise, it is unavailable in my place. Those four though, were instant deal-makers for me! And each one of them has different qualities, even. I finally hypothesize that Foursquare specifically, can be liked by those who don 't like spiced rum at all and especially, those who hate sugary rum. Captain Morgan is good mixer but terrible sipper and Sailor Jerry i have never tried, but many consider it to be a very basic, upstart rum. Red Leg or something, also picked my interest. Need to experiment more.

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Paul B (PREMIUM)

From United States with 310 ratings Replied 27 Jun '20

P3terK:

The first Total Wine And More store in Louisiana opened up this morning and I scored me a bottle of Drunken Sailor. Hilarious label! Raters either love it or hate it. I will need to sip it very sparingly to avoid ill effects the next day. I will form my own opinion and rate it in the next few days, along with 7 other new rums that I have never tried. So much for keeping my reviews below 300.

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Immiketoo

From Greece with 17 ratings Replied 29 Jun '20

Nothing like a cheap hoe to ride out a hurricane, Paul...

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P3terK

From Slovakia with 3 ratings Replied 29 Jun '20

Paul B:
Please do let me know how did Drunken Sailor stand in your test, the reviews are really good so if it would be possible for me I'd have a bottle at home already.
Unfortunately, it's impossible to get it in the Europe, although I still didn't open the Rumbullion and I'm very excited to try it out. I will write a review on that one for sure soon.

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Paul B (PREMIUM)

From United States with 310 ratings Replied 29 Jun '20

P3terK:

I reviewed Drunken Sailor Spiced Rum two days ago as a 6 out of 10. Within all 26 spiced rums that I have rated, it comes in at number 13, so it is just an average tasting spiced rum for me. The label is hilarious!!!!

Immiketoo:

I forgot which of my reviews the "12 dollar hoe" crept into, but that was a true story from Hurricane Issac in 2012.. I chose to ride that one out because it was not supposed to be bad. So I did that with a belly full of booze. Then tree branches came crashing down and ripped shingles from my roof. In between feeder bands and with the nerve acquired from all that booze, I climbed up on the ladder to use that 12 dollar hoe to remove the rest of the branches so that they would not do any more damage. I assure you, the double meaning of "12 dollar hoe" was intentional!

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Immiketoo

From Greece with 17 ratings Replied 30 Jun '20

Ahahahahahahahahahahah! In some parts of the world, that’s an expensive hoe :)

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