It’s another weekend and with it comes another rum. This time it was Kraken Black Spiced Rum, a Caribbean 94 proof, 47% abv, black rum that has only been on the market for around four years.
Kraken, which is named after the mythical giant squid sea monster, is distilled from molasses made from locally sourced sugar cane. It is aged for 1 – 2 years and then blended with a mix of 11 spices. It is by far the darkest rum I’ve tried, even held up to the light it is almost completely opaque.
There’s not really much background information to know about the rum. It appeared in 2010 and since then the company behind it has been working hard to make it a commercial success. My feeling is that it will succeed as it’s a very enjoyable drink. It’s smooth and slightly sweet and spiced enough to give it an interesting mix of flavours with hints of vanilla and toffee
I’ve been told that not only does it work as a sipping rum, but it also works extremely well in cocktails as it has a distinctive flavour without being too overpowering. I’m yet to try it in a cocktail, but I’m prepared to believe it.
The only other thing there is to mention about Kraken is the bottle’s design. It is styled in the fashion of a traditional Victorian rum bottle complete with two loop handles at the base of the neck which it can be hung upon. The label has a drawing of a giant squid on it and overall it’s quite a fun thing to display on the shelf....