Today we are doing a Kraken Spiced Rum review because so many of our fans love kraken spiced rum. This is a black rum, not too unlike other blackstrap rum but a bit overproof and not as sweet.

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Kraken Spiced Rum comes in at an affordable rate, usually mid $20 range and brings molasses and spices like clove, cinnamon, vanilla and others right to the forefront. I found Kraken Spiced Rum bringing lots of vanilla notes, no doubt from some charred white oak that’s helped sweeten up the flavor profile.

The black color could come through barrel aging, caramel color or even a bit from the use of dunder (the molasses “brew” used to distill rum), some companies will add a bit to the final product to darken and really kick up the molasses appeal.

Kraken Black Spiced Rum is pretty strong on brand loyalty and intensity, which I attribute to a successful marketing campaign aligned against the crazy kraken mythology around the rum itself.

The fancy Kraken Black Spiced Rum bottle lends itself to simplicity balanced against intrigue. While other brands try to get all crazy with designs and imagery, the folks at Kraken Black Spiced Rum keep it fairly simple utilizing a vintage bottle design with two thumb grips along with a neat little Kraken on the label.

It’s not that hot on the face considering the overproof nature of the product, but the light sweetness may counter balance it along side the use of our Norlan Glassware which helps accent the flavor and remove the ethanol nose; I suggest you pickup a set if you’re going to be nose deep in tastings like we are with Kraken Black Spiced Rum.

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