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Release the Kraken! And approach this drink with a strong nerve and steel resolve. The Kraken Black Spiced Rum is a notable import from Trinidad and Tobago, so named for the squid-like sea monster of myth and legend. It's a dark spiced Caribbean rum in an old-style bottle that will make anyone channel their inner pirate and sing yo-ho-ho.
Kraken Rum was introduced in 2010. Its base rum is distilled in Trinidad from sweet molasses made from locally-sourced sugarcane. The rum is then aged one to two years and blended with The Kraken's mix of special spices, which includes clove, ginger and cinnamon. When held up to the light in a glass, the rum is black with subtle brown hints.
Many are drawn to The Kraken Black Spiced Rum for the bottle, which is styled after a classic Victorian rum bottle. The bottle features two hoop handles that would have been used to hang the container and prevent breakages.
The best thing about The Kraken is its depth of flavors. As with any drink, the aroma is what hits you first. The Kraken boasts a nutty scent with coffee, vanilla, cherryade and gunpowder, immediately setting the tone for a wonderful sensory experience. As for the taste, the spiced rum is almost cola-like in its vanilla-style spice. Slightly sweet, The Kraken offers hints of espresso coffee, cinnamon, creamy caramel, cloves and gingerbread. All this gives way to a long, peppery finish, which perfectly sums up the rum's spiciness. It's a satisfying, drinkable rum with a broad appeal.
So, how do you drink The Kraken? We suggest enjoying The Kraken on the rocks in a nice tumbler. If you prefer to mix your own cocktails, The Kraken will not disappoint! Use it to make a Dark and Stormy, which is just black spiced rum and ginger beer. Another good option is The Perfect Storm, which blends The Kraken, ginger beer, Angostura bitters, sugar syrup and lime over ice. You also can't beat the classic Rum and Coke.