Heavy-bodied or dark rums are in general used in rum punches and are pooled with light rum in many cocktails such as a Hurricane. These are the richest rums that get their flavor from being aged in charred oak casks. In addition, adding up a rich, sweet flavor to cocktails, these are the favored sipper of the rum family, mainly Angostura 1824 and Barbanco 15 year.
A subcategory of these rums are called blackstrap. These are formed from the darkest molasses produced by the third boiling while refining sugar and the resultant rum is equally as dark, rich, and thick. Examples of blackstrap rums are Cruzan Black Strap and Captain Morgan Black Spiced Rum.
Cruzan Black Strap
Look at the back the first bar you walk into after you have landed on St. Croix in the US Virgin Islands and you will discern with no doubt what the island?s rum is. Cruzan is the only distillery on the island and the locals take a certain conceit in that fact. Every bar visited had Cruzan cocktails on the menu, Cruzan rums in the well and a stock of every bottling the distillery produces ready and waiting.
To date (2009) Cruzan Rum is manufacturing 15 rums including a Single Barrel Estate, 151 Proof, Black Strap, Light Two Year and Dark Two Year; tropical flavors that include banana, coconut, citrus, guava, mango, pineapple, black cherry raspberry and vanilla and a decadent Rum Cream. If we weigh out the quality, craftsmanship, family values, versatility and mixability, the line of Cruzan Rums is inspiring.
Captain Morgan Black Spiced Rum
In April, 2012 Captain Morgan Black Spiced Rum was freed to the U.S. market. This new addition to the brand’s assortment is a marriage of rich blackstrap Caribbean rum and an amendment of their signature spice mix. The result is nothing short of motivating, rum with more character than you could expect and astonish about all corner. This may not become your daily rum of choice, nor is it going to work in each drink. However, it will craft a nice occasional addition to the bar, particularly when a tropical drink with depth or a dark dessert drink is labeled for.
About Captain Morgan Black Spiced Rum
Blackstrap rums are not the most common variety available, however they are quite tasty. The majority of blackstraps are rich and delicious, very sweet and thick as molasses. While this profile is great and rather useful, they often lack anything beyond the saccharine drink base. Captain Morgan Black, though, adds a layer that steps this style of rum into another monarchy.
Clove and cassia bark are just two of the spices added to the Caribbean blackstrap rum used as the base for Captain Morgan Black. It is also barreled in double charred, blackened oak, which adds still more interesting notes to this bold rum.
1.Caribbean black strap rum with select spices and natural flavors.
2.94.6 proof (47.3% alc/volume)
3.Retails for around $21.99/750ml bottle
4.Released in April, 2012
Tasting panel assembled, we put Captain Morgan Black to the test and it priced well for the most part. The consensus is that it gets better with water and ice. This is one of those rums whose bouquet opens up with water, just like a number of whiskies. This simple change brings out the unique aspects of the thick, dark rum, allowing you to taste the the clove and cassia bark; notes of anise, vanilla, and chocolate also make a wafting appearance. There is also an interesting undertone of whiskey-saturated oak, which likely came from the deeply charred barrels.
Straight sipping figured out, it was time to experiment how Captain Morgan Black holds up in the panel’s go-to mixed drink, the Gombo. This is an easy mix of spiced rum, orange juice, and Mountain Dew and is a good gauge for how the blackstrap works with citrus. Not one Gombo drinker disliked this variation. Though it may not make a regular appearance in the future, it will remain on as an option. The distinction between Black and the original Captain Morgan is in the notes of anise that pop out in this drink, and that, along with the sultry vanilla tone, intrigued many on the panel.
In another thought, this rum can become a whiskey substitute. Browsing the Captain Morgan Black recipes provided, it is noticeable that this is a good route to go down. Drinks like the Old-fashioned, Perfect Manhattan, Highball, and Hot Toddy are all feasible options if you simply modify the whiskey for this rum. Also, we cannot forget one of the more obvious uses, a Dark & Stormy, nor the dessert empire which might include rum for vodka change in a White Russian. It is amazingly flexible liquor if given a shot.
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