June 30, 2010 (Day 151) — The Kraken Rum Review, featuring the Scurvy Dog
Booze is a great birthday present. Especially when it’s booze you can’t get your hands on nearby can actually get in town! Which is why when my brother-in-law returned from a sojurn to Kansas City, I was psyched to discover he brought with him three liquors I was eager to try.
One such liquor was The Kraken — Black Spiced Rum. I wasn’t sure how it would taste, because I hadn’t really even heard that much about it. However, I freaking loved the bottle. I’m a designers wet dream — put it in a cool bottle with a cool label and I’m hooked.
Luckily, it wasn’t just the bottle that was pleasing. The rum itself was quite pleasant.
Tasted neat, The Kraken is actually a pretty complex rum, which isn’t a bad thing in the least bit. The first whiff from taking a… well… whiff… is that of vanilla. It was akin to taking a deep breath of some vanilla extract, with some extra spices and whatnot hanging out on the end.
It tasted even better. The start of the liquor is incredibly smooth, with a biting aftertaste. Love it. My first thought was to pair this with ginger beer (I use Goyas), as that would be one hell of a kick in the teeth. Unfortunately, I didn’t have any on hand. So, I had another idea. I came up with…
The Scurvy Dog:
3 oz Kraken
1/2 lime squeezed
Ginger ale to top
Build your drink in a highball glass filled with ice. Stir once. Best enjoyed under the dark of night, all lamps snuffed, quiet as possible, lest the beast awaken from it’s slumber.
This is excellent. The sweet spiciness of the rum is a bit muted, while the lemon brings out the molasses taste of the rum. The ginger ale is a great mixer, working together with the other ingredients. It’s not an “in your face” kind of drink, but rather subdued. The vanilla taste is still there, with the spiciness hanging out for the afterparty. It could still use some tweaking, but it’s pretty dang good as it stands now.
And as for Kraken? Love it. I’ll just have to make it stretch since it’s not at my beck and call. If you have access to it, get it. It’s worth it.