Review: Captain Morgan Spiced Rum 100 Proof

Review: Captain Morgan Spiced Rum 100 Proof


I’ll start by saying I’m not entirely clear what the function of a new version of Captain Morgan is. The old version has a pirate on the bottle, comes from Puerto Rico, and comes in at a standard 70 proof. The new one has a pirate on the bottle, comes from Puerto Rico, and hits 100 proof. There are a couple of other versions out there, but the big seller is the old 70-proof standby. 100-proof Cap’n looks nearly identical. The only difference is a black border and a modest bit of text noting it’s “100 proof.”

So imagine my surprise to discover that the 100-proof Morgan is better than the 70-proof Morgan. Modestly better, yes, but a distinct improvement.

Flavor-wise you’ll find the two — which I tried side by side — extremely similar. Both are creamy and full of vanilla and burnt sugar flavors — hallmarks of rum — but relatively tepid in the “spiced” department. Aside from a mild touch of cinnamon, neither version is so racy that you’d need a pegleg to drink it.

The difference is all in the finish. While standard Captain Morgan has a harsh alcoholic finish, the 100-proof version is — inexplicably — quite a bit smoother. This makes absolutely no sense on its face, but repeated tastings — and even additional conscripts brought in to verify this fact — bear out its truth.

Bottom line: If you like Captain Morgan (and given that it’s one of the best-selling spirits brands in the world, many of you do), you’ll love the 100 proof variety. If you don’t like the good captain, well, give it a shot anyway. You may be surprised.

100 proof.


Captain Morgan Spiced Rum 100 Proof




Christopher Null is the founder and editor in chief of Drinkhacker. A veteran writer and journalist, he also operates Null Media, a bespoke content creation company.


  1. Anonymous on December 30, 2008 at 5:34 pm

    Captain’s is only 70 proof not 80, get your facts right.

  2. Anonymous on December 30, 2008 at 8:42 pm

    I was just about to say the same thing man haha.

  3. Christopher Null on December 30, 2008 at 9:55 pm

    Corrected. We apologize for the error.

  4. Max Gerber on January 5, 2009 at 5:14 pm

    I just tried and sampler bottle of Morgan’s 100 and your review is spot-on. I am going to try the Private Reserve next. I always thought that Morgan’s must be craap like Bacardi, but immediately it smelled and then actually tasted like rum ought to.

  5. Anonymous on July 29, 2009 at 2:41 pm

    I must also agree with the review. I’ve always kept a bottle ofthe original 70 proof Captain on hand, but one day decided I’d give the 100 a whirl. Expecting it to be harsher due to the 15% higher alcohol content, I was pleasantly surprised to find, just as you’ve described, that it is considerably smoother. As far as the balance of flavors goes, it is indeed very similar to the original, but I think that it’s definitely worth trying out.

  6. Anonymous on September 2, 2010 at 7:02 pm

    love the 100 but watch out being smoother you forget the punch

  7. barney rubble on January 20, 2012 at 11:49 am

    I bought the big bottle of captain 100 and I am sorry i did.I do not like it and will not buy it again!

  8. Maj Morty on September 5, 2014 at 4:05 pm

    Agree with your review! I couldn’t believe when I saw Captain Morgan (regular) and the 100 proof version at my local Air Force base liquor store (called a Class Six for some unknown reason), on special for only… get this… $17.90… for the 1.75L bottles!!! I felt a moral obligation to get a bottle of each even though I wasn’t low on Morgan yet… and I had never tried the 100. Holy cow… I thought it was my imagination when I tried my first glass mixed with Diet Pepsi. Was it actually better? The next several glasses confirmed my initial assessment. Now I wish I had wiped out the STORE! What a steal, and what a find!

  9. Amspi on October 7, 2014 at 5:33 pm

    I love the 100 proof captain. It is very smooth and and beautiful vanilla taste. I was hesitant to try captain Morgan because I’m not a big spiced rum fan. Captain has pulled it off. I actually enjoy it on the rocks. It is smoother than most high end scotch. Bacardi can stand on the sidelines.

  10. dale on February 19, 2015 at 5:47 pm

    Love cm 100 wish i found it sooner

  11. Anonymous on July 9, 2016 at 9:22 pm

    Good taste…strong buzz… IM DIZZAY!!!

  12. Brian on November 23, 2016 at 12:29 am

    In the past, Rite Aid drugs sold taste Morgan spice rum for $20$21 per 1,75ltr 100 proof spiced was$23 per 1.75ltr, Bought it and iwas better with different notes
    Then I found the Magic mixer, Welche’s Pashion Fruit Punch(not the one with cherries) in 1/2 gallon paper carton in the refrigerator. Instant hit with the Mrs and her friends. Guys like it too Now it seems harder to find it on sale and weed need to start looking and hopefully wind one who is also cheap

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