Hey, Captain Morgan fans — while there are plenty of other, interesting spiced rums on the market, perhaps it’s time to consider something a little further afield. Why not check out Gaur Spice, a spiced whiskey, instead?
Gaur Spice, originated by North Charleston-based Spectrum Spirits, starts with “handcrafted small batch American whiskey” — further details are not provided — that is spiced with four ingredients: cinnamon, cloves, ginger, and nutmeg. The packaging proclaims this to be “the essence of Indian heritage,” though the description sounds a lot more like mom’s apple pie.
Turns out that’s not far from the mark.
Very spice-heavy on the nose, Gaur Spice kicks off with aromas of cinnamon and nutmeg and a heavy gingerbread character — essentially an amalgam of all the spices that appear in the blend. The palate largely follows suit, with baking spices leading the way to notes of whiskey-fueled vanilla and, later on, some notes of apple cake and almond cookies. While all the spices remain hefty throughout, cinnamon is particularly strong on the finish.
All told, it’s a very capable and credible alternative to spiced rum, and I wouldn’t hesitate to sub it into any cocktail recipe that calls for ye olde Cap’n — or even sip it straight should the mood demand it.
B+ / $30 / spicewhiskey.com