Spiced Rum

The brand Captain Morgan is synonymous with spiced rum, but the category has recently seen a surge of activity in the form of new brands both mainstream and artisan. Spiced rum is rum flavored with a selection of spices which vary from producer to producer, but which generally include cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, cardamom, and/or vanilla. Spiced rum is commonly barrel aged, at least for a time, and usually features added sugar and caramel for additional color. It is most commonly served in a tall drink, mixed with cola.

Top Spiced Rum Posts:

Captain Morgan Original Spiced Rum
Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum
Bumbu Rum
Spytail Black Ginger Rum

Review: Cotton & Reed White Rum, Dry Spiced Rum, and Allspice Dram

By Drew Beard | April 10, 2021 |

Cotton & Reed opened its doors in 2016 in Washington, D.C.’s trendy Union Market neighborhood, becoming the first rum distillery ever in the District. The distillery prides itself on making interesting rums with flavors specifically geared toward cocktails, although neat sipping is encouraged, as well. They also promote a “restrained approach to sugar,” meaning these…

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Review: Bacardi Spiced Rum (2021)

By Christopher Null | January 15, 2021 |

Bacardi Spiced Rum isn’t exactly a new product: Bacardi launched it back in 2011 as Bacardi Oakheart. For whatever reason, the brand is relaunching the product, dropping “Oakheart” and revamping the packaging with a more classical, refined look. It’s still a Puerto Rico-distilled product, aged rum blended with natural flavors and spices — and priced to…

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Review: The Kraken Black Roast Coffee Rum

By Christopher Null | October 19, 2020 |

The Kraken has been a big player in the spiced rum space since it launched in 2009, owing variously to its evocatively maritime bottle, dark black color, and exceptionally high quality. Now, The Kraken is launching a curious line extension, a coffee-flavored version of its rum, available as a limited edition. The Kraken Black Roast…

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Review: Chairman’s Reserve Original Rum and Spiced Rum (2020)

By Christopher Null | July 20, 2020 |

Two years ago we took our first foray into Saint Lucia’s Chairman’s Reserve brand. Today we have another round with the Chairman, including both the mainline “Original” as well as the brand’s spiced rum. Both are 80 proof. Chairman’s Reserve Original Rum (2020) – This is a blend of column and pot still rum, average…

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Review: TOPO Vodka, Wheat Whiskey, and Spiced Rum (2020)

By Drew Beard | March 16, 2020 |

We tasted the clear spirits of Top of the Hill Distillery (TOPO), including their white whiskey, way back in 2013. The Chapel Hill, North Carolina-based distillery has been hard at work tweaking, adding new products, and barrel-aging their whiskey since then, so we thought we would check in on their latest offerings. TOPO is one…

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Review: Soggy Dollar Dark Rum and Spiced Rum

By Christopher Null | August 13, 2019 |

The Soggy Dollar Bar calls the British Virgin Islands its home, specifically the island of Jost Van Dyke, where the bar overlooks the picturesque White Bay. Soggy Dollar, like many a fine bar, recently decided to get into the booze business itself — what better to use with its own collection of cocktails — and…

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Review: Roulaison Rum – Barrel-Aged Reserve, Overproof, and Amer

By Christopher Null | August 2, 2019 |

We first encountered Roulaison Rum — pot-distilled in New Orleans from 100% Louisiana molasses — back in 2017. Since then, the company has significantly expanded its offerings from its single white rum offering to a quartet of them. Today we round out our coverage by looking at the three additional products in the lineup. Roulaison…

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Review: Greenbar Distillery Tru Vodkas, Crusoe Rums, and Slow Hand Whiskeys (2019)

By Christopher Null | March 13, 2019 |

Founded in 2004, LA-based Greenbar Distillery is a stalwart pioneer of craft distillation. We’ve covered their spirits multiple times over the years, including looks at malt whiskey, an amazing amaro, and even vodkas dating back to before the company was even called Greenbar. Today we look at six products from Greenbar, including two vodkas (which…

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Review: Captain Morgan Original Spiced Rum

By Christopher Null | May 20, 2018 |

Over the years we’ve reviewed a whopping 12 varieties of Captain Morgan rum — but never the original spiced variety. That finally changes today as part of our quest to fill in any holes in our database. Captain Morgan Original plays its cards close to the vest. Described as a “secret blend of Caribbean rums,”…

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Review: Bumbu Rum

By Christopher Null | March 27, 2018 |

Spiced rum tends to follow a pretty well-worn path. But Bumbu is something quite different, and well worth exploring. The rum starts with sugarcane sourced from all over Latin America: Barbados, Belize, Brazil, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guyana, and Honduras. The cane is taken back to the West Indies Rum Distillery in Barbados where…

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