Many of us consider “rum” to be a comprehensive label for a pirate’s favorite drink and a great mixer with coke. However, the spirit comes in several different colors, each with a unique flavor.
Black rum is an aged spirit. Distillers leave the liquid in wooden casks to develop smoky, sweet tastes. Let’s take a look at some of the best black rums on the market, examine their histories, and discuss their flavors.
Best Black Rums
In this article, we’ll discuss these superior black rums:
Kraken Black Spiced Rum
Kraken black spiced rum lets you know right off the bat that you're in for a dark, mischievous drinking experience. Like the mythological sea monster it borrows its name from, Kraken rum wraps its tentacles around you with its warm, spicy flavor. The spirit tastes of vanilla, toffee apples, and molasses, with undertones of cinnamon and honey.
Gosling’s Black Seal Rum
Drinkers drawn in by Gosling's black seal rum's adorable label will be delighted to learn the liquor is a rich, delicious sip. The distillers use a 150-year-old recipe to make their distinctive rum. Black Seal's spice blend and molasses flavor help make it Bermuda's greatest export. The rum has strong caramel and butterscotch flavors accentuated with allspice, vanilla, and cinnamon.
Cruzan Rum Black Strap
Cruzan Black Strap Rum takes the inspiration for its recipe from classic U.S. Virgin Island navy rums. The liquor makes a beautiful mixer, maintaining a solid rum presence in any cocktail without overpowering the other ingredients. The rum is sweet, tasting of molasses and licorice. Vanilla, citrus spices, and nuts round out the flavor profile.
Hamilton Rum Jamaican Pot Still Black
Hamilton Rum Jamaican Pot Still Black puts a tropical twist on an old favorite. The liquor embodies the essence of Jamaican rum and is made at the Worthy Park Estate distillery, a facility that knows its way around a spirit. Worthy Park Estate began making rum in 1670, perfecting the process over many years.
Over-ripe bananas provide the bulk of the rum's flavor, supplemented by sugar cane and caramel notes.
Vizcaya Black Rum
Vizcaya Black Rum comes to you mature. The spirit ages between twelve and 21 years before it makes its way to your glass. The Dominican Republic liquor makes its rum using the classic Guarapa distilling method.
Vizcaya is a sweet rum using sugar cane instead of molasses. It tastes heavily of charred marshmallows, caramel, and vanilla.
Captain Morgan Spiced Black
Captain Morgan is one of the most widely recognized rums. The company began making spiced rum in 1944, though it didn't migrate to the United States until 1984. The sweet rum has a smooth finish and goes down easily.
The spirit tastes heavily of vanilla, caramel, and chocolate. Black cherry provides the rum with pleasant, fruity undertones.
Black Magic Spiced Rum
Louisville, Kentucky, the home of black magic, applies its signature witchcraft to this delicious rum. Black Magic Spiced Rum blends light and dark spirits to create the perfect, spicy sip.
The spirit gets most of its flavor from the plentiful spices mixed into the rum—Black Magic tastes of cloves, cinnamon, vanilla, and brown sugar.
Myer's Original Dark Rum
Fred L. Myers began making rum in Kingston, Jamaica, in 1879. Myer's rum prides itself on its authentic taste, recipe, and distilling method.
The dark spirit has a rich, full-bodied flavor—the rum tastes of caramel, tobacco, sugar cane, and honey. Dark chocolate and figs round out the flavor profile.
Jonah's Curse Black Spiced Rum
Jonah was swallowed by a whale; Jonah's Curse Black Spiced Rum is swallowed by enthusiasts of quality spirits everywhere.
The mellow rum is very sweet and smooth, an easy, pleasant sip for beginners and old rum hands alike. Caramel and vanilla provide the bulk of the spirit's flavor, with cinnamon creating warm undertones.
Black rums are sweet, delicious spirits, perfect for drinking alone or mixing into a cocktail. The liquors on this list are among the best, providing an ideal place for novices to dive in and a welcome sip for rum enthusiasts.
Let us know if we missed one of your favorites or which rum you are most excited to try in the comments section.
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