The Kraken Black Spiced Rum has landed in four major UK supermarkets – Asda, Tesco, Sainsbury’s and Waitrose following its massive success in the USA where it has rapidly become the fastest growing rum brand.
Named after a mythical sea beast, The Kraken is a spiced Caribbean rum aged and enriched with exotic spices including cinnamon, ginger and clove. Its ominous colour and striking Victorian flagon style bottle is a reminder of the monster that lends the rum its name – the two glass handles mimic the eyes of the Kraken. I have to admit to being a complete sucker for unusual packaging and this amazing bottle more than caught my eye.
Swirling the rum around a glass creates distinctive tentacle like drips as the rich liquid seeps back to the depths. The thick caramel-like taste lingers long after the last sip. Enjoy the dark pleasures of The Kraken neat over ice, with cola, or in ‘The Perfect Storm’ which is my favourite – a refreshing combination of the black liquid poured over ice, topped with ginger beer and accompanied by two squeezed wedges of lime. I must add that rum wouldn’t be my usual tipple and I was a bit scared that this beast would put hairs on my chest but I was so wrong. It is amazingly good and so far, no hairs have yet been found where they shouldn’t be!
The Kraken has an ABV of 40% and an RRP of £22.99 for a 70cl bottle. It is also available in Harvey Nichols, Majestic Wine, Selfridges and in Scotland in Peckham’s Delicatessens.