Captain Morgan's Spiced Rum
Country: Puerto Rico
Aged: 1 year
Alcohol: 35% (70 proof)
Price: $12-$16 (750 mL)
Like most folks, the Captain and I go waaaay back. Back
before I even knew there was more than one type of rum, I was
slugging back this Pirate staple.
Morgan Spiced Rum is a probably the most common non-well Rum in
most bars and homes across the world. It's a versatile, affordable, and easily
The rum itself has a perfect golden hue and it releases a strong,
traditional aroma of vanilla and general spice - mostly lots and
lots of vanilla. On the tongue, the rum gives notes of vanilla extract,
cinnamon, faint hints of nutmeg, and of course alcohol.
To be fair, Captain
Morgan Spiced Rum is moderately harsh going
down with a bit of lingering alcohol aftertaste. Neat or on the
rocks is not horrible, but not recommended. I have no idea how
many gallons I have taken in shots over my younger years, but
having expanded my Rum horizons I know cannot enjoy it straight.
However, to most folks this is
not a sipping rum. Captain Morgan Spiced is a bonafide mixing
rum and like most spiced rums, it simply mellows out and even
shines paired with sodas, juices, creams, hot drinks, and frozen
drinks. As I said at the start: this is a very versatile
Personally, I prefer the darker,
more robust Captain Morgan Private Stock. But
when I'm at a bar with a limited selection, I can always call on
some Captain & Coke and everything will be fine. In fact, I usually have
a bottle of one or the other on stand-by at home.