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If you're after something that tastes like Tia Maria's dad then this is the rum for you. It's sweet and treacly and bears about as much relation to a good rum as a Bounty Bar does to a coconut. On the plus side it eats Sailor Jerry for breakfast and has a great bottle to stick a candle in after. But for 79p less you can get a bottle of Gosling Black Seal. That's a got a picture of a seal on the front. Sure, it's not as cool a kraken, but the contents tastes incomparably better.
1st April 2015
It is ok, but perhaps too much flavored I guess with additives...Please don't talk about coke, this might be the worst soft to mix with rum.If you want a rhum which worth it I would advise you to buy Bacardi 8yo or havana 7yo and if your budget is a bit higher: diplomatico RE, zacapa 23, or plantation 89
24th February 2015
See that bottle? The lable? Why haven't you bought it yet? What the hell is wrong with you? No wonder your mother never loved you.
28th December 2014
Forgot to add - 9 /10 stars for me
A few mixed reviews below, but to date this is one of my favourites. Tried it at a Drambusters rum tasting and both me and my brother couldn't wait too order a bottle and get it home. Excellent with ginger beer more than coke, but also very drinkable on its own. Nice bottle too.
I bought a miniature at local liquor store. I mixed it with a splash of coke. I didn't like the after taste of rum. Had somewhat of a chocolate after taste. It's kind of bland tasting with no excitement to it. There are much better dark rums on the market than this stuff. Marketing is A+++. Taste is a D-.
21st December 2014
Being a rum fanatatic and having tasted many many different rums over the years. I can tell you that this is awful stuff with clever marketing. I suggest that if you like spiced rum that you should buy a bottle of chairmans reserve spiced, it will cost a little bit more but boy its worth every penny.Try this simple test to check the quality buy both and see how much longer the taste holds in your mouth with the chairmans and the actual taste. There simply is no comparison.
29th October 2014
Each year I celebrate Trafalgar Day and last night was no exception, not having any RUM in the house, off to the supermarket. The Kraken looked the right choice. The taste is amazing, licorice, cream, chocholate came through with no kick, the spices were smoothe a very drinkable drink and before I knew it half the bottle had gone, roll on October 21st 2015
22nd October 2014
very very good
7th October 2014
There are black rums and there are spiced rums. Kraken is one of a new breed that is both, and so far they're the best I've had.In a lot of other black spiced rums, various flavors stand out here and there which is offputting. In Kraken the flavors really meld together into a smooth, spicy, sweet, and dark rum.
5th October 2014
Just taken delivery of 2 bottles of kraken black spiced rum & just had a tot to sample them my verdict is I have to say I made a very wise choice indeed - it's absolutely delicious ! I was a little nervous about buying something I had never tasted before by the internet but I need not have worried , I am grinning from ear to ear & I dare say the grin will widen even more when sampled later on ! Very satisfied indeed , service from master of malt is second to non & items arrived exactly when they said they would , I recommend master of malt & I definitely recommend kraken black spiced rum !
9th September 2014
My last review gave it 5 stars.. but this was an mini-bottle. It was in fact 47% alcohol.This bottle appears to be 40% in the photo. Take it for what it is.. I just wanted to clear things up.
22nd August 2014
Nothing super special. In fact when mixed with coke, you can almost taste a bit of straight alcohol flavor from it. Perhaps it's because of the 47%. I'm not sure, but I wish it mixed better. The flavor is ok. I'm sure that after you drink one, number 2 tastes much better.
A great rum for a great price. I really enjoy rum, and this is great.
14th August 2014
My previous review, I said that I did not enjoy Kraken...I managed subsequently to buy a bottle of Ron Zacapa Solera 23 - boy, now this is a great rum (cost 3 times more) but you will not be disappointed.
23rd June 2014
lovely as served with coke and ice
20th June 2014
this rum is fantastic, and the price is just right, the kraken is definitely a rum for those who enjoy the finer things in life but are not willing to break the bank. the spice notes are nice, and it has a smooth sweet finish, best served ice cold with coke, or for the brave at heart, straight up.
30th May 2014
Kraken Black Spiced Rum tastes a bit like a hybrid between brandy and rum- leaning more to the rum side. Unlike some other rums it has a nice consistency that is neither too sticky nor too watery. It is sweet and spicy, good straight and as a mixer in coke or ginger ale.
26th April 2014
Here in South Africa we are limited by our Rum brands.So when I saw Kraken I bought a bottle. After opening it I was quite surprised by the nice flavour. But after having one "shot" of Kraken I was very disappointed. It left a taste in my mouth which put me off this rum. I will stick to Cpt Morgan Dark rum. Even the Cpt Morgan spiced rum is a nicer rum than Kraken. I gave the bottle away after 1 drink.Rodney Benjamin
12th April 2014
Kraken is now one of my favourite rums, rivalled only by Pink Pigeon and Rumbullion.
25th March 2014
This is one of the best rums I have ever had the privilege of enjoying. This rum has the ability to be enjoyed with ginger ale, coke, or neat. Really whatever you decided to use it for it will do it. The only reason I didn't give it a 10 rating was because unfortunately it gives me heart burn. Weird I know and very sad but it is quite amazing
17th February 2014
One of the best Rums I have ever had for the price. I am ex military and drank many rums in my day but this one I can honestly say is excellent on the pallat and smooth going down. Has a nice subtle warmth to it and sits in the belly quite comfortably. I recommend this to anyone who loves a good rum now and again.
12th December 2013
Have tried many different rums and until now was always raving about morgans spiced rum as the best you could get at a good price but this tops it by a country mile. Beautiful vanilla notes and affordable. You can do no better!
14th November 2013
Try it you'll like it. very good product....dont like rum but i like this one:)
1st October 2013
Best rum ive ever tried. Gorgeous vanilla/caramel notes and works amazingly well with ginger ale and lime. A truly class act throughout
19th March 2013
Nose: Very fruity eraser!, sweetness, chocolateMouth: Pretty much sweetness, almond paste/marzipan
8th October 2012
After hearing people raving about this rum I tried some and I must admit I was a bit disappointed and ended up wondering why everyone said it was so good. Don't get me wrong it's nice and I like the bottle but as spiced rum goes it's not a patch on Lambs Spiced, Morgans Spiced or the original Sailor Jerrys.
22nd August 2012
okay rum, was captivated by the marketing campaign a couple of years back before it was available in the UK. especially at the price, doesn't live up to the hype.
18th July 2012
Amazing stuff with lime and ginger ale. Easy to drink neat or with ice
17th July 2012
I like the rum because it has a nice plesent smell to it and its smooth in the mouth, tastes sweat and creamy.
1st June 2012
Great bottle design, fantastic dark rum, a must for rum lovers.
31st May 2012
I've had a few rums in my time, the love of old sea monster stories enticed me to trying this, was not disappointed! works well on ice with a slice of lime, or add to Kahlua and milk for an excellent white cuban.A great rum, with a solid price :) try it!
24th February 2012
This must be the best Rum I have tasted since my last visit to Barbados, a lovley taste that you can drink straight if you wish. A very good buy
19th December 2011
With Peychaud's bitters, lime and Fentimans ginger beer. Oh yes, indeed!
4th November 2011