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An excellent spiced rum, with utterly brilliant packaging! This was launched in the UK in early 2010, and it has an extraordinarily rich, spicy flavour. Named for the legendary sea monster, Kraken is a blend of Caribbean rums that should certainly suit any fans of rich, navy-style rum.
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Makes a great Dark n stormy with Ginger beer ,not so nice with cola.
17th April 2017
One of the smoothest, tastiest rums I've ever tasted! Easy on the nose, smooth in the mouth, and doesn't bite on the way down. Excellent drop!
6th April 2017
I ❤️ me some Kraken!! I highly recommend this dark, smooth and not too spicy rum. You won't be disappointed!
17th February 2017
So smooth!! Love it!! Love a Nice Dark Rum
4th February 2017
This is now my go-to rum replacing Cruzan dark. Kraken is smooth & rich. I've only had it with Southern Comfort eggnog and it makes the best Eggnog I've ever had!
26th December 2016
Can't even fast any spice. Mulled wine is spicy this just tasts of rum and that's it
16th December 2016
This rum is heavily spiced. It's dark and rich but has a little too much vanilla for my liking. It gives it a sweetness that is close to a liqueur than rum.
1st December 2016
It's not bad for what it isI'm not really a softdrink-liquor-mixing kinda guy, but i use this to make my guests a rum&cola if they request one. I find these way better than p.e. Bacardi or havana club. It's good but it's nothing to be blown away by.
9th November 2016
Love it,truly stunning different quality from other rums
7th November 2016
Probably not the best thing I have ever had, but it definitely is a smooth mixer with some cola (whatever your preference) that doesn't have too much of a bite. Coming from a longtime fan of Captain Morgan I would strongly suggest giving it a try, much smoother finish.
21st August 2016
I love it, and for the price? wow!
9th August 2016
Tastes great mixed with lime and coke, have it all night and no Headache the next morning
3rd August 2016
Horrendous 'rum'....if it is indeed rum at all. Imagine if you will that someone bought a bog standard bottle of cheap rum, then whisked up some Parma Violets in a blender, added some chemical vanilla flavouring, put them altogether, and then as a finishing touch, tipped half a bottle of black Quink into the mixture.A triumph of marketing and bottle over substance.
1st August 2016
This has become my "go to" spiced rum to either sip (swig) straight, or mix. I love it!
28th May 2016
I think this rum tastes great and I can get so smashed on it. But the next day it doesn't matter if I drank 10 glasses or 2...I on the toilet with Niagara Falls out my butt every 2 hours. Horrible. I won't be buying it again. Too bad as it tastes great.
11th May 2016
Okay so I want to start off by saying I don't like the taste of alcohol in fact I never have. I'm not a whiskey drinker or a bourbon drinker I mostly stick to beer. In fact I tried a jack and coke one time and I almost spit it out, I didn't even finish it. Well during Pirate Fest (of course duh!) this year the festival got caught in a monsoon and we all had to take shelter in our tents. My friend Tara offered me some of this stuff but told me that she only had it straight and that was how you had to drink it. She didn't have anything to cut it with so it was straight or no go. Now after being reluctant since I don't like the taste of alcohol I just went for it. I loved it and kept drinking it with my friends. Now it is strong and it has a big kick (it's 40%) but it doesn't have that super bitter "rubbing" alcohol taste. In fact it tastes sort of like spiced cider that you get during the holidays with cinnamon. I personally wouldn't ruin this rum by mixing it at all rather drinking it straight like a pirate! If you do mix it Kraken recommends Ginger Ale (they sell their own non-alcoholic ginger beer to mix it with) and that's all i would mix it with. As a guy who hates the taste of straight alcohol and only ever drinks hard stuff on special occasions like Pirate Fest or when I go out this is a great purchase. I honestly have a favorite rum.
10th April 2016
Admittedly, I am more of a scotch/whiskey drinker myself, however I do dabble in other spirits from time to time. Personally, this is a very good rum for keeping in the back of the cabinet so to speak. Rich, sweet molasses flavor comes through with notes of oak and vanilla on the finish. It is relatively simplistic in its delivery, as there is little complexity, however it makes a good cocktail (particularly with Coke, as the spices of that cola compliment it well). It is good neat or with a few drops of water to bring out the vanilla on the palate and nose. I will also make note that age and oxidization do this rum many favors, so opening it and giving it a month or so stashed away will increase your appreciation for this spirit.
31st March 2016
normally drink Appleton or Captain Morgan Spiced. Tried Kraken for the first time, not happy. Tasted awful. Back to Captain Morgan for me.
1st March 2016
Title says it all. It's good mixed, better straight. The flavor is very assertive, and may come off as a bit too much for some. However, if you're the type that likes a sweeter rum, this is for you.
5th February 2016
A Must for Rum Lovers!
3rd February 2016
I started drinking Kraken about 3 years ago, and cannot stand any other Rum now. Even though I have been a Rum and Coke drinker for years, I cannot stand any other spiced rums now. I have tried and tried to buy others, but miss my black Krack. I drink it with caffeine free Diet Pepsi.
31st January 2016
Had a bottle for Christmas and gave it a few goes. I even tried mixing with Coke (shudder) but still tastes awful.For me it tastes more like aftershock (from my student days) or mouthwash.Awful
28th January 2016
I've sucked down 6 whiskeys tonight, then tried to sip on some of this and Coke...it tastes like Jagermeister with diarrhea. The worst.
25th January 2016
Love it, not as a drink on it's own, as I don't like straight spirits generally, but GREAT with ginger ale or Coke, oh and a slice of lime!Not fussed about what snobby reviewers think, I love the packaging and the way too cool bottle it comes in!I shall be buying this again and again! 10/10.Oh, and yes have tried other 'expensive' rums but for my common palette it does just fine! :o)
22nd December 2015
With all it's complexity, I really enjoy this more in a mixed drink. Ginger beer, Hurricanes, Coke, etc. Won't ever do as a straight shot again.... *shiver*... That being said, I really enjoy everything this has to offer for the price. Definitely more bang for what you pay.
17th December 2015
With its caramel notes, it may come across as a bit too sweet for some but at least has good character, drinks well on its own and is amazing mixed as well, unlike lamb's rum or sailor jerry's (which to be fair is just a brand boasting blandness) which has to be mixed to hide the roughness. This is the rum that truly got me into loving the black spirit. Only appletons or pink pidgeon do i rate higher, but only just
12th December 2015
Rubbish the star is a mistake can't give it away to any rum drinkers may be OK for non pirates
8th December 2015
Bought through Amazon on spec cos I liked the bottle and my god what a suprise, deffo going to buy a lot more of this
1st December 2015
Good Rum to drink on it's own,just finished one now on Ron Zapaca mmm
14th November 2015
OMG and I thought that Captain Morgan's spiced rum was the best - move over !!!!The flavor is exquisite and goes down very well with coke - my all-time favorite's and I don't think anything can top the Kraken!
9th November 2015
Fantasmagorical, crushed ice , fresh lime add a healthy belt of the dark stuff !! Get easy and relax , replenish as and when required
15th October 2015
way to off the wall with flavors, sweet molasses start followed by 10 uncomplimentary flavors including but not limited to licorice, cherry, cinnamon, plums... bottom line is it's not a simple rum but in this case I wish it was. Sometimes less is more. The only reason I'll give 3 stars is simply because at 47 percent it's at least easy to get drunk on!
21st July 2015
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