Product Type: Captain Morgan Vodka
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A Drink of Gods
Captain Morgan Spiced Gold Rum
Member Name: Biggsyboo
Captain Morgan Spiced Gold Rum
Advantages: Tastes good, isn't harsh and will make you merry!
Disadvantages: Too many could make you too merry and induce bizzare behaviour (this could also be an advantage)
Well to start, let's have a little history about this wonderful liquid gold.
Who was he? He was Captain Henry Morgan, history tells us (well the drinks company at least) was one of the 17th Century's most daring and successful buccaneers, admired throughout Caribbean waters - a legend in his own lifetime, or lunch time depending upon how much of his own hooch he'd consumed
You may be surprised to know that Capt Morgan was born in Wales in 1635, he sailed throughout the, then New World. Around the Caribbean, from Curacao to Panama City to Jamaica and beyond adventuring as a buccaneer.
Capt Morgan became one of Britain's most successful military strategists and an inspirational leader. He gained the loyalty of unruly buccaneers who followed him without question, and won the respect of nobles and heads of state. In 1674, a grateful King Charles II rewarded Captain Morgan for his devoted service to England with a knighthood, and Sir Henry Morgan served as Governor of Jamaica in 1680. Renowned for his sociability and generosity, he became a celebrity in the rum shops and taverns of Port Royal until his passing. Honoured with a state funeral, he was laid to rest on August 25th, 1688...which we honour when we consume his legacy.
Captain Morgan worked hard but also knew how to have a good time. The Captain pioneered the role of the rum ration on his ship, decades before it became the official drink of the Royal Navy.
As a businessman and Governor, Henry Morgan was familiar with the booming Jamaican rum trade, so a brand was created and it bore his name...
The original Captain Morgan rum would have been produced on traditional pot stills. Enjoyed by sailors and other characters of adventurous temperament, traditional dark rums were generally consumed straight or with lime juice. This tradition has survived to this day through Captain Morgan (Black Label Rum).
In the early 1950s, the brand responded to changing consumer tastes and the popularity of Cuba Libre (rum and cola) by introducing a White Rum version - the first line extension.
Over the years, Captain Morgan rums have sold very well in the United Kingdom, Canada, South Africa and over 30 other countries, but before 1984, the Captain Morgan name meant very little in the United States.
How is it made?
Captain Morgan's Rum is distilled from sugar cane. The combination of the type of yeasts employed for fermentation, distillation method, aging conditions, and blending determines the characteristic flavor of rum. Made with molasses, water, mash and yeast, Captain Morgan Original Spiced rum is distilled in a continuous still. Once distilled, the clear spirit is aged in oak barrels for up to a year, adding a golden color and character to the rum before the flavors and spices are added. The brand's taste is achieved through a proprietary recipe, which is blended into the rum mixture at the final stages of production, making use of spices indigenous to the Caribbean Islands. Captain Morgan is, by volume, the second largest brand of spirits in the United States, and the seventh largest worldwide.
The drink itself.
Whilst this is an alcoholic spirit, the Spiced rum (Spicy) is certainly not a harsh one, any who has drank shots (neat) will have at some point recoiled afterwards with the strength and 'smack' a neat spirit can give. Spicy is smoooooooth, sold at 37.5%abv it certainly could send you on your merry way, but as it is so smooth it can be enjoyed and savoured as its drank.
I don't usually drink this neat however enjoy it with Cola. My personal preference is Spicy and diet coke, (Normal coke is just too sweet for me) and ice! Lots of. This for my taste, just adds to the smooth taste of the drink without the alcoholic kick you normally get if you were to drink Vodka and coke for example.
It's hard to describe the taste of spicy, if you hate rum, Spicy may be for you, as it doesn't taste anything like dark rum which can be extremely harsh, or like white rum which for me is far too sweet (Bacardi, Malibu). Spicy has a distinctive taste of its own, Obviously it contains spices, but don't be afraid that it is going to be Chilli spicy as it is not hot! More essence of flavoursome blends of Caribbean spices and a hint of vanilla.
The traditional way to drink this is with full fat cola and a wedge of lime, I have already explained my preference however another nice variant is with ginger beer, Whilst not my favourite it adds a nice different flavour to a night out.
This is an extremely refreshing drink, great for hot summer afternoons or during BBQ's, just be careful as you could drink this all day without realising how much you have consumed, until the next morning where you may not remember much about the night before! I have had some great nights and days involving vast amounts of this wonderful drink, some I remember, some I don't, if you want random stories just email me and I'll bore you with my stupid antics! But needless to say, you could drink more spicy, than beer which may have positive or negative effects, depending on your constitution.
If you have never tried this spirit before, or you think you may not like it because you don't like rum I would urge you to give it a go. Not to encourage binge drinking at all, but as a drink to be enjoyed socially to aid in relaxation or unwinding that may be required.
Drink it sensibly, enjoy it and love it!
There are similar spicy rums like 'sailor jerry', whilst this is nice, it doesn't compare to Captain Morgan' Spiced Rum.
Worth a try even if its not your normal tipple!
Summary: Liquid gold, lovely drink of the gods...
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