Product Type: Captain Morgan Vodka
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Captain Morgan Spiced Gold Rum
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Captain Morgan Spiced Gold Rum
Date: 11/04/12, updated on 11/04/12 (109 review reads)
Advantages: Tastes excellent when mixed, good texture, consistency - great branding (since 1944).
Disadvantages: Smell is very strong, can't really drink it on its own, and some people may dislike 2011 changes.
Spirit drinking rivals the artist merit hard-core real ale drinkers insist exists within the production of their favourite alcoholic substance - beer. For me, the preferred typsifying - my newly adopted term - liquid has to be the (generally more potent) spirit which is distilled in many varieties. The contrasting colourings, strengths, smells, textures, tastes and affects received far out-weigh that which the pint pillaging community experience. There are also far more ways to enjoy your spirit; be it in a standard mix (with a soft drink), a compound cocktail (with other spirits and mixers), or simple on its own in a glass with ice 'on the rocks'. The individuality people can achieve when mixing and drinking spirits is stunning - to an extent there are no rules as to 'what goes with what', and therefore multiple concoctions can be created - some already having been made notorious by existing brands and bar legends, others still undiscovered and un-heard of.
The picture Dooyoo has supplied is slightly out-dated and this is partly due to the transformation the brand embarked on back in 2011. In order to bring the company's UK distributed title back in line with the international community, the drink was re-branded 'Captain Morgan's Spiced' from just 'Morgan's Spiced' as it was previously deemed. The transformation was accompanied by nation-wide party events to promote the change - though the change its self was criticised as a pointless and anyway unpopular adjustment. Along with the name, the colouring and taste was altered slightly which only angered Morgan's Spiced fanatics
The drink its self is distilled from sugar cane, and this process is partially what gives the drink its distinctive taste (along with the fermentation process and the ageing conditions it is put through). The colour is a light, golden brown / orange which is very transparent (allowing it to mix well with other drinks without making them dark and depressing). Similarly, the consistency allows ease in mixing as the liquid has equal properties to water. It isn't sticky at all which means the lid doesn't clog with gunk and when spilt it's O.K. to clean up - therefore it's good for party situations.
The smell of the substance sends a shock-bolt of alcoholic remnants to the back of your throat - this drink is NOT good to greet the morning after a heavy night; it's potency in smell is enough to make you puke! I think the brand has focused more on the quality of the taste and consistency than its fragrance. You do get a sense of the spices, a
The taste is great - as long as you remember the golden rule: 'never drink it straight!'. It has that warm sense all spirits have, but the warmth is accompanied by a fruity tangyness and prevailing citrusy origin. The vanilla addition is also tasted, but this rests more in the background. It's a very sweet taste, a sickly indulgence - but one which can be enjoyed multiple times without becoming unbearable. It's a summery kind of taste, a brightness which seems to activate the buds at the front of your tongue rather than those at the back - what ever that means!
These qualities are combined and infused with what ever secondary liquid you mix it with. With coke for example, the fruitiness punches through, but you still get that sugary taste in the background. This is the same with other fizzy drink combinations. I think mixing Morgan's with juices is more difficult - its hard to find an acceptable balance that doesn't over-load you with fruit flavourings.
I think I'd have to say I enjoy the taste a lot, and it's one which most would enjoy I suppose - not a Marmite drink.
One of the best qualities of the drink is that it gets you in a great party mood, and is a sensational choice at the bar if your stumped for ideas. it lightens and livens you up (unlike Vodka which can be quite depressing). Also, you seem to be able to remember a lot more from the night in the morning if you drink this in my experience.
'A PREMIUM SPIRIT DRINK WITH CARIBBEAN RUM' says the label.
'BLENDED WITH THE MELLOW SPICES OF CASSIA AND VANILLA' it also stresses.
- Varieties I've tried -
Original Morgan's Spiced - The drink reviewed.
Original Morgan's Spiced Gold - An aged version with additional fruit flavours and spices. Mellow taste with a fantastic addition of vanilla (currently in world-wide short supply) giving it a more acquired taste.
Dark Rum - Blended Caribbean and Canadian Rum often found behind bars in the UK. This drink has a strong, thick taste which I wasn't too keen on - the lighter taste of Spiced is preferred for me.
Tattoo - An extra-dark rum with fruit flavours of citrusy flavouring (the drink was produced to compete with Jägermeister and gain additional market shares - though this plan was ineffective in most places).
- Details & properties -
Company owner: Diageo (sold to by 1944 founding company, Seagram in 2001).
Distribution: USA's 2nd largest brand of spirit, the worlds 7th - in 2007 7.6 million 9-litre cases were sold.
Alcohol: 35% vol.
Capacity: 70 cl.
Units: 24.5 (UK).
Serving: 28 x 25 ml shots.
Price: £15.90 (ASDA): so quite expensive in comparison with other spirits - but not really other rums.
*the back of the bottle recommends a 25 ml serving of Morgan's with a 100 ml serving of coke, though my personal recommendation would be roughly 150 ml of coke with each shot - the taste is so strong that until you get used to the drink a little extra non-alcoholic content will help conjure a good impression of the substance.
- Conclusion -
All in all, this is a wonderful spirit of world-wide admiration - for both its taste and iconic company branding. Though controversial at times, Morgan's Spiced under its two previous owners has continued to be produced, and with new plans for a Rum Distillery on the Virgin Islands to commence works this year I'm sure it will continue on into the future. An all round great spirit which gets you in the mood for a good time and lets you remember what happened the night before in better detail! 4 / 5 from me.
Thanks for reading.
Summary: A perilous 35% spirit which should be drunk in moderation - but gets you in an excellent mood!
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