Product Type: Captain Morgan Vodka
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Captain Morgan Spiced Gold Rum
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Captain Morgan Spiced Gold Rum
Advantages: Tastes great and is a firm favourite; very popular, often on offer
Disadvantages: Nothing really, although isn't the best on its own
If you're looking for a good rum to drink, may I recommend this one? It's best served with coke over plenty of ice, and doesn't need any fruit to tang it up. I've enjoyed its instantly recognisable aroma for a number of years and the novelty still hasn't worn off. Plenty of other rums have tried to emulate its sweet spice combination and haven't come close in my opinion.
Captain Morgan as a brand is well respected in the world of rum. I much prefer a smoother and sweeter blend which is why I go for gold rum as opposed to dark or white. Dark rum tends to be a bit abrasive on the old throat, I find, and may me grimace a little, as does whisky. Gold rum in general though is smoother, much like gold blend coffee is compared to standard roast beans.
Why make this comparison between rum and coffee? Well, it's the smoothness and personal taste, I guess. I equate the two as being relevant, thus if you prefer gold blend coffee then the chances are you prefer golden rum, and vice versa. This is the certainly the case for a few people I know, who have been put off trying one or the other by having a different type and not giving others the chance. So, if you have tried dark or white rum and not ventured into the realm of golden rum because you didn't like them, then golden rum gives a different experience and is certainly worth a go.
It's not particularly strong either in terms of effect - it is unlikely to give you the headache that a throat belter rum would, although with any alcoholic drink this can often depend on the person and the quantity drunk as much as the strength of a drink.
Morgan's spiced rum is certainly on the sweeter side of things, and this is instantly noticeable when you first open the bottle. The sweet aroma is not sickly, which I find Sailor Jerry's vanilla rum to be, nor does it have that harsh back note to it like a lot of neat spirits do. I wouldn't necessarily suggest having this neat as it doesn't really worth like that, but as soon as you add coke to it, I feel this is when it comes alive. It's perhaps the smoothness of the drink and the fact that it has a pleasant aftertaste that keeps me wanting to have it, and while once upon a time I used to indulge in this on a regular basis with friends and a regularly empty bottle by the end, it's something that I've come to have a supply of for the occasional tipple or to offer people when they come round.
I don't go so far as to stock a drinks cabinet, but there are a few drinks I keep a regular supply of and this is one. A 70cl bottle of it will cost you anywhere between £12 and £16 judging by recent prices I've seen on shelves, and it really does depend on where you shop. It's often one of the spirits that Tesco has on offer due to its popularity and a prevalence for bars to stock it which has always been high and has resulted in a lot of people wanting it in shops. It's only really within the last decade or so that it has become a regular fixture on shelves, and due to demand it is regularly on offer.
I'd highly recommend this. The sweetness isn't sickly and is just enough to take the edge of the kick that a good rum can have. The spice element doesn't really manifest as spices, more like the aforementioned sweetness, and the distinct smell and taste is likely to have you coming back for more. It certainly does for me. Recommended.
Summary: Slightly sweet golden rum served best with ice and coke
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