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Assessment: The Kraken Gold Spiced Rum

After a sleepy decade with no new merchandise, The Kraken has all of a sudden awoken from its slumber. A coffee-and-spice flavored rum hit in 2020. Now a brand new gold spiced rum has arrived.

The idea appears fairly apparent: Spiced rums from the likes of Sailor Jerry and Captain Morgan are lighter in coloration and maybe much less daunting for the rum-and-Coke crown. The uninitiated might eye The Kraken with a little bit of hesitation that it will likely be too highly effective or pungent. (It’s not.)

Except for that, Kraken Gold does promise “a taste profile all its personal,” and to that finish, I put it facet by facet in opposition to a glass of basic Kraken Black to see the way it fared.

The primary huge twist is the proof: Authentic Kraken is 94 proof, whereas Kraken Gold hits simply 70 proof, which is typical for this class. You discover the distinction immediately. Whereas The Kraken Black is extra brooding with a stronger molasses and occasional character, Kraken Gold is sweeter and fruitier on the nostril, immediately evoking ripe banana, toasted coconut, and Torani caramel syrup.

From the nostril, the expectation is that this is likely to be too candy on the tongue, however thankfully it’s not. Whereas it’s laden with vanilla and caramel, there’s sufficient sense of the underlying spirit to maintain the sweetness in test. What’s missing is far spice. The daring slick of allspice, ginger, and clove that you simply get with Kraken 1.0 is dialed approach again right here, and whereas that provides the banana extra room to shine, it doesn’t maintain up as effectively in a cocktail or by itself. The end is on the quick facet — although, once more, fortunately by no means cloying.

Kraken Gold in the end acquits itself as simply what it most likely needed to be: A extra lighthearted spin on the brooding, unique Kraken that doesn’t dominate a drink the way in which its predecessor can. For higher or for worse.

70 proof.


The Kraken Gold Spiced Rum


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