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Cocktails: Kraken Black Spiced Rum

Put a beast in your belly – yo ho ho

n line with this month’s seafaring

theme a bottle of Kraken Black Spiced

IRum was recently plonked on the

editor’s desk. It is 94% rum from Trinidad

and Tobago.

A ‘Kraken’ is a legendry squid-like sea

monster and the label, possible inspired by

current trends in the spirits/cocktail drinks

category, draws on Victorian illustrations

recalling simultaneously a golden age of

cocktails.

The rum is very dark in colour to

symbolise the ink with which the giant

squid attacked its prey. It also has an

extraordinarily complex nose. It eschews

the golden caramel sweet flavours of

other spiced rums in favour of ginger,

liquorice, cloves, cinnamon and even dark

cherries. It has a Caribbean heritage and so

Mr Bite and I tried it in one of our

favourite drinks. (S. Wilson)

Dark ‘n’ Stormy

Build the drink as follows:

Place several chunks of ice in a nice highball

glass

Add a wedge and a squeeze of lime

Add 2 ounces of rum

Top up with 3 ounces of ginger ale

Very simple but it always hits the spot.

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