WE9292 pts. - Wine Enthusiast - 8/1/2011 “Bizarre and Fierce” it says on the label, referring to the octopus-like sea creature logo. But it accurately describes this unique “black spiced” rum, too. This dry-style rum smells like allspice and cola, and tastes dark and spicy, like overdone gingerbread, with loads of vanilla, plus ginger and pepper notes on the finish. Though too intense for sipping alone, tempered with mixers like ginger ale and lime juice, it has the potential to add rich spice and intrigue in all the right places.
WE9393 pts. - Wine Enthusiast - 8/1/2011 The bad boy of the spiced rum category draws on tattoo culture (look for the cute hula-girl tattoo label) and high alcohol content (north of 80 proof). Despite the sweet, almost root beer-like caramel fragrance, the mahogany liquid is brawny and dry. Look for bitter cocoa up front, cinnamon and allspice notes. A good foil for drinks with sweeter ingredients.