A dark spiced Caribbean rum introduced to the UK in Spring 2010, Kraken's old-style bottle and superlative packaging seem to earmark it out for greatness, and perhaps it will help some of those many thousands of punters nursing an old-recipe-Sailor-Jerry-sized hole in their hearts.
Aroma - Nutty, Vanilla and coffee with cherryade and a prickly pinch of old fashioned gunpowder.
Taste - Slightly sweet, cola-like vanillered spicy palate with espresso coffee, creamy caramel, cinnamon, cloves and gingerbread.
Aftertaste - Long, peppery spiced finish.
Rating - 4.5/5
Customer Reviews: (40 reviews)
I drink rum at room temperature and warm it in the glass before sipping. I never mix it. This rum does have a superbly original taste... to me it has an unusual and overwhelmingly liquorice flavour with undertones of molasses but I'd agree with one of the anonymous reviewers here - it does leave a caramel after-taste that does have a slight chemical taste; not unpleasant however. It's yummy.
- Blue Shadow, 25th January
love it, try warming the glass slighty before pouring, it adds extra yummyness!
- sue, 5th Nov '13
Bought my first bottle of the black spiced today. So far only had a taste but I am already impressed. Seems like a brew that should be enjoyed straight not ruined by any of the usual mixers.....Smooth
- Peter Codrington, Geraldton, Western Australia, 6th Jul '13
wouldn't feel comfortable letting someone "unleash the kraken in my mouth" like the previous reviewer, but i would thuroghly recommend this rum... in fact, i'm drinking it right now with coke and lime - very nice.
- scott, 29th Mar '13
usually drink morgans spiced rum--but this is so good----drink all rum neat---
- linda thompson, 27th Dec '12
Superb unique taste,if you like rum,this is a must try.
- Graham B, 23rd Dec '12
Just tried Kraken for the first time today. Exceptional! Lovely vanilla tones on the nose and a proper treacle flavour. Smooth, too. DO NOT ruin this with cola. Drink it neat, at room temperature and you're in for a real treat.
- Stueytheround, 19th Aug '12
I used to absolutely HATE the flavor and aroma of hard liquor in any variety. But then my friend unleashed the kraken in my mouth. Now, it's the only liquor I'll even touch
- anonymous, 26th Jun '12
Amazing taste and very smooth to drink.....;)devo
- anonymous, 19th Feb '12
this stuff is delicious with coca-cola! even got my dad drinking it! and the bottle is brilliant the little handles make it perfect for pouring :)
- Tom S, 19th Feb '12
My lovely wife bought me a bottle of this for Valentines (soo good of her!) Beautiful blended recipe of vanilla,caramel and subtle hints of spice.The unique bottle alone is worthy of a purchase.Without doubt the finest Rum(apart from the old SJ) that i have ever had.
- Graham, 18th Feb '12
- papa fox, 2nd Jan '12
It's no Havana 7 but worth a bash
- anonymous, 8th Sep '11
Sat sipping neat now. Very nice. Don't drink thinking oooooh sailor jerry, drink thinking mmm kraken. Can't believe the amount of love for old sj I thought i was alone, down with the dirty nasty tasteless s h 1 t new rubbish.
- alex parker, 11th Aug '11
great tasting, with regards to itt been like the old style SJ, its completely different, sailor jerrys old style is still avaliable if you look in the right places, but there 1.5 ltr bottles. Kraken is an alright rum, but its a bit tarty, somethings missing with it. Although for the price its a decent rum. Also check out diplimatico, probably one of the best rums avaliable.
- anonymous, 28th Jul '11
Nothing like a great rum to drink you under the table in the Floriday Keys.........
- Mattamus, 26th Jul '11
Tried it in whetherspoons yeyerday with ginger ale and lime. Amazing!
- anonymous, 22nd May '11
Not a big rum connoisseur but I tend to drink Morgans spiced rum when out drinking. While in a pub in London found they did not have Morgans but has Kraken which the barman talked me into.Fantastic tasting rum and just have to get a bottle.
- Peter, 14th May '11
Not bad but smells and tastes of chemical flavours when you drink it straight, had to have a mixer with it to mask it.Might just take some getting used to, but there are far better spiced rums out there. if you want something closer to the old SJ recipe then try "Green Island Spiced Rum"
- anonymous, 30th Apr '11
Just received my bottle of Kraken. Tastes great smells great. I can't put the bottle top back on after unscrewing it for the first time because the thread in the cap isn't really there.