Kraken Black Spiced Rum

70cl / 40%
Kraken Black Spiced Rum
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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.
Caribbean Blend


  • Vanilla Vanilla
  • Ginger Ginger
  • Clove Clove
  • Cinnamon Cinnamon
  • Coffee Coffee

Kraken Black Spiced Rum Reviews

Tasting Notes

  • Tasting Notes for CLASS Magazine

    Appearance - Clear, dark walnut brown.

    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

104 Customer Reviews

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  • 4
    7 days ago

    It's nice. One of the very few rums that you actually enjoy drinking neat. Not overly spiced too. My personal favorite is Ron Zacapa, but this comes close

  • 4
    6 October

    Kraken is one of the few rums at this price point which can be enjoyed without adding a mixer. You are initially greeted by what seems to be a generic and artificial spirit taste with slight midicinal qualities and an alcohol burn, alongside a smidgen of cola. But give it a second and the burn disappears leaving an explosion of sweet and spicy vanilla notes with smooth caramel and ginger. A few seconds after swallowing you are made aware of a peppery note which may have been there the whole time but was previously being dominated by the other flavours. A sugary sweetness similar to cola is left on your lips afterwards. Overall a rather enjoyable rum, way more complex than its price would suggest.

  • 4
    15 September

    This is a really nice spiced black rum. It's actually one of my favorite spiced rums - great with cola

  • 5
    14 September

    Was introduced to this rum two years ago at the age of 18, and I am a keen rum drinker. Tried it for the first time after a long shift in my pub after we had finished closing everything and my word... Now I have had some excellent rums before, and this is up there with them. So much so that it has become one of my personal top three. Excellent vanilla taste, espresso notes too with a full bodied taste leaving a lovely cinnamon and clove finish! The ginger notes aren't as prominent but are there. However, mix this excellent rum with ginger beer and brings all those lovely spices out even more! I do generally drink it neat or a rock, and it is so effortlessly smooth. Has a lovely spicy aroma that isn't harsh on the nose, nor the pallet. Having said that it is rich but also delicate. There are so many 40%ABV rums that can be very harsh and leave your mouth burning a little, but this isn't one of them! Overall, while yes no doubt there are better rums out there, for this price point, it is easily my favorite and even today I'm hard-pushed to find a dark and/or spiced rum around this price point that matches The Kraken! A pleasure to behold, a beast in your belly as they say! BONUS: The bottle is awesome too!

  • 1
    13 September


  • 5
    5 July

    Bought as a gift for a neighbour but I demanded a taster before handing it over. The best spiced rum I've tasted to date so will certainly be treating myself to a bottle.

  • 5
    23 April

    Was a present for my son. He has been enjoying it

  • 4
    15 April

    First taste. Neat with no junk: immature but drinkable, cleverly spiced. With junk: extremely quaffable (40% rum, 60% cola, no ice). Two thumbs up for the theming. Beware the Kraken.

  • 4
    8 March

    A decent spiced rum, though some flavors feel like artificial flavors induced to hide an unadged rum. That said I cannot say it's undrinkable. Usually best straight as opposed to mixed. It makes for a nice sweet, mellow dram when your peated scotch feels a bit much.

  • 5
    7 February

    Excellent. Warming with a nice little kick

  • 3
    18 December 2017

    Very strong..almost to strong. Drinking straight...the flavor reminded me of rim and coke with lime. Mixing it was better. Over all, not the best I've had and would not be in the top 3 I'd recommend to my customers.

  • 2
    27 November 2017

    Sickly sweet. Fake vanilla taste. Not for me.

  • 5
    21 November 2017

    very smooth taste that unfortunately for me everybody likes, looks like i will have to buy some more

  • 5
    14 November 2017

    Purchased for a friend who LOVES this rum and the free glass mug was a bonus, which my friend was delighted with, and it added to the gift. Great website with lots of choice, reasonable prices, easy transaction, extremely well packaged and very fast delivery, therefore I would not hesitate to purchase from the Whisky Exchange again.

  • 3
    12 October 2017

    Sorry guys me it’s just an un-aged blended rum, that’s cleverly spiced. It’s not that special, just a bit of a gimmick with a nice bottle , If you’ve read my other reviews you’ll know by now that I’m a rum drinker, and I just can’t drink this spiced rum neat, like I can’s far too raw the back of my mouth. Yet again.. I’m going to get the ginger beer out.. Spend another tenner and you’ll get so much more for your money.. granted it might not always be spiced though.

  • 5
    10 October 2017

    First time drinking this and I must say it's a delight to drink. So refreshing when mixed with ginger beer, a dash of lime and plenty of ice. Just recently acquired the taste for dark rum and this is a good start for anyone ??

  • 5
    16 September 2017

    Drinkable beyond belief. An absolute joy on the tongue. Chocolate and vanilla overtones when drunk neat, a touch of peat on the rocks. You'd be wasting it by mixing, it's best enjoyed on its own. Simply one of THE BEST rums on the market. Buy it, and more importantly, DRINK IT. It's an absolute pleasure.

  • 5
    15 September 2017

    The best black-spiced rum I have ever tasted. Not a rum connoisseur, but this is amazing to me. Will buy again and again.

  • 5
    4 September 2017

    Behold the Kraken a great rum

  • 5
    30 July 2017

    Purpose distilled rum with only one thing in mind to satisfy, wonderful.

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