I poured a little Captain Morgan Original Spiced, and a little Captain Morgan 100 Spiced into side by side glencairn glasses to see if I could tease out whatever differences there were between the two rums. Immediately, I noticed that there was a slightly darker and slightly richer colour to the 100 proof rum. Of course in these days of caramel colouring we cannot really make much of this, but I would say that there is a greater visual appeal to the 100 proof spirit. As expected, it also shows stronger, thicker legs in the glass as a higher proof spirit should.
In my review for the , I noted how the rum was a little rough and harsh when sipped neat. The Captain Morgan 100 Proof Spiced Rum however, surprised me in the side by side tasting by carrying less roughness onto the palate. This rum is smoother than its lower proof sibling even though it carries more of an alcoholic punch. The flavours which I associate with good rum like oak spices which meld into a nice rummy caramel are more apparent in the stronger version of the rum. I think perhaps these characteristics have been watered down in the 70 proof spirit, which allows only the vanilla to come to the fore. The 100 proof spirit with its higher alcohol content and more concentrated flavours just seems richer, smoother and more appealing.
The subject of this review, Captain Morgan 100 Spiced Rum is an overproof variation of the Captain Morgan Original Spiced Rum. It is bottled at 50 % alcohol by volume rather than at the 35 % alcohol by volume strength of the original spiced rum. The Captain Morgan 100 Spiced Rum is a blend of Caribbean rums which have been aged in white oak barrels. It has been suggested to me that in the past, Captain Morgan rums sold in Canada have included some Canadian distilled rum in their blends for tax purposes. However, it is unclear whether this is still the case. I note that the Canadian based website for Captain Morgan makes no mention of any Canadian distillate in the blend.
The Captain Morgan 100 Spiced Rum is much more my style of Spiced rum than the Original Spiced from Captain Morgan. It seems to carry a little less vanilla in the initial flavour, a little more oak, and a better balance of spice versus vanilla in the flavour profile. Somehow, as a 100 proof spirit, it tastes smoother and mixes more easily than its lower proof sibling. I hope the trend I have noticed recently of higher proof spiced rums continues as on the whole these higher proof spirits seem to appeal to me with more robust flavour both neat and in the cocktail.
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