I’ve never been much of a rum guy. Sure, its in the house but only for mixing into Sangrias. I jumped on the Kraken bandwagon a while ago but it still was not enough to get me to actually buy a bottle. Having recently been really into making Dark and Stormies, I accidentally stumbled upon Calico Jack 94 proof Caribbean black spiced rum. I was in need of an affordable bottle to bring to an event I was running. As I scanned the bottles at the liquor store, my eyes caught the skull and crossbones of Calico Jack staring back at me, and with a price tag of only $16.99 I figured it was worth a shot. When we opened it up and poured some out before mixing it with ginger ale, my friend and I both looked at each other. The taste was incredible. It was so rich, almost like chocolate. The aftertaste was light, highly contrasted to its deep, dark color. Make no mistake, even a mere sip of this stuff packs a punch, so you better be careful.
Later uses included making the ubiquitous Dark and Stormy, which I used Trader Joe’s organic ginger beer for. The result was an excellent mix of sweetness, spice, and an old-fashioned Caribbean rum flavor. It will kick your ass and blow your mind. You just need to get your hands on a bottle of this stuff, which I only spotted at one store in Atlantic Highlands and so far nowhere else. Enjoy, but drink responsibly. It catches up to you before you know it.
4.5 out of 5 stars.