Blackbeard Spiced Rum Review

BlackBeard Spiced Rum Review
Blackbeard Spiced Rum

Spiced rums are a very nice tool to have in your spirits tool kit. They often mix well, are very affable and are a great transition for drinkers into the world of rum. Blackbeard Spiced Rum (a Puerto Rican Spiced Rum from the folks at DonQ Rum)¬†is one of the more approachable and flavorful rums we’ve tried in this category.

Blackbeard Spiced Rum (86 proof – $17 per Litre) is golden brown in color. The nose is soft and vanilla with absolutely no vapor. It reminds us a little of vanilla extract and it has the slightest hint of cola under it. The entry is decidedly vanilla from the start and then unfolds to reveal pepper,¬†coriander, allspice and some cola. The transition from sweet vanilla to savory spice is exceptional and absolutely¬†seamless. The spice isn’t overpowering (as it can be with spiced rums) and it balances out quite nicely . Enough of the sweet vanilla sticks around to combine with the spice on the finish which lingers for a very, very long time. There is just a hint of cooling at the end and a hint of dryness at the very end of the finish.

Blackbeard Spiced Rum – begins as a sweet and approachable rum with lush sweet vanilla and then eases you along into some really nice spice with a superb finish. It’s a fantastic journey. As a mixing rum, Blackbeard does extremely well. It doesn’t get completely lost in drinks because it’s at a higher proof than rums like Captain Morgan’s Spiced Rum (which is 70 proof). Extremely well priced and extraordinarily enjoyable, Blackbeard Spiced Rum is Highly Recommended

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+Geoff Kleinman, is the founder, and managing editor of He is a nationally recognized spirits columnist and staff reviewer for Whisky Advocate Magazine. Geoff's work has appeared in dozens of major magazines including Playboy Magazine, Black Book, and Mixology Magazine. He is a current sitting judge for the Ultimate Spirits Challenge, the founder of the Society of Modern Journalists, holds BAR certification from the Beverage Alcohol Resource Group, is a Certified Cognac Educator, and a Kentucky Colonel