Review: Captain Morgan Private Stock Spiced Rum / by Jason Hambrey

2 years, ex-bourbon barrels
From molasses
Distiller Captain Morgan (St. Croix, US Virgin Islands)

Interestingly, I don't find this rum on the captain morgan website. However, in Canada, this bottle is the most expensive captain morgan (at $35), above the black spiced, bold spiced, spiced, white spiced, gold, dark, and white labels. When I started that list I didn't know we had so many Captain Morgans here....

The rum is produced in the Virgin Islands, though its origins came from Seagrams who started to make it in Jamaica but it has moved a few times and now is produced in the Virgin Islands.

Review (2014)

  • Batch: N/A

  • Bottling Code: N/A

  • Bottling Date: 2013

Nose: Some nice brown sugar and vanilla notes. it's a bit fruity as well, not the berry notes of bacardi but rather notes of honey, dark brown sugar, light and perhaps slightly citrus fruit - maybe pineapple and perhaps a bit of pear. I do quite like this nose. A touch of cinnamon as well. A bit of almost pastry-like notes as well; brown sugar, butter and flour. A bit floral and perfumed too.

Taste: Thick, sweet, with lots of vanilla, brown sugar, and coconut,  and a touch of molasses bitterness and cinnamon at the end and a slight warming finish with butterscotch on the end. Interesting because I didn't really enjoy this as much the second time I drank it (i.e. after I bought it), but this time it once again seems quite fine, perhaps because I have been primed with some coffee. A bit plain compared to the Bacardi 8 or Sailor Jerry, but I still do like it.

Finish: the molasses plays with the mouth a bit, but rather fragile still. However, there isn't anything lacking in the finish.

Value: Low to Average. Not expensive, but - even though years ago I quite liked the style - now I go for more interesting, less sweet rums.