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Hook's Caribbean Spiced Rum

Hook's Caribbean
Spiced Rum


By Robert Plotkin

Most people assess the character of a spiced rum by how well it mixes with cola. Really? How are you going to discern what a rum tastes like with all that mixer doused on top? No, the best way to go about it is to pour some spiced rum into an empty glass and let your senses choose which will be better when mixed. If it tastes great alone in a glass, it's got to be marvelous when mixed. That's how you pick a contender and that's exactly how you should first experience Hook's Caribbean Spiced Rum.

The brand proves that you needn't drain your wallet to get a top-shelf spiced rum. Hook's has a golden/amber hue, a satiny textured body and a wafting bouquet of honey, vanilla and baking spices. Its lush aromatics are quite enticing. The rum's entry onto the palate is soft and gentle and then quickly expands filling the mouth with the balanced flavors of clove, cinnamon, caramel and vanilla. The finish is long, dry and spicy warm.

Hook's Caribbean Spiced Rum is made in Weston, Missouri, from molasses-base, continuous-distilled rum. It is infused with an all-natural spice package that includes cinnamon, clove and nutmeg. The balance between the spices and the base rum is impeccable. The finished product is bottled at 35% alcohol (70 proof).

The brand's success spawned the release of Hook's Caribbean Black Spiced Rum, a spirit imbued with an intriguing color and unlimited applications behind the bar. The rum also delivers a bit more kick than the first version as it's 46% alcohol (92 proof). Hook's Black has a medium-weight body and a generous nose. Because of its elevated proof, the rum's entry is a touch warm, but that quickly dissipates leaving behind an array of delectable spicy, bakery-like flavors. The lingering finish is equally engaging.

Both versions of Hook's Caribbean Spiced Rum are ideally suited for drinking making. Their brilliant aromas and lavish palates are guaranteed to enhance any mixer, juice or drink mix.

Great character at an affordable price is an unbeatable combination.