Posted by Arctic Wolf on March 28, 2010
The Kraken Black Spiced Rum
The Kraken Black Spiced Rum is a new spiced rum from Proximo Spirits. It is an imported black rum from the Caribbean, reputedly infused with 11 secret spices. The rum is named after the legendary sea monster which is claimed to have attacked sailing ships in the Caribbean during the 18th and 19th centuries. This is a 94 proof black spiced rum.
Here is an excerpt from my review:
“…The rum is very dark with what looks like a kind of dark brown and plum colouration. A moderate amount of legs are apparent when I swirl the glass, and a mildly spicy licorice, cinnamon and molasses rise into the air. I catch faint wiffs of cloves, plum preserves, and black cherries as well…”
Please read the full review here:
As well I have went out on limb and designed a new cocktail for this rum which I playfully call, My Pet Squid. Enjoy!
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Posted by Arctic Wolf on March 9, 2010
John “Calico Jack’ Rackham was a pirate of the early eighteenth century who seems to have two primary claims to fame. The first was that his design of the ship’s flag may actually have been the first use this design for a Jolly Roger flag ever on a pirate ship. The second is that his crew featured two female pirates, Anne Bonny and Mary Read (Rackham actually believed Mary Read was a man when she joined his crew).
Researching Calico Jack , I learned he received his nickname due to his fondness for colourful cotton calico clothing. Also he and Anne Bonny were apparently lovers, although it appears she was actually another man’s wife.
Calico Jack’s pirate days seem to have begun in 1718 when he was elevated to the Captaincy on an English warship during a mutiny, and it ended at the end of a hangman’s noose in November of 1720 after being captured off the shore of Jamaica. His short career of piracy was highlighted by the plundering smaller ships near the coastal shorelines in a stolen sloop and ended shortly after it began.
I could actually find little in the way of redeeming qualities for “Calico Jack” the Pirate, who appears to have captured the imagination popular culture on the basis of the Jolly Roger flag alone. He certainly seems to have been a lousy pirate. Perhaps standards were different back then, but huddling close to shorelines attacking only smaller ships, then allowing yourself to be captured after only a brief stint of pirating hardly seems to be the stuff of legend. (It is even rumoured that he was captured in a fight which saw only his female pirates fighting back. Calico Jack surrendered without a fight.)
I hope that White Rock Distillers, the owners the of Calico Jack Spiced Rum Brand have a rum which fairs better than the its namesake.
You can read the full review here:
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Posted by Arctic Wolf on February 5, 2010
Its almost Super Sunday, and the Ministry of Rum is having a contest for a Superbowl Punch recipe. I remembered a recipe that I sent forrest a while back, and decided to enter it in the contest. The recipe is my original creation as is one of the few punches I know of with peach juice. So for now I will call it my:
Peachy Superbowl Spiced Rum Punch.
Here is the recipe:
1 cup Lamb’s Blacksheep Spiced Rum
1/2 cup Appleton Estate VX Rum
1/4 cup Triple Sec
2 cups Peach Juice
3 cups Orange Juice
1/4 cup Lime Juice
3 tbsp Simple Syrup
Garnish Punch Bowl with slices of peach fruit
Finish with Large Ice Cubes
I find this to be a very refreshing drink and as you can see I fill my glass to the brim!
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Posted by Arctic Wolf on December 21, 2009
I love Rum balls, and there are about as many different ways to make them as there are different types of rum to use in the mix. The Rum Balls i make are as yummy as they are messy.
My Messy Blacksheep Rum Balls. Enjoy!
1 1/2 cup finely chopped nuts (A mixture of walnuts,pecans, and almonds)
1 1/2 cup icing sugar
4 oz grated dark bittersweet chocolate
1/3 cup Lamb’s Blacksheep Rum
1 tsp Real Vanilla Extract
1 or 2 Dairy Milk chocolate bars
Here’s how to make them:
Place the Dairy Milk bars in the refrigerator to keep them hard so they are easy to grate later.
Make sure the nuts and the first amount of chocolate is very finely chopped and grated.
Mix the first five ingredients together and form into a small ball.
Refrigerate the mixture for 1/2 hour.
When you take the mix from the refrigerator, Take about a tablespoon at a time and roll the dough into 1 1/2 inch balls.
Cover the balls with the second amount of finely grated Dairy Milk bars.
Place back on the wax paper in the flat Tupperware and seal. Refridgerate until you are ready to eat them. Yumm!
Here are the finished Messy Blacksheep Rum Balls. on the top of the tiered serving tray. I made them with equal parts of walnuts, pecans and almonds. Sometimes I will increse the almonds to fifty percent of the mix, but this is a matter of taste. You can experiment with the nut mixture and/ or the type of rum, but I chose the Blacksheep this year as I knew the overcharge of cinnamon from the rum would really go well with the rum balls. (Just click on any picture to make them larger.)
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