Welcome to the Friday Happy Hour, your single drink primer for the weekend.
I admit freely that when it comes to liquor, I can easily be seduced by bottle imagery. Shallow, I know, but when beautiful imagery is actually matched by flavor, well, that’s it. Done.
The first night Tom Brown showed me a bottle of The Kraken black spiced rum, it was Christmas Eve at The Passenger, and I was in a magical mood. The vintage image of the beast from the deep hit all my old Mystic Seaport memories from being a kid peeping at exotic (and often erotic) scrimshaw. The color, dark as the night sea, was also pretty evocative. But let’s be honest, it could’ve tasted like bilgewater.
Only it didn’t.
Distilled in Trinidad & Tabago, The Kraken’s got a rich taste redolent of molasses, and with some 13 secret spices at about 94 proof this is definitely a rum to sip slowly and enjoy. Lately, I just can’t get enough of the stuff and was back this week to ask for more. It just makes me happy. Luckily The Passenger is open through this weekend’s storm – like an old sailor that won’t be kept down – so stomp the snow off your boots and ask for a taste of my favorite winter rum.