Apothic Dark

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Price: $16.15
Made in: California, USA
By: E. & J. Gallo Winery

Always nice to try a new Apothic wine and this one is found in Canada. Nice label, dark which always appeals to us and even the cork is black with the Apothic logo in white, on it. The wine is a real dark red. Lots of berries in the nose with some hints of leather and burnt wood. The mouthfeel is pretty nice some decent tannins, dryness in the finish. Good mild sweetness, but overall some bitterness with the blueberries, blackberries and light sourness in the end. Was expecting to be too rich and full of vanilla but no. This is quite a decent mass-produced wine.

Rating: 3.7/5

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The Kraken Black Spiced Rum

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Price: $29.95
Made in: Jersey City, NJ
By: Proximo Spirits

This American-bottled (from Trinidad & Tobago) dark rum has a great looking bottle and a very nice commercial playing on television right now. It is a great sipping rum that we have enjoyed (as you can see the content missing from our picture). Dark amber in colour, almost cola-looking. At 47% ABV, you can smell the alcohol, but before that, a nice scent of vanilla, molasses, caramel and notes of other spices. In the mouth, it is pretty smooth with a little warmth going down. A touch of plum, mild molasses and light fruits. The spices are very light in the mix and only felt in the finish with the vanilla lingering in the aftertaste. A very nice sipping dark and warming rum which is not over-spiced. Highly recommended.