Baileys Pumpkin Spice

LCBO#: 519272
Price: $29.95
Made in: Ireland, United Kingdom
By: R & A Bailey & Co Ltd

This limited edition Pumpkin Spice Baileys Irish Cream is a first here for Autumn 2017. We love things that are pumpkin and spices. Things that reminds us of Halloween. The base has the nice, smooth and creamy butterscotch notes in mouth and nose. The spices are what is different here. The aromas give out a tad of a nod to the eggnog that will come after this release is gone. The spices are a little more present in the taste, warming things with the alcohol. You can almost taste pumpkin purée, even though there is none. Great in coffee. Hope they release this every year.


Harry’s Hurricane Spiced Rum

LCBO#: 318642
Price: $19.95
Made in: Canada
By: Kittling Ridge Ltd.

Reviewed this on Tuesday, as it was National Rum Day. Purchased this rum bottle a few years back, when available at the LCBO and was quite inexpensive. Also being from my country, did not expect much of it, as this spirit is not our forte. Little did I know I was wrong and this is quite a great rum for the price. Butterscotch aromas with the alcohol warming, spices and vanilla notes. The mouthfeel is surprisingly not that much of a burning. Actually, quite smooth overall. Maybe a little watered-down, but still, nice flavours of caramel, vanilla and spices. Easy to sip as is, but a great bargain if you wish to mix as well.

The Kraken Black Spiced Rum

20121201-191958.jpgLCBO#: 225698
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.

Captain Morgan Black Spiced Rum

20121130-201041.jpgLCBO#: 283929
Price: $30.95
Made in: Rochester, NY
By: Schenley / Diageo

Beautifully packaged in a clear bottle with an old-school label. Really liked the plastic over the cap (wish we could of kept a bit of it – see photo). Also, came with a nice keychain. Pours a dark brown colour with a lot of alcohol in the nose. Notes of cola and vanilla. The alcohol eventually softens, but there is still some burning in the mouthfeel. Sweet aromas like maple syrup and butterscotch come out with time. Roasted grain taste with molasses, brown sugars, cloves and hints of anise and vanilla (from the oak). This double charred blackened oak rum is quite pleasant once left breathing, but if you are looking for something a bit smoother… release “The Kraken” (its competition – also reviewed on here).