Easily the most recognisable bottles of dark and black rum on the market are bottles such as The Kraken Spiced Rum or Captain Morgan Black Spiced, with these products commonly used as very sweet rum products at parties.
These, however, do not represent the best dark rums available, with more noteworthy bottles including Gosling's Black Seal Rum and Hamilton Jamaican Pot Still Black Rum, being better representations of this category of spirit.
The flavour profiles of all of these rums can vary greatly, however, with the bottle of Gosling’s being characteristically rich and creamy, containing strong flavours of caramel, vanilla, fruits, and liquorice, and the bottle of Hamilton being known for its stronger flavours of citrus, herb, grass, and spice.
With the range of flavours present in dark and black rums being so diverse, it is highly recommended that you research each bottle before buying rather than making any general assumptions.
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Pairing Food with Dark & Black Rum
Due to the extremely complex flavours present in every bottle of dark and black rum, it can be a difficult process to narrow down which food categories go best.
For those bottles containing heavily sweet flavours of vanilla, cream, caramel, and gentle spice, it is ideal to pair these with very rich and sweet dessert dishes, such as sticky date pudding or heavy chocolate mud-cake.
If your bottle is more herbal, grassy, and citric in flavour, it is more appropriate to pair these bottles with citrus based desserts, such as lemon meringue, or lemon custard puffs.