I Paid: $17.99 for a 750-milliliter bottle (prices may vary by region)
Each bottle is emblazoned with an apparently hand-stippled ink sketch of a massive squid grabbing an old-timey sailing vessel. Other details embellish the bottle: a pair of glass grips protruding from the neck, “The Kraken” embossed on the bottle’s glass front and back, and a lovely silver rendering of the logo on the black cap.
It’s a gorgeous artifact, although the packaging has little to do with rum. (One could argue that sailors historically drank rum and krakens are traditional mythological adversaries of sailors … but deft marketing seems to be the aim more than historical accuracy.)
The rum itself is quite well balanced: Although it has a nice depth of spice, the predominant notes are molasses, gingerbread, and deep dark chocolate, and the spice doesn’t become grating. It pairs very well with ginger beer; the ginger aftertaste soars and elevates after the initial stormy dominance of the rum. And while the 94-proof punch doesn’t make this an easy-sipping straight rum, it’s a capable team player when it comes to mixing.