Rum - Spiced

Captain Morgan 1671 Commemorative Blend Spiced Rum

From: Virgin Islands (U.S.) Liquor Review Category: Spiced Rum

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San Francisco World Spirits Competition

  • 2014

Beverage Testing Institute

  • This bottle has not been rated by this competition.

Wine Enthusiast

  • 2014

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Captain Morgan 1671 Commemorative Blend Spiced Rum is a limited edition rum launched in 2014. The date is meant to celebrate a raid by the historical Captain Morgan on the Spanish For San Lorenzo in that same year. It uses a "unique blend of spices" and aged in Spanish Oak, which signals to us a sherry oak finish popular with many different single malt scotches.

We had the opportunity try the 1671 and found it "decidedly better than the standard brand and easily worth the stretch for spiced rum fans." It's highest and best use for us was in a classic, fresh strawberry daiquiri with fresh lime juice, strawberries, and agave nectar muddled with 2 oz or 1671 shaken and served on the rocks.

Captain Morgan is the spiced rum you can find everywhere. It's at every college party and goes with every cola at that party. The brand was founded in 1945 and is named for Captain Henry Morgan who was both famous pirate and eventually governor of Jamaica in colonial times. The brand is owned by Diageo; it was originally distilled by Seralles in Puerto Rico but was moved to St Croix after a somewhat acrimonious bidding war between the two nations (see the full write-up in Caribbean Business). The new Captain Morgan Distillery was opened in 2011.

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This bottle has 3 ratings and 3 reviews.
flintquatch flintquatch (196) (2015-04-12)
Its very watery... saying that it is all spice on the taste. Delicious, but not quality rum.
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Proof66 Staff Proof66 Staff (95) (2014-07-16)
It's hard for us to really get excited about spiced rum... but we were very pleasantly surprised and delighted by the versatility and mixability of the 1671. It is contra-indicated for drinking straight. That's a decidedly unpleasant experience. If you like sipping on the rocks, seek elsewhere. But this is not news to people who drink Captain Morgan products. In coke, with lime, with strawberries, with ginger... in most common settings, the Captains performed well. The 1671 consistently performed a touch better than the Flagship Captain, which may not quite be the recommendation for a product that's about 60% higher in price (we paid $13 for our bottle of Flagship while the 1671 retails for about $20) but it is decidedly better; easily worth the stretch for spiced rum fans.
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degbert degbert (147) (2014-06-17)
When I was a kid, I used to bake with my mom, and I was always disappointed that vanilla smelled so good but was not edible. This rum smells like really good vanilla -- but is edible! And good! Rich, sweet, and with a spicy complexity that puts me in mind of warm gingerbread. Captain Morgan continues to surprise me with their competency, and in this case also manages to heal a deep, deep childhood wound. I am complete, and am that much closer to Buddha nature.
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