Whenever I find myself leaving my office for lunch, I try to plan my route so that I am able to visit one of my local package stores on my way. My motto is “You never know what you might find.”
So, during yesterday’s lunch hour, I dropped by a store new to me. It was a typical mom-and-pop package store. They had one’s and two’s of the most popular rums (i.e. Bacardi, Captain Morgan, Cruzan). Finding nothing of interest is typical for these types of ‘pass through’ shopping trips so I quickly headed for the door. While scanning the register area, I noticed some pints behind the counter including Captain Morgan’s Tattoo rum.
Not being a big fan of Captain Morgan products, Tattoo is a line I’ve managed to avoid…until today. Honestly I thought Tattoo had been discontinued, so seeing a pint on the shelf caught my eye. It’s reasonable price was enough to make me buy a bottle. Not until later would I realize my mistake.
Once home, I visited the Captain Morgan website to verify if Tattoo is still being produced (it is). Next, I checked the CM site for recommended Tattoo cocktail recipes (there are none). With no recommended cocktails, I quickly reviewed the bottle/label for hints on how to consume Tattoo. Tattoo is licorice black in color and it’s label states: “Puerto Rican Rum with Spice & Other Natural Flavors”.
With not much to go on, I decided to go with a standby drink: Dark ‘n Stormy. My assumption being, Tattoo rum is black so it might be a usable ‘black’ rum. My assumption was wrong and I owe an apology to the people of Bermuda. I am sorry.
Mixing up this Dark ‘n Stormy:
4oz Gosling’s Ginger Beer
2oz of Captain Morgan Tattoo
I layered the Tattoo over the Ginger Beer in a lowball glass and snapped a quick photo. The effect was quite appealing. During the pouring and stirring phase I noticed Tattoo’s medicinal aroma. Tattoo is a spiced rum heavy on licorice and clove. It has a cough syrup flavor with a limited, traditional rum flavor.
The sharp, Gosling’s ginger beer is quite good but Tattoo’s medicinal flavor is extremely overpowering. The ginger never had a chance to blend.
Since I have 1/2 pint left of Tattoo I will search a bit more to hopefully find a cocktail where it can blend better and be a better mixing partner. I wish Captain Morgan would publish some recipes to help users enjoy this product. Tattoo is unique to say the least but if it cannot play better with other ingredients it won’t have a repeated place in TheRumTrader’s cabinet.