Captain Morgan has a new offering called LocoNut. They describe it as “an intensely delicious blend of Caribbean rum, coconut liqueur, spice and natural flavors.” They also note that it’s gluten free, and recommend you serve it chilled. I recently received a free bottle of Captain Morgan LocoNut to try.
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Taste of Captain Morgan LocoNut
Packaging isn’t important to the taste of a spirit, but it’s worth a mention here. The bottle is shaped like a coconut, with a label that looks like a broken coconut shell. And the design on it is actually coconut scented, designed to release fragrance when you scratch it. I mention this because it really sets the mood. Just picking up the bottle, it gave my hands the coconut scent and made me want to drink it immediately.
But this is not your standard coconut rum. The strongest note is a refreshing coconut. But then you get the hint of spice, which tastes like something along the lines of cinnamon, cloves, maybe nutmeg or allspice. They’re not strong enough to compete with the coconut, though. It’s like coconut with a little something extra. Coconut with benefits.
And there’s a richness to it, almost like coconut milk. This is an easy drink to fall in love with. I think you would have to hate coconut to not like it. It’s a deliciously powerful flavor.
Compared to coconut Rum?
You may be wondering how it compares to Malibu and other coconut rums, but they really are two completely different things. Malibu rum is just straight up coconut flavor. And while LocoNut is mostly coconut, those hints of spice make all the difference. For drinking straight up, I honestly like LocoNut better. And that surprised me because I enjoy coconut rum – a lot. But this is something special.
In cocktails, I think you could generally use this instead of a plain coconut rum. I can’t think of any cocktail it would ruin, and it would probably improve most of them.