Captain Morgan

Captain Morgan

In 1654 a young Henry Morgan left his native Wales for the West Indies. He never looked back. A born leader, he quickly made Captain and became famous as a legal pirate or Buccaneer, defending British interests and generally rocking the Caribbean.

His awesome exploits on the high seas earned him a knighthood and by 1680 Sir Henry Morgan was a plantation owner and Governor of Jamaica. There he lived out his final days until his death in 1688.

Sugar cane was used to make alcoholic drinks in Egyptian times but it was not until the 16th century that farmers and workers on Caribbean sugar cane plantations took up this ancient tradition. They took molasses, the dark, sticky by-product of the sugar making process and distilled it into a harsh, strong spirit. Rum in the raw. As plantations spread, so did the tradition of making rum.

Plantations from Jamaica to Latin America each had their own different rum but one thing united them all. They were strong. Very strong. So to soften the blow, distillers would add their own unique recipes of herbs, spices and fruits.

Just as the young Henry Morgan came of age in the Caribbean, so too does the rum that bears his name. We take American white oak bourbon barrels, char them, and fill them with triple distilled rum. Then we leave them to rest and mature.

The charred barrels play a huge part in shaping the rum's flavour, helping release the vanillin, tannins and caramelizing sugars. Ageing in these barrels also mellows the spirit and helps create the rich golden colour that is characteristic of Captain Morgan ® Original Spiced.
What makes Captain Morgan Original Spiced taste so good? It's all about the blend.

Rums of the same age and batch can vary hugely in style, taste and colour. Once distilled, their diverse flavours can be influenced by many factors. How long it is matured. Where it is matured. What it is matured in.

So our Master Blenders need to blend the rum with a secret recipe of spices and flavours from the four corners of the globe to make the perfect blend. Naturally, this involves tasting and re-tasting until they get the Captain Morgan blend just right. It's a tough job but, hey, someone's got to do it.

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