Black is the new black!

Behold: five bold, dark rums.

Blackheart Spiced Rum
Named for a supposed (or entirely fictional?) swashbuckling, hard-partying femme fatale of the high seas, Blackheart by Heaven Hill Distilleries celebrates her wanton ways with a 93-proof spiced rum perfect for blending into tropical-inspired libations.
Try: Tommy Bahama Restaurant & Bar in Town Square.
Buy: Total Wine & More, $15.

The Kraken Black Spiced Rum
At 94-proof, the Kraken is a beast! Imported black Caribbean rums from Trinidad and Tobago are blended with spices for a rich, highly flavorful rum well suited to sipping on the rocks or incorporating into cocktails.
Try: Chandelier Bar in the Cosmopolitan.
Buy: Lee’s Discount Liquor, $18.

Mount Gay Eclipse Black Rum
Mount Gay’s newest issue is an intense 100-proof blend of Barbados rums aged 2-7 years in lightly charred Kentucky oak. You could try it neat, but this rum likes to mix it up.
Try: Hussong’s Cantina in the Shops at Mandalay Place.
Buy: Total Wine & More, $18.

Bacardi Oakheart Spiced Rum
Oakheart incorporates autumn prescribed spices and flavorings, including cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla and caramel. Remember that when you’re spiking something warm this season.
Try: Frankie’s Tiki Room at 1712 W. Charleston Blvd.
Buy: Khoury’s Fine Wine & Spirits, $14.

Malibu Black Rum
With a higher proof and lower sweetness, this amber rum still offers that hint of coconut that has made Malibu Original a poolside staple, but Malibu Black wants to party at night.
Try: First Food & Bar in the Shoppes at the Palazzo.
Buy: Lee’s Discount Liquors, $15.



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