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Captain Morgan Grapefruit Flavoured Rum

Review: Captain Morgan Grapefruit Flavoured Rum  87.5/100
review by Chip Dykstra (Aka the Rum Howler)
Published April 14 2015

On February 11, 2015, Captain Morgan introduced three flavors to its fleet of rums, CAPTAIN MORGAN® Pineapple Rum, CAPTAIN MORGAN® Coconut Rum, and CAPTAIN MORGAN® Grapefruit RumThese new Caribbean flavors are each five times distilled and of course made from cane molasses. Each of the expression blends natural flavors with CAPTAIN MORGAN® White Rum, resulting in a spirit which can be enjoyed as a summer cocktail mixer.

According to my Dan Kleinman, Vice President of Marketing, Rums for Diageo North America:

“This summer, we’re looking for consumers to flip over their hammocks and have a little fun with their mojitos and daiquiris by enjoying our new pineapple, coconut and grapefruit extensions. After last year’s successful launch of CAPTAIN MORGAN® White Rum, we wanted to expand our offerings in the category. These flavors allow adult fans to diversify their cocktails, providing them with a taste of the Caribbean no matter where they may be responsibly enjoying our products.”

The marketing team for Diageo sent me samples of all three of the new flavoured rums for review on my website, and I have decided to begin the review series with a look at Captain Morgan Grapefruit Rum.

CM_White_GrapefruitIn the Bottle 4/5

I have said before that it is hard to argue with the impact the iconic Captain Morgan Logo has had upon the world of rum. The swashbuckling privateer with his leg set upon a rum barrel is one of the most recognized symbols in the industry. Even though the bottle for the Grapefruit Rum is of the standard bar room variety, the logo on the label brings attention to the brand and makes it immediately recognizable on the store shelf. The Captain Morgan Logo has come to symbolize the entire category of spiced rum, now it is trying to do the same for the flavoured rum category.

In the Glass 9/10

In the glass, the spirit is clear with very little if any hint of colour. When I tilted the glass and gave it a slow twirl, the consistency of the spirit in the glass gave only a small indication of syrupy thickness. It is my inclination to believe that whatever sugar or sweetener which has been added to the spirit must have been added judiciously.

I had a few of my Rum Chums with me when I first opened the sample bottle, and so I let everyone have a sniff of the glass after I had examined it visually. One of the members of my rum group actually gasped when she took her first cautious sniff. The reason was that the glass carried about as pure of a grapefruit nose as any of us had ever encountered in an alcohol spirit. It was as if I had just cut a grapefruit in half and handed that out for everyone to examine instead of the flavoured rum in a glencairn glass. After giving the glass a few minutes, and giving our noses some time to adjust to the luscious grapefruit scent we all came to notice a lovely rum-like butterscotch scent which filtered up through the aroma of fresh fruit. Everyone in my rum group was delighted at how refreshing the nose of the grapefruit rum was and at how wonderful the flavoured rum promised to be.

In the Mouth 52.5/60

The problem with serving a new rum to my group without pre-tasting it first and gathering some notes from which to construct a review, is that if the spirit proves to be a real winner, I may not get a second chance taste. That almost happened with the Grapefruit Rum from Captain Morgan. Everyone who was at my little rum gathering (after sampling the flavoured rum neat) clamored for me to make them a cocktail. I kept it simple, and mixed the Captain Morgan Grapefruit Rum with a little lime and grapefruit juice with just a touch of simple syrup over ice. When I served the cocktails I built to my guests, it was as if the mixed drinks were inhaled rather than sipped for enjoyment. Frankly, the simple cocktail was terrific, and before I new it, I was serving everyone a second. Then I noticed my bottle of the Grapefruit Rum was more than 3/4 empty, and I was forced to close it up so that I could examine the spirit more fully for this review. I confess however, that over the next few days I kept stealing away to make just one more cocktail and my bottle was emptied before I could make more accurate tasting notes.

What I can tell you is that the grapefruit flavour of the spirit is refreshing, and this fruit flavour is accompanied by a mild rum-like sweetness which not only compliments the dominant grapefruit, it enhances it as well taking the flavoured rum to a level of enjoyment that I had not expected.

In the Throat 13/15

The finish, as one would expect, is rather short (this is a five times distilled spirit after all) with the firm flavour of grapefruit dominating the exit. As you would expect, a mild rum-like sweetness accompanies the fruit; however, the exit remains refreshingly crisp with none of the cloying sweetness which plagues many flavoured spirits.

The Afterburn 9/10

I was not expecting the quality which I tasted within the Captain Morgan Grapefruit Rum. Captain Morgan, after all is a brand for the masses, and their spiced rums are designed to be inoffensive crowd pleasers. With the Grapefruit Rum, Captain Morgan perhaps went just a little ways further out on a limb than they would normally, as they pulled back the sweetness of the spirit and let the grapefruit shine.

It was a great decision as my score of 87.5/100 indicates. I do not often search out flavoured spirits, but I will be searching for more of this one.

If you are interested in comparing more scores, here is a link to my other published Rum Reviews.


Suggested Cocktail

My Rum Group drained most of my sample bottle with this simple cocktail.

SAM_1491 Grapefruit SmittenGrapefruit Smitten

2 oz Captain Morgan Grapefruit Rum
1 1/2 oz fresh grapefruit juice
1/2 oz Fresh Squeezed lime juice
1/4 oz Simple syrup

Build in a small rocks glass over ice
And of course

Enjoy Responsibly!

Note: If  you are interested in more of my original cocktail recipes, please click this link (Cocktails and Recipes) for more of my mixed drink recipes!


You may (loosely) interpret the scores as follows.

0-25     A spirit with a rating this low would actually kill you.
26-49   Depending upon your fortitude you might actually survive this.
50 -59  You are safe to drink this…but you shouldn’t.
60-69   Substandard swill which you may offer to people you do not want to see again.
70-74    Now we have a fair mixing rum or whisky.  Accept this but make sure it is mixed into a cocktail.
75-79    You may begin to serve this to friends, again probably still cocktail territory.
80-84    We begin to enjoy this spirit neat or on the rocks. (I will still primarily mix cocktails)
85-89    Excellent for sipping or for mixing!
90-94    Definitely a primary sipping spirit, in fact you may want to hoard this for yourself.
95-97.5 The Cream of the Crop
98+       I haven’t met this bottle yet…but I want to.

Very loosely we may put my scores into terms that you may be familiar with on a Gold, Silver, and  Bronze medal  scale as follows:

70 – 79.5    Bronze Medal (Recommended only as a mixer)
80 – 89.5     Silver Medal (Recommended for sipping and or a high quality mixer)
90 – 95         Gold Medal (Highly recommended for sipping and for sublime cocktails.)
95.5+            Platinum Award (Highest Recommendation)


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