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Review: Captain Morgan Cannon Blast

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captain morgan cannon blastCaptain Morgan already has a vast command of bars around the world. Now the company is getting into the shot game with the launch of Captain Morgan Cannon Blast, “an intensely delicious shot” that comes in the cleverest packaging I’ve seen in years.

What’s Cannon Blast? “Caribbean rum with spice and natural flavors.” Isn’t that the same thing as Captain Morgan anyway? Turns out, no.

Cannon Blast’s nose is quite sweet, offering distinct notes of orange candies, a touch of cinnamon, and a bit of cherry — nothing particularly rum-like at all, actually. The body is extremely sweet — far beyond anything in a straight rum — with more of that orange candy note pervading the experience. Some mixed fruit elements come into play before the finish kicks in — pure cinnamon, and lots of it, adding a Fireball-like bite that comes on strong and lingers for at least a minute. This washes away most of the fruitier elements and leaves the drinker with quite a smoldering burn to contend with — for better or for worse. It’s not bad, but you’re definitively in “shot” territory — as intended — with all the ham-fistedness that comes with it.

As for the aforementioned packaging, Cannon Blast comes in a simulacrum of a cannonball and is etched with paint that fluoresces under black light. Shine one on the Captain and he turns into a creepy skeleton. That may not be a big deal at home, but up in da club it’s bound to help sell more than a few test tubes full of the stuff, at least in the hands of the right wench.

70 proof.

B / $16 / us.captainmorgan.com

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Christopher Null

Christopher Null is the founder and editor in chief of Drinkhacker. A veteran writer and journalist, he also operates Null Media, a bespoke content company.

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  1. Daniel June 1, 2016

    This rum was honestly the best i’ve had. Having just turned 21 my palette was pretty much limited to coerced bottles of Captain Morgan and Captain Nelson, but this is the first, Legal, botlle i’ve had and it is quite good. the bottle, though awkward to handle, the price shown is a bit higher than i paid, a bit more than $14 at Walmart. but it’s more than worth the price, the bottle does indeed react to a blacklight (thank you author i would have never known that without this article) I will definitely be looking here for more reviews on products before i try them, rather than after (in the case of Twisted Tea, disgusting)

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  2. bill September 14, 2016

    fill a glass with ice and mix it 25 % cannonball and the rest with vernors..makes a nice mellow drink with a kick

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  3. David April 1, 2017

    Not like it is described. Could not find any orange or cherry. Didn’t get any sweetness either. Jack-O-Blast and the coconut are very good.

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  4. b.G April 9, 2017

    Not sure who thinks this is good. If you do you’re high as fck. It smells like windex and tastes TERRIBLE.

    The place we go to will not even charge people for it. It’s THAT bad.

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