"They Called Her Blackheart": Blackheart Spiced Rum Review

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Once dominated by Captain Morgan, the spiced rum category has seen a dramatic increase in national brands offered over the past 2 years. Coincidentally in that same time there has been a large spike in the number of national television and radio advertisements for Captain Morgan Spiced rum. It’s as if national brands realized that “The Captain” had a gold mine all to itself and decided they want in. The latest brand, Blackheart Rum, comes from Heaven Hill Distilleries and tells the story of “Blackheart”, the sultry seductress of the high seas.

“They called her Blackheart. She was bold and bawdy. Cunning and cutthroat. Sexy and seductive. She fought like a man. She drank like a man, but she was every inch a woman. She had a body that entranced and a lusty look that turned boys into men and men into blubbering fools. Every man wanted her. Every woman wanted to be her. No man could resist her. But few could have her.

No one knows where she came from. Some say she was a mermaid who lived as a human for a few rowdy and rambunctious years. Some say she was a princess who ran off to sea to live wild and carefree before she returned to her castle. Some say she was the daughter of Aphrodite herself.

What is known is that she left a trail of broken hearts wherever she traveled. That’s how she came to be known as Blackheart.

Here’s the rum she drank to celebrate her conquest”

It’s an interesting story along with a “seductive”  label depicting the infamous Blackheart character with a pin up style of artwork putting a new spin on the  “pirate” theme that has been continuously overdone with spiced rum.

Initially upon opening the bottle, strong aromas of caramel and vanilla hit the nose. After tasting it the vanilla comes through more than anything.  It’s a very sweet rum sure to please those that like sugary concoctions but at 93 proof, this definitely isn’t a rum to be taken lightly. Overall taste and smoothness would make this comparable more to a mid-grade rum  with a vanilla kick decent by itself, but perfect for mixing. Add some coke or sprite and it’ll go down easy. Below are a few recipes courtesy of Blackheart Rum.

Daggers Delight

2 oz. Blackheart Spiced Rum
7 oz. Mountain Dew
7 oz. Root Beer
Add Blackheart Premium Spiced Rum to glass half filled with ice. Fill glass with Mountain Dew® and Root Beer.

Buttered Pancakes

1 oz. Blackheart Spiced Rum
1 oz. peach schnapps
6 oz. Coke

Pour Blackheart Premium Spiced Rum, Peach Schnapps, and Cola into a highball glass half filled with ice. Stir well and serve.

Ginger Grog

2 oz. Blackheart Spiced Rum
4 oz. Ginger Ale


Alex is a full time consultant with 10+ years experience in the wine & spirits + consumer packaged goods industries. He is not a professional bartender, but is BarSmarts certified and makes a mean caipirinha. When not writing, Alex can be found traveling, spending time with his family, or bar hopping.


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    I’ve always worried about tasting any rum that says “premium” on the label.

    JM Rhum, the venerable brand from Martinique does not call itself Premium.

    There is a VAST sea of difference between these two. Wouldn’t you say?

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      Better late than never in my replies right? But, yes huge difference between the two

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    JulieAnn Hillyer Reply

    Who makes it. And where..I love your rum…we were having a discussion over which is best..capt morgan or..blackheart..I love blackheart spiced. ..he says never heard of it…ha

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