FRUIT & NUT 2 oz (60 ml) Raisin-Infused The Kraken Black Spiced Rum * ¾ oz (22 ml) Disaronno Amaretto 2 dashes Walnut Bitters In a mixing glass with cubed ice, combine the raisin-infused spiced rum, Amaretto and bitters. Stir to chill and dilute. Strain into a chilled old-fashioned glass over cubed ice. Garnish with reserved rum- soaked raisins on a cocktail pick. *To infuse rum with raisins, combine 1 x 750 ml bottle of rum with 1 cup (250 ml) of raisins in a 1 L (4-cup) canning jar, and let sit for 12 to 24 hours. Strain rum back into bottle and reserve raisins for garnish and perhaps your favourite dessert recipe. Oxidation Because of evaporation and the semi- porous nature of the oak, oxygen is allowed to seep through the wood and provides desirable oxidation, allowing additional esters to form and increasing aldehydes and acids. Concentration Concentration is a result of evaporation and volume loss of the spirit remaining in the barrel. The unchanged, original components of the spirit are concentrated over time along with the newly extracted and oxidized constituents. Filtration When the inside of a barrel is charred, a layer of charcoal is produced and will act as a filter to remove undesirable compounds. Colouration The charring process slightly degrades the tannins in the wood and creates the “red layer” of caramelized sugars giving the spirit a reddish colour that deepens as it ages. The spirit’s colour may turn brown through the process of oxidation, and the concentration of colour will increase over time because of evaporation.
AMARETTO DISARONNO ORIGINALE Italy $29.99 2253 Said to first be created in 1525 in Saronno, Italy, this sweet liqueur is made from apricot kernels along with 17 spices and fruits, balanced to taste like almond and marzipan with a sprinkle of spice.
THE KRAKEN BLACK SPICED RUM Trinidad-Tobago $30.99 199455 This aged Caribbean rum distilled from molasses is perfectly balanced with spices, including cinnamon, nutmeg, clove and vanilla. The dark, deep, rich flavours are fitting for the legendary sea creature it is named after.
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