This has the spiced characteristics that Captain Morgan drinkers have become use to, but this rum has a completely different blend. I pick up more clove flavor and a swagger that previous rums haven't expressed. This new "Black" has a naval rum boldness and body that reminds me of the pot still naval rums of "Smith & Cross". It takes on the "whiskey" flavor profiles, then spices it up giving you a very unique experience. This is a complex flavor profile that I am have a hard time separating into the components, but I really do like what is happening on my palate, I am surprised for the third time in the past year or so with the introduction of premium spiced rums. You can enjoy this new "Captain" on the rocks, neat or in a cocktail.
I did run a mini Rum Lab with the Captain Morgan Black Spiced Rum, I tried a few cocktail ideas and found it very easy to work with. It mixes well with all the usual suspects like coke, sprite, ginger ale, and ginger beer. It also mixes well with several liqueurs and fruit juices as well. Here is one that I found to be very enjoyable.