Is a more expensive, top shelf rum worth the extra money and could we actually tell the difference in a basic Rum and Coke?

Diplomatic relationship restored between US and Cuba, Matusalem Gran Reserva Solera 15, rich in Cuban history, was a rum worth exploring.

When the crew from Jolly Mon, friends from the same marina, visited we bought a fresh bottle of Captain Morgan Private Stock to share.

Bobby “Mo” Momorella of M/V Certifiable wrote asking us to compare his favorite Kraken Black Spiced Rum to Captain Morgan Black Spiced Rum. Challenge accepted.

He guided me toward La Caña Grande Gold Rum. “My family uses this as our everyday rum.” At a price point of $10, what the heck.