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Kraken Caribbean Rum

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Kraken Caribbean Rum

Posted on 30 January 2012 by Chris Ford

This weekend I had a few friends over, we sat back to watch a film and smoke a nice Cuban cigar, I wondered what in my drinks cabinet should I offer my guests?  usually we drink a Cuban rum to go with the cigar but I happened to have a brand new bottle of Kraken Rum the gorgeous looking jet black liquid just screamed drink me!

My friends had not heard of Kraken before but I can tell you when I poured the black liquid over ice into their glasses I could tell they were already impressed, this was no ordinary Rum this was something special.

Swirling the rum around a glass creates distinctive tentacle-like drips as the rich liquid seeps back to the depths.  The thick, caramel-like, taste lingers long after the last sip, it tastes devine, a cut above usual go to rum, my friends are sold I of course was already a covert.

The Kraken has an ABV of 40% and an RRP of £22.99 for a 70cl bottle.  It is available nationally in good off-licences, supermarkets and stores such as Sainsbury’s, Harvey Nichols, Majestic, Selfridges and, in Scotland, Peckham’s delicatessens.   It is also available on-line via


Alternatively, you’ll find bottles in some of the UK’s finest bars, hotels and restaurants – as well as some far less reputable harbour-side taverns.


Sailors and Captains beware…the Kraken wakes…


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The Heart and Soul of Cuba

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The Heart and Soul of Cuba

Posted on 02 January 2012 by Chris Ford

The Heart and Soul of Cuba is a film by a man well known in the cigar world for his love of cigars especially Cuban cigars having previously written for Cigar Aficionado as their Cuban Cigar correspondent James Suckling has now branched out on his own and one of his first projects is this film on the Cuban cigar industry.

This is a beautifully shot film, focusing mainly on the stages of making the cigar from the fields where the tobacco is grown to the factories where they are love-lingly made, every step is shown in fantastic detail from start to finish.


This dvd would make a fantastic gift for any cigar lover, it really makes you appreciate what a special thing the hand made cigar is and work involved in making the finished article.

While the film is perfect on its own , if I could add anything I would have loved to see a few more interviews with the major players in the industry not just in Cuba but some of the vendors and experts from around the world have some amazing stories to tell and would have made a more rounded product in my eyes but to be fair the dvd gives you a great overview of how the Cuban cigar is made.

you can download or buy the dvd from

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