July 18, 2005

Captain Morgan Tattoo

Yes - another alcohol review. I have to keep the people informed, and lord knows that recent politics has been enough to drive me to drink. To quote Richard Dreyfuss in Let It Ride: “Rum!”

Tattoo is a relatively new rum product from Captain Morgan parent company Diageo. Coincidentally, it’s the same company that makes Smirnoff. Heck, the list of popular alcohol brands they own is long. Look it up. If you’ve drunk any alcohol in this country, I bet you’ve had one of their brands.

At any rate, this rum is new enough that it’s not on their website. It’s billed as a dark rum with spices. And that’s exactly what it is.

I’ll get straight to the flavor. I only had about half a shot of the stuff this weekend, but it left a strong impression. It had a medium vanilla flavor with strong cherry an orange syrup impressions. In fact, it was slightly medicinal. However, it reminded me of Cherry Coke (a little bit) and immediately I wondered what it would be like in some Coke Zero. I didn’t have any with me at the time, so I didn’t get to find out.

To tell you the truth, while I like spiced rum I usually figure that a good dark rum (like Black Seal) is as good as it gets. No need to add any spices.

On the other hand, this spiced rum has strong enough flavors that it might be worth a try mixing it. Maybe those extra flavors would improve Coke. Oddly, I also get the feeling that mixing it into ginger ale would not be a bad idea. Or, better still, some Reed’s Ginger Beer.

If you’re looking for a strong rum flavor, you need to look elsewhere. If you’re looking for a strong flavored rum, this might be what you’re looking for.

De plane! De plane!

Posted by James at July 18, 2005 1:40 AM
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How does it compare to regular Capt. Morgan's?

Posted by: Julie at July 18, 2005 8:35 AM

Much darker. Much spicier, but fruity. And more medicinal rather than rummy.

Less like rum, more like spice.

Posted by: James at July 18, 2005 8:40 AM

Thank you, James, for setting the record straight about "spiced rums." I am often surprised by the public's need to flavor coffee and vodka. I have just recently started self-important blatherings on my own blog (see above), having been inspired by anyone who can post a picture of the "Speed Hump" sign behind Filene's.
For a tasty spiced rum treat, try "The ThirdMate." Three fingers of your favorite rum over ice and lime. Fill the rest of the glass with a good quality cream soda. Always remember: One hand for the boat.

Posted by: Thirdmate at July 18, 2005 8:49 AM

Thirdmate, that sounds yummy!

Posted by: Patti M. at July 18, 2005 10:27 AM

I'm pretty much interested in any drinks that contain either rum or lime.

A drink with both? Sign me up. I usually have no use for cream soda, but this sounds like a trip.

Of course, I will have to report back here about it immediately afterward. Or, as soon afterward that I can type again.

(Please, friends, hold your tongues regarding my usual crappy level of typing skill)

Posted by: James at July 18, 2005 1:36 PM

Aye, Patti M., it is.
It's just that, uh, umm, y'see, James... It has the same caloric value as Barbados.
The island.
Depending on which glass you use.
Remember: One Hand for the Boat.

Posted by: ThirdMate at July 18, 2005 6:18 PM

LOL! While we're on the subject of rum drinks, part of the reason I only drank one of my Seagram's is that there were other beverages to be had. I had some froofy Pinot Grigio with fruit in it. Then I decided I wanted some of the singing rum. Someone asked for a purple drink, so I mixed Curacao with Rum and Cranberry Juice. It was one of those evil, potent, this-doesn't-taste-like-it-has-any-alcohol-in-it drinks. Instant buzz. My first buzz in several years. Five at least. Maybe more.

Posted by: briwei at July 18, 2005 9:19 PM

what liquor store can i purchase a bottle of this at

Posted by: joe at July 27, 2005 1:57 PM

I bet Cardoza's has it. Try calling around.

Posted by: James at July 27, 2005 2:02 PM

Yes, Cardoza's does have it. That is where I purchased it.

Posted by: Sara at July 27, 2005 2:22 PM

i just wanted to say, i just picked up a bottle of tattoo and i love it. anyone who loves their rum (like me!) deserves to try this out.

Posted by: matt h at August 5, 2005 5:36 PM

Tattoo is what Diageo is unveiling to go after the Jager market.

Posted by: at August 6, 2005 6:33 PM

Ew, well, if it's for the Jager market then I *know* I'm not interested. Thanks for the warning!

Posted by: Julie at August 6, 2005 7:49 PM

Yes...Tattoo is going after High Energy category (Jager) but it is nothing like jager. Try it with Red Bull called a "Tattoo Bomber or a shot of T & A...tattoo and Ameretto or the Prison Tattoo"..Tattoo by Captain Morgan
Blue Curacao
splash of cranberry
splash of 7-up



Posted by: Larry at August 13, 2005 9:52 PM

I came across Tattoo last week and really like it, but can't figure out exactly what it would mix well with. While I don't mind drinking it straight, my wife needs to mix it with something. I've tried flavored fizzy water, tasted too sweet for me, diet coke, even tonic water... but can't seem to nail it down. If anyone has come up with what it is, I'd appreciate hearing about it. The weird part about this is that if you go to www.rum.com (Captain Morgan's website), they don't even have it on their as a rum they produce...but hey, CHEERS!!

Posted by: jon at August 20, 2005 12:21 AM

Jake claimed that it goes well with club soda. I just bought a bottle and haven't tried that yet.

Yes - to my tastes it has to be mixed. Too mediciny.

Posted by: James at August 20, 2005 9:11 AM

Ginger ale sounds like a good candidate. Or possibly Cheerwine (a very cherryish cola), if you live in the South. Hmm... maybe ginger ale and grenadine.

Posted by: Julie at August 20, 2005 12:10 PM

I just discovered Tattoo last weekend. Killed a bottle with some friends! Very good. I was mixing it with Sprint Zero and nothing else!


Posted by: Rum Runner at September 7, 2005 1:08 AM


I need to find a recipe for that. I love rum runners!

Posted by: Julie at September 7, 2005 8:53 AM

Julie, is this what you're looking for?


This tropical cocktail hails from the Holiday Isle Beach Resort & Marina, Islamorada, Florida.

1/2 ounce Bacardi Black Rum
1/4 ounce Bacardi 151 rum
3/4 ounce creme de bananae
3/4 ounce blackberry brandy
1/2 ounce grenadine
3/4 ounce lime juice

Mix in a blender with ice. Serve in a 12 ounce glass.

Posted by: Patti M. at September 7, 2005 10:34 AM

Thanks, that's it! (I looked online and found additional recipes, but they don't sound like what I remember.) But, yikes! That's a lot of stuff that I wouldn't want to stock. Maybe I'll just order the drink in a bar. :)

Hurricanes are good, but considering they're a New Orleans drink, I'm not sure it'd be respectful to drink one. :(

Posted by: Julie at September 7, 2005 10:46 AM

I actually have Hurricane mix at home, from New Orleans. My Mom brought it back when they visited. I've actually never had one.

You can still toast the memory of a city that has brought us so many great thing in music, food and culture.

Posted by: James at September 7, 2005 11:18 AM

Is it a powdered mix in a pouch with some guy's name on it? If so, that is THE hurricane mix... I used to make it all the time... often without even adding alcohol. It was good all by itself.

Posted by: Julie at September 7, 2005 11:34 AM

That's the one. I'll see if I can't dig it up. It's somewhere in the pantry.

Posted by: James at September 7, 2005 11:52 AM

I liked drinking Hurricanes but I found the experience of drinking them at Pat O'Briens more memorable than the actual drink.

Posted by: Mike at September 7, 2005 2:33 PM

Boy am I faded! This rum is the shiznit, well actually it is the shits. I have to hold my breath to get it down, but what the hell, whose to stop me from getting my daily buzz on! Don't tell the husband, he thinks I am sober. After all that AA crap, I have to keep it on the down low.

Posted by: Juanna Hill at September 17, 2005 12:40 AM

I'm on my 3rd Tattoo and Coke and at this point I feel like vomiting all over the computer. Are you kidding me with this shix? It's nasty. I can't tell you exactly what it tastes like but it reminds me vaguely of grape cough syrup from when I was little. I'm just finishing the shix off to get drunk. I'll never buy it again. I advise you do the same. Salud!

Posted by: Lucia Karma at September 17, 2005 12:50 AM

What the hell are you talking about? There's no lime in this. It's a spiced rum that tastes more like spiced poop. The Captain must have been drunk when making this whack stuff.

Posted by: Chris Humdum at September 17, 2005 1:31 AM

Considering the last three posts are from the same computer in the area of Los Angeles (the lookup tool said "Tujunga") I'm guessing it's 3 high school students who got into their parent's liquor cabinet.

Am I close? Let me know.

Posted by: James at September 17, 2005 11:25 AM

Are high school students dumb enough to down a drink they don't like, then proceed to drink two more?

(Thinking back for a moment to an evening of Wild Irish Rose and crank calls)

Yep, they are.

Posted by: Julie at September 17, 2005 1:05 PM

You're right. My mommy gave me the butt-whooping of a lifetime when she found out I took the bottle of Tattoo. I can't wait til I'm 21 so I can buy some booze for myself--and let me tell you, it won't be Tattoo. I think I'll step it up to Southern Comfort. Peace!

Posted by: Chris Humdum at September 20, 2005 8:14 PM

That's crazy that you guys figured us out! When Chris's mom called my dad, he was like "Juana, I didn't know you drank. If I would have known you drank, I would have told you not to drink that Tattoo Sh@$." He said he might let us take a peak into his top shelf and help us mix some good drinks next time.

Posted by: juana hill at September 21, 2005 11:43 AM

Wow. You are so clever to keep posting as different people.

Thanks for tasting spiced poop for us so we have a frame of reference. So many people talk about how things taste like sh*t without ever having the real thing. Your comments about spiced sh*t so that you are a connoiseur.

Of course, anyone dumb enough to eat sh*t is probably not qualified to give an intellient opinion. So, on second thought, thanks for nothing.

Posted by: briwei at September 21, 2005 12:46 PM

As a dear old friend used to say, in his most dramatic voice, I have no time for people like this.

Posted by: Patti M. at September 21, 2005 1:14 PM

I bought a bottle of it Saturday and liked it. Although I was mixing it with Pepsi and I don't really think that is the answer. I got some good sugestions from you guys so I'm going to get a little more creative with my mixers. Cheers

Posted by: PhillipM at September 26, 2005 4:43 PM

Good luck with it. Try it in cream soda. With lime. Slightly modified "Thirdmate."

Posted by: James at September 26, 2005 5:01 PM

actually 2 nights ago i polished off about 3/4 of a bottle of Tattoo, and shit... it was nice. swigs only! i think it has more of a grape flavor and to tell you the truth, i've only mixed it with one thing, and it was pomegranate juice because it was the only thing my friend had in his fridge. i've never had it with anything else, but with pom juice, wow, it was amazing. but as much alcohol that it has in it, i still probably like it better straight because it doesn't have as nasty of a bite that most hard liquor does. i'm not trying to sound like a badass but i really think straight is the only way. if you mix, mix flavorful things into the alcohol, not flavorful alcohol into things.

Posted by: mrtasteyboy at September 26, 2005 8:24 PM

If you complain about the nasty taste of hard liquor, nobody's going to accuse you of badassery.

Posted by: Julie at September 27, 2005 9:36 AM

Discovered this last night at a local bar..will go back to that bar often!! Mix with cranberry juice over ice. Better than Meyer's, which had been my standard dark rum.

Posted by: BoatChick at October 1, 2005 10:37 AM

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