Straight Out Of Cuba: Meet Black Tears, The First Ever Cuban Spiced

As drinkers embrace a drier profile, a bittersweet delight from Cuba, rum’s spiritual home, launches onto the UK market.

Black Tears dry spiced, the first spiced crafted with Cuban rum, showcases the rich notes of coffee and cacao—plus the tingling passion of aji dulce, a sweet-hot pepper that’s Cuba’s signature spice.

“There are plenty of sweetened rums out there but I think the future for rum is authenticity,” notes H Joseph Ehrmann of Elixir, San Francisco. With just nine grams of sugar per litre, Black Tears is a sophisticated contrast to syrupy, liqueur-style spiced rums, which can contain five times that amount. America’s King Cocktail, Dale DeGroff, has described it as “amazing”, while British rum guru Ian Burrell calls it “beautiful”.

The first launch from Cuban rum connoisseurs The Island Rum Company, Black Tears is inspired by Cuba’s Lagrimas Negras (Black Tears) song, written in 1929 and still an island signature today. Its dry, spicy profile works perfectly in a Tears and Tonic with your favourite tonic and an orange slice, or in the classic rum cocktails.

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