Review: Pyrat XO Reserve Rum / by Jason Hambrey

2-15 years; American Oak and French Limousin Casks
From molasses
Distiller N/A

Pyrat, a brand produced by Patron, is not a distillery but rather a producer which purchases rums and blends them together in Guyana.

Review (2014)

  • Batch: N/A

  • Bottling Code: N/A

  • Bottling Date: ~2013

Nose: Quite medicinal. ORANGE PEEL. Some nice sweetness and vanilla to the nose with some distinct rum oakiness to it as well. vanilla is also there. certainly one of the most interesting noses on a rum that I've seen. Star anise, clove, and, as it sits, more dark molasses.

Taste: Sweet, remarkably full of orange, with some nice biting spice before ending with more orange and some oak and some anise seed. It seems as if it's an orange rum!  Quite sweet and perhaps a touch too medicinal. As I drink it more of the rum character (as opposed to heavy orange) comes out.

Finish: Lots of oak with a flourish or orange and anise. some dry clove and of course there's that orange. There's some molasses at last that lingers on the finish, along with dry oak and orange. It's a touch bitter. The spices and oak come out more and more, to good effect.

Maybe a bit too sweet and medicinal, but pretty good.

Assessment: Recommended. In large part because of the uniqueness of the huge orange character and the light medicinal character.

Value: Low. There are better rums for this price.