Pyrat XO Reserve

Pyrat XO Bottle

Bottled in:  Guyana
Aged:  Blend of rums aged up to 15 Years
Price: $24
Alcohol: 40% ABV 
Sugar: 21-25 g/L (
Context: Premium Aged Rum
RG Rating: 7.5

Tasting Notes
Very Smooth.  The orange color on the label and ribbon of Pyrat XO’s bottle mimic the color, aromas, and flavor of the rum inside.  Very sweet aromas - almost like Triple Sec - of, orange, tangerine and meyer lemon, are the most obvious, followed by more retrained waxy vanilla and brown sugar, and perhaps a hint of cinnamon spicing it up.

The initial taste is like a mixed drink of sweet orange soda and rum, without the bubbles of course, then citrus, followed by very mild cinnamon, caramel, and vanilla.  The body is somewhat heavy due in part to the sweetness, I suspect, but sequé’s smoothly to the supple sweet finish that leaves you smacking your lips with an orange flavor that lasts to the end.

In April 2006 during a visit to Anguilla, I toured the facility where Pyrat XO Reserve rum was blended and bottled.  While there, I was graciously treated to samples of the entire Pyrat family of rums including Pistol, XO Reserve, Savage Orange Rum Liquor, and the luxurious Pyrat Cask 23. The operation was small and small and efficient, but the hospitality shown by the server in Pyrat’s tasting room was warm, approachable and instantly likable, as is their rum.  The Anguilla facility is now closed.  Pyrat is currently bottled in Guyana at Demarara Distillers Ltd, who sometimes distills some of the rum that goes into Pyrat's mysterious blend.

Aged in used American and French Limousin oak barrels

Easy to drink and easier to share, Pyrat XO is a good entry point into the world of sipping rums.  It is also a good choice to serve eraly on during arum tasting party, because the aromas and flavors, while not very complex, are easily identified by newcomers to sipping distilled spirits.  It’s always a good idea to serve rums that your guests can enjoy, and feel intelligent about what they are tasting, and Pyrat XO enables them to do so.  

As far as the singularly dominant orange flavor is concerned, I still wonder six years after taking my first sip of Pyrat XO, where is comes from.  Pyrat would have you believe it comes from aging in used orange liqueur barrels, which seems plausible, and possibly points to parent company Patron’s Citronage, but I can’t substantiate that speculation.  In any event, Pyrat XO is nice enough to sip on its own, though I tire of it soon, and it can be used in moderation to add an orange flavor to cocktails.

Reviewed: November 2005 at the Rum Gallery, USA

© Dave Russell 2017