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Pyrat XO Rum is produced from nine different Caribbean rums that are blended and then aged up to 15 years in used American sweet oak barrels.
The squat Pyrat XO rum bottle shape is inspired by the typical design of rum bottles kept by pirates and ship captains in the 19th century.
The Pyrat is kind of an intricate treat to enjoy. I opened the bottle, poured it in the tumbler and smelled it. What the....!? What's this tang? Is this alcohol fuel? Nonetheless I sipped it. Ohhhhh dear! How did the cleanser wind up in this awesome rum bottle!? So I left the tumbler alone, read the reviews and couldn't stop wondering about the extremely dissenting opinions. Some say it's god's gift to man, others say they wouldn't feed this dog's piss to their worst enemy.
I'm careful with 1 pointers as there's always the possibility of stumbling across the liquid spawn of hell, but I dead sure was ready to dish out my first 2 point review. On the other hand the very good reviews intrigued me enough to give it time and to let it breathe.
After 30 minutes: 2 out of 10. Very sharp smell, very one-dimensional taste.
After 1 hour: What's this? Is there actual taste under the layer of kerosene? We are getting somewhere: 5/10.
After 2 hours: BAMM! There it is! Cinnamon, vanilla, sherry and of course the dominant flavour of orange. The smell is godly, as is the taste that follows. Rich, mellow, well balanced. I could taste all the flavours I smelled before. This rum is really excellent, as long as you give it time to breath and evolve from terrible to bearable to impeccable. I sipped it as seen on the picture. Straight up, no ice, handwarm. For the price the Pyrat XO is a steal.
Very very good taste, almost buttery on the tongue, but has a little bit of a bite to it. If it was a little smoother this could be my favorite.
Edit: After drinking this for awhile now it has become my favorite sipping rum. It has just such a good flavor and no after taste.
very smooth with a hint or vanilla and orange I like it better with diet coke
discovered this on Anguilla in 2006 when I also developed a taste for ti punch and real daiquiri... (not those sickly sweetened frozen concoctions that ought to be served from a Mr. Softee!) once back in the states I discovered it could be found at warehouse store for just under $30! wow, this is a fine versatile rum, good enough to sip on the rock but mostly used in honest cocktails. yes, there's some orange flavor but nowhere as cloying as a flavored rum, just a dominant overtone. but that works for me. a damn nice rum for good all around drinking. (no way is this a 6. my 8 is intentionally a bit high just to move the average up a bit closer to the 7.5 I think it should be.)
So many people like this one , so i have buyed it.
But i never had a disgusting like this one.
smell : Alcohol , synthetic Orange ,cleanser
No joke , my wife has a Cleanser - it´s the same smell as the Pyrat XO.
Sorry , I hate it.
Smagen er sprittet med alt alt for meget appelsin. Eftersmagen er kedelig og kun appelsin.
I liked this rum added a drop of water. Taste hony, orange a good sipping rum
This one is really nice and has some orange taste! Is really good on the rocks.
The Gentleman Stumbler blog has a really funny review of this rum. It's so ubiquitous I bought a bottle just to see for myself, and sorta regret it. Probably best with cola, but I don't drink cola, except maybe organic cola from Trader Joe's! But I appreciate the Hoti mystique, and the flash website is really cool.
Love the bottle, the cork, and even the color, makes you feel like a pirate when you open it with your teeth. The problem with this rum is the orange flavor. Almost to much for me giving it a fake-ness that destroys the essence of rum. Trying mixed is no better. Maybe it's me but it tasted as though the orange was added after to try and give it more flavor. The bite is also another issue, not smooth at all, but at least the bottle looks cool...
Orange. It smells orange, taste orange... Very provocative and cocky. I can't say I enjoyed it as it was difficult to empty the glass, but it's kind of interesting still. I wouldn't buy a whole bottle, even for the shock value when having a rum loving friend over, but I'm glad I tasted it. Sadly I don't remember any other flavors then orange since this dominated both nose and palate.
Did I mention orange?
This is my family's rum of choice for rum and cokes on pizza nights. Makes a great dark and stormy. Enough rum taste to shine through most mixes--good taste and smooth enough as a sipper or for a warmer upper during camping trips.
If you tend a bit towards the sweeter side, but reject things like Zaya or Ron Zacapa, Pyrat XO is for you. It's sweet, but only a bit. What's more striking are the strong vanilla and somewhat less intense orange flavors. Both make for an enjoyable sipping rum.
I wonder if they add orange flavoring to this rum. I still like it though and I must say they have the best bottle in the market. It is relatively inexpensive and a good value.
This is a good rum to start with. I love the taste and finish of this rum, over ice and sipped.
Not wanting to use my Zacapa for mixing or experiments, I found the Pyrat XO a cheaper alternative with a lot of the same taste notes and positive connotations. I have kept a bottle at home since I found the rum, and enjoy its effects on my cocktail experiments.
Who needs fresh squeezed orange juice when you have this.
Back in 2005, I was mostly a Cognac guy with the occasional ultra premium Tequila and Scotch added for some variety. I was offered this particular rum by a bartender at Cuba Libre near Downtown Dallas to try. It was certainly better than any rum I had ever tried! But I was use to the typical Bacardi, Captain Morgans of the world. It is for all purposes, a nice starter rum if that is all available at the bar. It is sippable , but has bite. Not very complex. I actually believe it makes a nice mixer if anything.
Very specific combination of so much citrus (in nose and the mouth) and still pretty harsh taste gives personality to this rum and I like that. It is very easy to describe to others yet its not boring to drink.
It is not the Best rum. However not the worst either. It is drinkable, but not more.
This is my go to Rum. It has a great flavor that doesn't kill drink tasting nor does it taste like it was a syrup. I am new to the Rum game (have done mostly whisky until now) and have only tried a few but I like to have my cheaper go to drink and some good high end drinks. This fits the cheaper go to standard for parties and just a good drink for the house.
This is my father favorite rum from my collection. Nice gold color, beautiful aroma, lovely finish..
I like the uniqueness, the impossible-to-miss taste and smell of orange. It is also a good starter to a nice evening with degustation - it's has a standalone taste.
No regrets, 8/10 :)
Pyrat XO rum review by Jimmy from The Drunken Pirate
Pyrat XO rum review by Lance from RumConnection