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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.
Tasty, but not quite great
I've steered clear of this for awhile based on other reviews, and now regret that course of action. Pyrat XO is both ubiquitous and very reasonably priced. As a blend of nine (nine??) different rums and no listing of ageing, I can't help but raise an eyebrow at the "XO" on the label, but what do I know?
This has an interesting, sharp, fruity scent that caught my attention from the get-go. I'll repeat the advice given by others: give this just a few drops of water and a bit of time to sit before sipping. If you do, I think it improves considerably.
Pyrat XO is not a complex rum, and it's clearly been both sweetened and given a citrusy top note. I may be in the minority, but I rather like that top note, and I find this rum very acceptable for simply sipping with a bit of water or ice. Sweeter than my usual preference, yes, but not cloying and quite unique. I wouldn't call this a "liquer" as some what, but the blend has clearly been doctored.
If you're a purist, leave this stuff alone. If you're all right with aromatic pipe tobacco and don't mind an augmented, reasonably smooth blend, I think you'll see why this rum is so easily found.
The looks of this rum is really great and the marketing blabla is equaly promising. The content is not as satisfiying though.. the taste is very harsh, you can smell and taste a lot of alcohol and too much orange aroma. I tried it neat, on the rocks, with lime and left it resting for a while, but I didn't find the right way to consume.
I got a bottle of Pyrat as birthday gift. The bottle is very nice and here is where all nice ends. The smell is artificial and fruity, with strong alcohol kick. Taste is strong alcohol and unpleasant. I can't recommend this rum.
I raised my rating from 3 to 6. The reason is, I left it in glass for three hours to let it breath. It improved significantly, but there are still much better rums out there in this price range.
I have 3 empty bottles covered in medallions. Flavor never changes, taste never changes. Neat or with a cube. No one is ever complains. I have a few whiskey lovers that will gladly pass on a glass of whiskey if I offer them Pyrat.
Leuke fles mooie kleur maar niet mijn type rum. Sinasappel smaak is duidelijk aanwezig redelijk scherp in de afdronk. In mijn ogen een iets te "gemaakte"smaak.
"Had wine not been the drink of choice 2,000 or so years ago, Jesus would have probably turned every drop of water on earth into Pyrat Rum XO Reserve"
"Pyrat XO rum review by Jimmy from The Drunken Pirate"
"it’s like an orange Chuck Norris came through the joint, belted out a roundhouse kick to the face..."
"Pyrat XO rum review by Lance from RumConnection"
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