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Bayou Mardi Gras XO rum

Bayou Mardi Gras XO

United States | Aged | 40% ABV

Bayou XO Mardi Gras rum, a version of their base Bayou rum that’s aged in used bourbon barrels for up to six years (with the traditional solera method) and bottled at 80 proof.

via American Rum Report
7.3/10
25 ratings
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Stefan Persson (PREMIUM) 🇸🇪 | 503 ratings
Posted 5 months ago

This Louisiana rum from Bayou is a molasses rum. The sugarcane has grown in the soils around the Mississippi River Delta. After fermentation it’s distilled in a copper pot still whereafter it’s aged in ex-bourbon barrels and finished in ex-sherry barrels for a total aging of up to 6 years using the Solera method.
The nose is fruity and woody with hints of tobacco.
At the palate it’s complex with hints of tobacco, prune, honey and oak
The finish is dry and medium long with notes of honey, black pepper and Sherry.
Overall an OK rum, but quite overpriced.
Picture: The bottle and our poured glasses at the Stockholm Beer & Spirits Fair 2023.

Andrewofcalgary (BASIC) 🇨🇦 | 270 ratings
Posted 6 months ago

I like Bayou rum and this rum is good too. Smooth and definitely get the wood kick from the bourbon barrels. Apropos for a rum from Louisiana. The problem becomes that its too pricey for a everyday rum and it lacks enough character to be pricey. I understand that you have to pay a bit extra for US quality of life, but knock $20 off this bottle and its an eight.

plukybrewster (BASIC) 🇦🇺 | 22 ratings
Posted over 2 years ago

Colour is beautiful, I knew I’d love it before I even opened it, but was surprised at how smooth it is neat. Yum!

Gfjohnson 🇺🇸 | 6 ratings
Posted almost 3 years ago

Being from Louisiana, this rum really captured a familiar local flavor. I enjoy this rum and may be biased due to being reminded of Steen’s sugar cane syrup. I can’t help but smell and taste that connection and I love it. This rum has a beautiful color and is very smooth.

Dave (BASIC) 🇺🇸 | 2 ratings
Posted 4 years ago

My wife bought it for me for x-mas. She got in on sale for $70. It is one of the best rums I have tasted. Not too sugary and very sippable. First Bayou Rum I have tasted. Looking forward to finishing it and trying a different one. Put it up there with the Kirk and Sweeney 23, which is my favorite.

TheGolfBallGuy (BASIC) 🇺🇸 | 10 ratings
Posted over 4 years ago

The single barrel reserve is much much better for sipping.

Jonathan Quintal 🇨🇦 | 44 ratings
Posted over 4 years ago

Better than expected ( based on the bayou select) nice dark color, subtile cherry wood, easy finish

Juanlaginia (BASIC) 🇺🇸 | 100 ratings
Posted 10 days ago

I was pleasantly surprised when I tried this rum, great bouquet and bold flavor, probably the best rum made in the USA. I bit pricey though.

Alan Raymond (PREMIUM) 🇺🇸 | 4 ratings
Posted 1 month ago

This rum makes a great presentation. It is somewhat similar on the palate to Richland, in that it tastes more like a bourbon. Woody and not too sweet. Beautiful amber hue in an equally beautiful bottle. It's a great sipper, and I wouldn't share it with just anyone.

Kevin 🇺🇸 | 78 ratings
Posted 2 months ago

I've noticed others posting it was a decent rum but it wasn't worth the money so I stayed away. Everytime I go to TW I check this out. It's been for sale at $68. Well, my last trip the bottle was going for $44. WHAT??? OK, now I'm going for it. I find it similar to Papa Pilars sherry finish rum at the same price so seeing I like Papa Pilars and both are the same price and both use Louisiana cane I just couldn't leave without it. If you can find this rum at this price it will not disappoint! Now, if the price goes back up I will certainly back off! One more note, this is so so close to Papa Pilar that I'm wondering if they are both the same rum from the same distillery? I've been to Papa's in Key West and they do not distill and when I asked where all they told me was Louisiana. Interesting! My next trip to TW I will be buying both and doing a side by side taste testing so stand by!




Brand Details

Company: Bayou
Type: Aged
Name: Mardi Gras XO
ABV: 40%
Raw Material: Unknown
Process: Unknown
Distillation: Unknown