My sister and her boyfriend went to New York last week for both their birthdays, I believe. They were kind enough to ask me what they could bring and after some asking around I settled on Brenne whisky, and Kings County Bourbon and ‘Moonshine’ corn whiskey. I could have gone for other things but my focus was on what is not available on this side of the Atlantic. Those will be reviewed at a future date.
For himself, he brought a Pyrat Rum XO, which he apparently had had before and, more surprising/astonishing/worrying (take your pick) he finished the bottle in a week, minus one dram for me. Admittedly, he had some friends over on Friday to help him but I still am quite surprised at the speed with which he finished it. Then again, he doesn’t come off as someone who behaves irresponsibly, so I am not worried in the slightest.
Anyway, yesterday we went to their place for dinner and a bit of wine. Unfortunately, I was the designated driver so no after dinner dramming. He did give me the scrap of this bottle. Which I appreciate. I don’t know a thing about this rum, and since their website is atrocious with only flash animations, no real navigation and (the worst sin of all) sound, I stopped researching after about 15 seconds.
Just the review remains:
Sharp, slightly flowery and a hint of mint and basil even. A touch of coffee after that with sweet syrup and a sugary scent. It gets more heavy quickly, with a rather cloying sweetness to it. I think I get some orange too, but not too many other fruits. Surprisingly floral.
The palate is very sugary at first, but does get a rum and orange like tang quickly. Some orange pith, and after some swimming it dries a little bit.
The finish is ridiculously orangy, to an almost candy level, like the filling of those chocolate covered candy orange wedges. Without the chocolate. The light spiciness is here too, but again a tad cloying.
While this is a nice enough rum, it’s not my favorite. I can imagine this being a great drinking rum, but it’s not one for much in depth exploration. The bottle is pretty awesome though! It’s one of those ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ style ship-bottles. You know, the ones that don’t fall over on a rough sea. That counts for something.
Weird info: The label says it’s bottled in Guyana, but doesn’t give any other info. Except that the contents have been matured up to 15 years. So that could also be a week or two. Weird.
Pyrat Rum, XO Reserve, 40%. Apparently this only costs some $ 30 in the USA but is € 40 here.