Rum Journal: Pyrat Rum XO Reserve
For a long time, Pyrat Rum was bottled in Anguilla.
Of course, Anguilla isn’t a sugar cane hub — but in recent years, everything has shifted to sugar-rich Guyana.
That country, geographically South American but culturally and politically Caribbean, produces some of the world’s best sugar cane and some of the world’s best rum — led, of course, by El Dorado.
The newly-Guyanese Pyrat is a blend of rums, with the oldest reportedly 15 years, aged in a combination of American sweet oak and French Limouisin barrels.
The rum has a slightly orange-amber colour, with an aroma of orange peel, dried fruits and molasses.
The flavour profile is dominated by orange peel, spice, pepper and a slight hint of candied fruits.
The finish is very, very smooth.
The verdict? We rather like the citrus undertones, which give Pyrat a unique taste in the rum sector.
Pyrat XO reserve is an excellent, interesting rum — and its change of scenery seems to be working out just fine.