Pyrat Rum Review


If you are looking for a rum that is truly unique and not like any other, your search is over.  Pyrat Rums are renowned for their superior quality and distinct taste.  Rum lovers will definitely want to explore these aged rums.

Patron Spirits owns this brand.  Its name is the old English version of the word pirate.  The XO Reserve stout bottle also pays tribute to its history.  These rums are made of a blend of selective pot still rums that have been sourced from all over the Caribbean.  A number of them are 15 years old, while others are created in long-living wood that have been used for housing rum for 300 years.  After the rum has been blended, it is further matured in French Limousin.  Then it is toasted inside American oak barrels.  It may seem like this amount of aging is excessive, especially when you take into account how much the Caribbean climates speeds the aging process up.  However, this is most likely why Pyrat has its extreme taste.

All the Pyrat rums deliver a taste that is ultra-smooth from the start to the end in Cask 1623.  The XO Reserve is an excellent mixing rum.  These two are reviewed below.  Pyrat Pistol is also produced by Pyrat.  This rum is quite similar to its XO.

Another thing to note is that there have been some reports that during the late 2000’s the Pyrat recipes were changed.  Many individuals who enjoyed these rums before the switch have been disappointed with the changes.

Pyrat XO Reserve Rum

This is a very nice mixing rum.  Many people have told me that although they don’t prefer this rum when it’s served neat, when it’s mixed in a drink- even a Rum & Coke- that this rum becomes very enjoyable.  If you’d like to check out Pyrat’s unique taste, this is where you want to start.  A 750ml bottle costs approximately $25.  If you like this rum, your next step would be to try the more refined Pyrat Cask 1623.

Tasting Notes:

This is one of those “cannot be missed” rums.  When you pop its cork, everybody in the room will become aware of the impending pour.  It permeating aroma has notes of cinnamon, vanilla and citrus throughout to the finish.  This rum on the palate is dominating and captivating.  Its finish has a smooth, yet slightly warm bite to it.

Pyrat Cask 1623

Pyrat Rum Cask 1623

The Cask 1623 is comprised of a blend of rums, running from 20 to 40 years in barrel time.  This makes is a well-aged counterpart to Pyrat’s XO Reserve.  The same flavor profile is carried by this rum, although it is distinctly more refined.  It resembles a fine Cognac.  The comparison is reflected in the price.  A Pyrat Cask 1623 bottle costs approximately $289.  Like most spirits in this price range, it is best to serve this rum on the rocks or neat.  In other words, this is a sipping rum that is best enjoyed on its own.

Tasting Notes:

This rum is truly amazing.  It has fruit and sweet honey notes that are quite warm.  Throughout the entire drinking experience, there is a flow of snappy citrus.  This is a very pleasant, full-flavored rum, from its perfumed aroma to its smooth, velvety finish.

If you are wondering about the date appearing on the label, the company states they think that the year rum started being produced in the Caribbean is appropriate, given how diverse the sourcing is for this aged rum.