Pyrat Rum XO Reserve Review

Pyrat Rum

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. Each bottle of this aromatic and easy drinking rum is hand filled and labeled with a hand written serial number at the factory on the island of Anguilla. Pyrat Rum XO is actually a blend of 9 different rums that are then aged to marry the flavors. The squat, corked bottle is reminiscent of the type of bottle used by the rum runners and pirates who roamed the Caribbean in the 1800’s.

I used to drink this stuff by the gallon during my year-long walkabout in the Caribbean. You could get it anywhere, and like most rum in the Caribbean, it was cheap. This was not the case when I returned home to sunny Florida some 8 years ago. No one had even heard of my beloved Pyrat Rum. Finally, about a year or so ago, the Patron company decided I had been punished enough and began stocking the shelves of my local ABC Liquor store with Pyrat Rum.

Pyrat Rum Taste Test

To see if this rum was all that I remember, I bought a bottle and called Nathan and his girlfriend Rachel to come help Laura and I kill the bottle. I thought the taste was perfection. This is one of the few rums I could drink on the rocks. Nathan was of the same opinion and said it was surprisingly, “not bad.” However, our women gave the chilled shots a less than spectacular review. Laura claimed straight Pyrat was only good for clearing her sinuses while Rachel said it had the aftertaste of a pine tree.

Now that I think about it….how does Rachel know what a pine tree tastes like?

Although we had our differences when it came to straight up Pyrat, we all agreed that it definitely had mixing potential. We decided to go with one of the most popular drinks in any Florida night club or bar, the Cuba Libre (a.k.a. rum and Coke). Mixed with Coke this rum has a clean and almost vanilla flavor and everyone agreed that it didn’t have the usual aftertaste you get with normal rum.

The final test for this rum would come the next morning. Just how bad would the hangover be? After drinking the entire bottle in one night Nathan and I reported the same results. No headache. No sick stomach. No hangover. Perfection.

A 750ml bottle of this stuff will set you back about $35 at any store, but I’ve found it a few places online for about $26. Whether you pay $26 or $35, trust me when I tell you this rum is worth every penny.The Patron company has a whole list of drink recipes for Pyrat Rum on their website that I’m sure will keep you busy for a night or two.

Here’s one of my favorites:

Pyrat Punch


    2 oz Pyrat XO Reserve
    2 oz Soda water
    Juice of 1/2 Lime
    Dash bitters
    Splash of Pineapple Juice (optional)
    Splash of Grapefruit Juice (optional)
    1/4 tsp nutmeg
    Fresh Cherries


Combine rum, limejuice, and bitters in a shaker of ice. Shake gently.
Pour into margarita glass. Garnish with nutmeg and fresh cherries.
Optional juices are pineapple and grapefruit.


  1. Jon C Whiteman says

    I have been many weeks, if not months in Anguilla during eighteen trips in the late 1990’s. I discovered Pyrat rum and have had them all, been to the plant, etc. However, since it was purchased by Patron, they obviously changed the recipe such that it now has a distinctive orange flavor. However, I have become accustomed to that and still like the rum such that I finish every dinner with a glass of it: no ice, no coke or other ridiculous additives. I want to taste the rum and I like it. I realize it is not the best rum in the world, but for the price it is a bargain. Anyone who can drink most of the other rums, especially the white ones, available in the U.S. clearly doesn’t know what rum tastes like. Nevertheless this is not one of the finest which are much more expensive, more honest in their making, and in my opinion, better than any cognac for those French snobs among us, thus I have to admit being a lover of French food and wines (once you get out of Paris) where I have visited many times.

  2. Solarus says

    I’m sorry if I rain on your parade, but stuff that stinks of acetone is definitely not worth all the hype. Unless I eended up with a dud, this stuff is the worst $30 I’ve ever spent!

  3. MaryEllen Magiske says

    I am in Marathon Florda and would like to purchase Pyrat Rum. Can you give me a listing from package stores that may carry it. I tried B.J.’s in Homestead but could not find it. Thanks.

  4. Adrian says

    I agree with Solaris. What I first smelled was what reminded me of acetone or more specifically a wood stain

  5. Peter says

    Pyrat rum is my rum of choice. Lovingly named my yacht Red Rum and stored away in a nice round mahogany case is always a bottle of Pyrat. yum yum love my rum.


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