Bayou Reserve



Louisiana Spirits, LLC / SPI Group

Price approx:




Louisiana, USA


Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB)



rest of the world, french - spanish


single traditional pot rum
raw material

Raw material:

raw unrefined sugar, molasses



copper pot stills



up to 3 years in Bourbon casks

sugar added

Sugar added:


alcohol by volume

Alcohol by volume:




not specified


Bayou is a term used to describe the Mississippi Delta with free-flowing or stagnant waters. The wetlands are inhabited by alligators. In Louisiana is their population living in the wild about one million. The four meters long and weighing three hundred kilograms predator will devour anything that can't eat it first. However, human fatalities are extremely rare (15 deaths in the US over 60 years).

In an unfortunate turn of events don't play dead but fight back. You have no chance to open his jaws, instead use the peace gesture or the most popular karate punch: direct both index and middle fingers straight into reptile eyes. There is no guarantee of success, but the odds are in your favor because only 4% of bites end tragically. For a human, because alligator will gracefully move away. In addition, specialists recommend to give up swimming in the pool currently occupied by a reptilian intruder. Meanwhile, alligator from Bayou logo devours sugar cane and it's kind of scary what it takes to work at plantations. 🐊

Louis XIV used to say, “I am the State”. No wonder the French colony was named Louisiana in his honor. However Napoleon, facing a difficult geopolitical situation and not without regret, decided to resell it to the Americans. Fifteen million dollars for an area that stretches from the Great Lakes to the shores of the Gulf of Mexico and from the Rocky Mountains to Appalachia, makes the transaction the largest real estate acquisition in history. An acre cost three cents. Thus the US doubled its territory.

The state of Louisiana today, although disproportionately truncated, produces almost fifteen thousand tons of sugar cane annually. It was here in 2011 that the Laytel brothers and their colleague Skip Cortese came up with the idea of ​​establishing the Louisiana Spirits distillery. The moment of clarity came while hunting for ducks. Maybe it's just me, but the company's founding idea portrayed like that makes me somehow cry. 🦆

Anyways, five years later the Stoli® Group takes over the US distribution of Bayou, and after another three years buys the US brand completely. The expansion is impressive. Rum with an alligator is now available not in 7 states but in 38 countries, with the sales volume increasing many times. It doesn't stop there, because the largest exporter in the world of Russian vodka (SPI Group) is present on 160 markets and represents 380 brands.


The rum is made with raw unrefined sugar from the fields around Lacassine and Iberia Parish. Molasses come from the oldest and still operating sugar factory in the US (M.A. Patout & Son). Fermentation takes between 28 and 30 hours. Bayou is distilled in a traditional pot still. The rum is then placed for three years in 200 liter ex-bourbon barrels (Buffalo Trace, Jim Beam, Four Roses). Americans use the solera system and the barrels are arranged in a pyramid. Bottled is from the bottom layer and the loss refilled with the contents from the layers above. The subtropical climate of Louisiana picks up 8.5% of rum annually in form of angel's share.

Creamy vanilla with hints of apple and cinnamon.
— as they tell
Sour apple. Vanilla cream. Mint.
— as examined by RumExam
Opens with a dry oak-like character reminiscent of an aged bourbon, followed by pronounced cinnamon and maple.
— as they tell
Walnuts, black pepper, cupers.
— as examined by RumExam
Dry with long-lasting notes of dark fruit and wood.
— as they tell
Bitter grapefruit and black walnut tincture.
— as examined by RumExam
⁖Reviewed on: January 8th, 2021