3 to 5 years in ex bourbon barrels
Alcohol by volume:
The official website sheds light on the brand's origins. Garreth and Beth are on the journey, unearthing local flavours. It's during their time on the island of Roatán, deep within the jungle, that they cross paths with Dutch distiller Robert J. van der Weg. Recognizing his remarkable talent, they are determined to share it with the world. Thus, in 2014, Pirate's Grog Limited was established: the heritage of Honduras with headquarters in London.
Well then, right before us a bottle: Pirate's - Grog - 5YO.
Piracy holds a compelling allure yet frequently exploited subject in mass culture. Notably, Roatán Island provided a relatively secure haven for both buccaneers and privateers, not so much for other sailors and traders in the region. Pirates developed a fondness for rum, but their drink - as it was originally made - wouldn't suit our modern palates.
Grog: Under the supervision of the officer of the watch, half a pint of rum was blended with a quart of water and then dispensed to sailors... of Her Majesty's fleet stationed in tropical waters. It's conceivable that pirates eagerly guzzled grog immediately after looting it. However, it's inconceivable that they would dilute rum with water.
5YO: Avast, arrr! A genuine pirate's ploy, indeed. The label boldly indicates the numeral five, meanwhile the rum was maturing for a period of up to five years.
The official website proudly proclaims that this rum is 'entirely pure and natural.' No additives, no sugar, no dyes. Distilled in column stills at an undisclosed location, then transported to Roatán and aged for a span of three to five years in charred bourbon casks.
The lack of transparency regarding the production process raises suspicion and makes accurate qualification difficult. The owner positions the product as an 'entry level sipping rum, but also a high end mixing rum'.