Pirate's Grog 5yr

raw material

Raw material:

molasses

distillation

Distillation:

column stills

aging

Aging:

3 to 5 years in ex bourbon barrels

sugar added

Sugar added:

no

alcohol by volume

Alcohol by volume:

37.5%

additives

Additives:

no

Pretext

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 Pirates developed a fondness for rum, but their drink - as it was originally made - wouldn't suit our modern palates.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.

Procedure

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'.

Aroma
Bouquet was not officially specifed.
Cork. Nutmeg, green banana peel. Licorice.
— as examined by RumExam
Taste
Vanilla, butterscotch and raisin.
— as they tell
Fresh cut oak timber, burnt sugar.
— as examined by RumExam
Afterburn
Bouquet was not officially specifed.
Minty. Salted caramel. Hazelnut.
— as examined by RumExam

Owner

Manufacturer:

Pirate's Grog Rum Ltd

Price approx:

25

Origins

Terroir:

Honduras / UK

Regulations:

not specified

Classification

Style:

spanish

Gargano:

blended modernist rum
⁖Reviewed on: October 2nd, 2020