Pyrat XO Reserve



The Patrón Spirits Company / Bacardi

Price approx:




Guyana, blend


not specified





blended modernist rum
raw material

Raw material:




column still & pot still



2-15 years in American oak and French Limousin casks

sugar added

Sugar added:

24 g/L

alcohol by volume

Alcohol by volume:




natural flavors


Pyrat XO Reserve ranks sixth in sum of votes on RumRatings. This popularity is due to the dynamic distribution channels (Bacardi) and wide availability. The opinions of reviewers are divided: some love, others hate. Whatever the approach, the forum users agree unanimously on the attractive presentation of the product.

How is the design? A chunky bottle made of thick glass dotted with tiny air bubbles, a cork tied with a band, an orange ribbon, an information tag and a metal emblem. It's like essence of instance culture; telling you how to pronounce the brand name correctly;  pointing at Laughing Buddha bring patron of bartenders; finally suggesting the aroma and taste. The previous label had the word 'rum' spelled out directly under the logo. Although mine has apparently been rebranded; category had been replaced with premium Caribbean spirit and the line below probably as a clarification an artisanal blend of rum and natural flavors.

As I mentioned in the introduction, Pyrat XO is perceived differently; for at least two reasons. First - change of ownership. In the mid-90s, Anguilla Rums Company created Planters Gold Pyrat XO, a blend of Caribbean rums; a blend that has gained cult status. Soon after, the company entered into a joint venture with the The Patrón Spirits Company and the brand was renamed Pyrat XO Reserve. In 2008, Bacardi took over Patrón, and two years later, production was moved to Guyana. A constantly recurring topic on forums is the changing / lowering product's quality over the years.

The second reason has to do with the fundamental problem of rum as a category - inclusion and exclusion, demand and supply. Pyrat XO fans do not seem to notice or understand why their opponents raise objections; there's no accounting for taste, after all. Moreover, the figures speak for themselves. An argument for both parties. Thus, each bottle has a handwritten number. Mine has high number and I am concerned about signer's tired hand. I wonder if this person holds an independent position and if there occurs any errors. After all, such a mistake causes quite a confusion since duplicates may arise in effect. Then the supervisor comes, lifts the bottle, turns it over in his hand and carefully examines the number digit by digit. He frowns and reassures himself that trust is good, but control is better.


However, it is difficult for consumers to control anything. Well, except for the sugar content;  here 24 g/l. Bacardi brags about prominent manufacturing centers, but among them you won't find contractual third-party Demerara Distillers Limited. Bacardi lists portfolio brands on its website. Even if Pyrat Rum flashed among them, there is no link to the official website of the brand. So the website remains inactive and the labels lose the word rum, ekhm.

Pyrat XO is a blend dominated by a two-year Demarera blend. The remaining components come from various Caribbean distilleries and can be up to fifteen years old. Although it would be wiser to anchor this lower age limit. Column still and pot still distillation. American oak ex-bourbon barrels, and apparently also French oak barrels. The natural flavors mentioned on the label may come from the laboratory, but the orangeade is rather not found in nature. Thus, flavored is missing on the label.

Buttery, creamy. Orangeade. Oak.
— as examined by RumExam
Oak wood, vanilla, orange, and light cane sugar.
— as they tell
Orangeade, pepper. Extra flat.
— as examined by RumExam
Slight spice.
— as they tell
Orange zest, clove. Orangeade.
— as examined by RumExam
⁖Reviewed on: October 30th, 2020