Low Budget Review Guy Strikes Again

On April 11, 2010, in Uncategorized, by admin

Put this in the Every-Man-has-to-have-a-dream category….In my ongoing quest to try every rum in the world (except Sailor Jerry—sorry—no can do) I have tried a rum that is high on the list of most rum connoisseurs….

Pyrate Rum (Pyrate XO Reserve)….comes in a funky squat bottle like a small brandy decanter. Has a double-cork stopper, and as I sipped it straight over ice at first, I read the info that came with the bottle…from the makers of Patron, a premium tequila. Pyrate is a blend of 9 rums aged up to 15 years in Limousin oak and American sweet oak barrels. Amber color, the bottle says has flavors of vanilla, caramel, honey and cinnamon. My uncultured palate detects caramel, and a little vanilla and fruit (apricot?). It is extremely smooth, leaves a taste on the tongue, but not bitter. This rum you can taste the rum flavor, not just taste the alcohol. It warms the throat and belly like an Irish Whiskey or almost like a brandy. Mixes well with diet coke, tomorrow I shall try with fruit juice or regular coke. Has a medallion attached to the bottle with a Hoti (pronounced Ho-Tie) engraved on it. The Hoti is the Zen patron saint of fortunetellers and (by coincidence) bartenders. I am very impressed with this rum. It is now #1 on my list. The main drawback is price, it aint cheap. As most of you know, I am careful with my money. (Jay calls me a “cheap bastard”, which I gleefully acknowledge) Normally my upper limit is no more than $35 a bottle and huge majority are in the low to mid $20s. This was more than that, but I can unequivocally state that I can taste the quality. The old saying, “You get what you pay for” is usually not true; often you pay premium prices and don’t get premium experience. This one, abso-dam-lutely getting the premium experience. Worth every penny……

…..The Quest continues…..

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