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Pirate’s Grog

October 16th, 2012

If you’ve known All Star Cask long enough you’ll know that it goes without saying we love Rum, but we also love Pirates!

So we were delighted earlier in the year to hear about a new rum called Pirate’s Grog, as soon as we heard about it we had to try and track it down and try some, and we were lucky enough to do just that at this years Rumfest.

So where did Pirate’s Grog come from? Read on and find out…

Pirate’s Grog Rum hails from the small island of Roatan (just off the coast of Honduras), but is actually a blend of 4 Caribbean rums (from Jamaica, Trinidad, Guyana and …..), all of which have been aged for between 3 and 5 years. A touch of Jamaican pot still rum is added in the process to give it some depth. The rum is hand bottled in Roatan and bottled at 37.5% ABV, making is strongly aimed at the mixing rum market although we will review it as a sipper as well.

 

Nose
No single overwhelming note, but quite subtle vanilla and toffee

 

Taste
Quite strong but you can taste the jamaican pot still rum coming through smoothly on the finish. Taste of what we can only describe as toffee apples comes through as well.

 

Presentation
Simple bottle style but we love the rough label with traditional pirate symbols on it, making proud mention of Roatan on the front and giving a history of Grog and Roatan on the back.

 

Mix it up
We tried 50ml of Pirate’s Grog with some Fentiman’s Ginger Ale and a generous amount of fresh Lime and ice which made for a very refreshing drink, and although we weren’t instantly transported to Roatan (we’ve never been so couldn’t conjure up the images) it was never the less a very tasty drink. We also tried it with cola and were surprised as the smoothness of the rum, with it easily competing with the more established brands like Captain Morgan’s Dark and Bacardi 8.

 

Details
Country: Caribbean
ABV: 37.5%
Price: TBC but likely to be ~£20 £16!

 

Where to try:
Bars stocking this rum will be listed soon

 

Where to buy:
Unavailable in the UK at present, contact info@piratesgrogrum.com for distribution opportunities

 

Conclusion
We think this drink shines best as a mixer, and will hopefully be very reasonably priced when it launches in the UK later in the year. This golden rum is the first product launched by Pirate’s Grog and it’s certainly a great start, but we hear there are more products in the pipeline including a white rum, a reserva and even a Rum cake! We will of course keep you posted as soon as we hear more about these products.

 

You can find more details about Pirate’s Grog Rum at www.piratesgrogrum.com or www.facebook.com/piratesgrogrum

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