Review: Captain Morgan Private Select

Paid: $20 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Captain Morgan / Diageo

Region: U.S. Virgin Islands

40% ABV

Distillate: Molasses

Aged For: NAS

Cask Type: Ex-bourbon

Chill Filtered: Yes

Additives used: Yup, it’s Spiced Rum

Color: Auburn

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Cola, vanilla, chocolate, ultra-artificial candy sweetness, sugar, diabetes

Mouthfeel: Syrupy

Palate/Taste: Flat cola, vanilla, molasses, caramel, chocolate, more sugar, lack of insulin

Finish: Short, little warmth, more of the same sugary sweet vanilla and cola notes

Thoughts: Its like drinking a rum and coke already without the carbonation, overly sweet stuff designed for people who don’t really enjoy the taste of spirits.

Score: 50 out of 100

Pyrat XO

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Paid: $8 for 375ml

Distilled/Owned by: Blend of rums / Patrón Spirits

Region: Caribbean

40% ABV

Distillate: Molasses

Aged For: NAS

Chill Filtered: Yes

Additives used: Yes


Color: E150A

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Oranges, baking spice, cinnamon, oak, vanilla, and sugar

Mouthfeel: Syrupy and light

Palate/Taste: Orange soda, creamsicle, lemon, jolly ranchers, syrup and sugar

Finish: Short, little warmth, sugar, orange peel, soda, lemon, antifreeze

Thoughts: There’s so much crap in here I don’t think it’s actually rum, pretty nasty. More of a liquor than anything else.

Score: 50 out of 100

Clan MacGregor

Clan MacGregor

Price: $12 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Blend / William Grant & Sons

Region: Scotland

40% ABV

Aged For: NAS

Chill Filtered: Yes

Color Added: Yes

 


 

Color: Golden

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn.

Nose: Alcohol forward, grain notes, honey, spoiled oak, and artificial sweetener.

Mouthfeel: Thin

Palate/Taste: Cooking apples, vanilla, young mash, ethanol, and sour cream.

Finish: Short and astringent. Sweetness that reminds me of cheap rum mixed with pinesol.

Thoughts: It’s amazing to think I used to drink this stuff starting out years ago. It’s sweet, hot, and has a young funk to it, and I don’t recommend it.

Score: 50 out of 100