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Old 05-12-2008, 11:23 AM   #1
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Default A rare treat...

Yesterday I was out with the family for a late Sunday brunch - we were a little early and took a seat and the bar while our table was prepared. And what should be staring at me from the shelves, tucked off in the corner? Not only was it a bottle of Pyrat XO - but I distinctly noted the label marked it as an OLD bottle - dating it from before theoretical formula change.

The bottle was near empty, but there was just enough for me to enjoy one small glass. I maintain that there is indeed a difference between the old and new XOs, and yesterday's experience only reenforced this belief. I partake of the new XO now and again, and find it a passable rum when I want something a bit different from my usual fare of darker rums. But it lacks the refinement and rich musk I remember from before - all of which were definitely present yesterday.

So I guess what I'm saying is, take heart - there are still bottles of the old stuff floating around. Just keep your eyes open, and hope the rum gods smile on you.
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Old 05-12-2008, 11:46 AM   #2
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One is floating around on my shelf, unopened.
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i got one too and i wonder if i ll ever open it
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Old 05-13-2008, 01:09 PM   #4
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Mine is almost empty. The only thing keeping me from finishing it off is that I will not have anymore. Of course it is no good to me in the bottle, so I guess I need to enjoy that last drink and be done with it. I hate running out of a favorite, it will be even worse knowing it may be my last sip ever.

Oh, and welcome to the forum Bilgemunky. As a pirate fan, I've used your site as a resource several times.
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And what should be staring at me from the shelves, tucked off in the corner? Not only was it a bottle of Pyrat XO - but I distinctly noted the label marked it as an OLD bottle - dating it from before theoretical formula change.
What is the difference in the labels, specifically? Thanks!
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Old 05-13-2008, 04:17 PM   #6
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Here is an article on Bilgemunky's site.

Here are a couple of pics for comparison:



And there appears to be a 3rd label out there now:
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Old 05-13-2008, 04:19 PM   #7
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I think what the NH State Liquor Stores have is listed as Planter's Gold, at least on their website.
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I think what the NH State Liquor Stores have is listed as Planter's Gold, at least on their website.
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Yes, but in practice (in all of the NH stores I've been to) it has been the new version... I am hoping to stumble upon a store with an old one...

Although the NH state liq store price seems incredibly high - $36.99? Seems others are paying a lot less, and it is even less in Mass. - which is unusual (~$30) hmm?
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I'll say it again. I came too late to the party to have a feel for the older bottlings of this rum, but given the enormous press that XO gets, I bought not one, but two bottles of it when it was on sale here. I figured it was a no brainer. My disappointment with this rum as it is currently delivered was sealed at the first sips. Waaaay to much orange flavor. Beneath it all lies, I think, a nice product but how can I really know? The orange flavor is overwhelming. To top it off, I got a ferocious headache (now in the light of day I think that was coincidence) after drinking it. So, lovely package, nice Hotai and ribbon, good press, but for me, not something I can buy again.
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Yes, but in practice (in all of the NH stores I've been to) it has been the new version... I am hoping to stumble upon a store with an old one...

Although the NH state liq store price seems incredibly high - $36.99? Seems others are paying a lot less, and it is even less in Mass. - which is unusual (~$30) hmm?
You should count yourself lucky. In London it's between Ј35 and Ј40.
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