17th Jun2017

Dead Men Tell No Tales about this ‘Pirates Grog’

by Phil Wheat

With Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales hitting UK cinemas last month, what better time to launch a brand new line of rum? After all, a pirates favourite drink is rum right? Right!

The latest Pirates… movie sees infamous constantly drunk pirate Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) face off against his old rival, Armando Salazar (Javier Bardem) – who just happens to be one of the undead! Salazar, along with an army of deadly ghost sailors, escapes from the Devil’s Triangle bent on killing every pirate at sea—notably Jack. Jack’s only hope of survival lies in the legendary Trident of Poseidon, but to find it he must forge an uneasy alliance with Carina Smyth (Kaya Scodelario), a brilliant and beautiful astronomer, and Henry (Brenton Thwaites), a headstrong young sailor in the Royal Navy. At the helm of the Dying Gull, his pitifully small and shabby ship, Captain Jack seeks not only to reverse his recent spate of ill fortune, but to save his very life from the most formidable and malicious foe he has ever faced…


Not one’s to miss an opportunity, the folks at 31Dover have released Pirates Grog, (pictured above) a five-year aged Honduran rum which is blended in small batches on the Caribbean island of Roatán – yes, this rum literally comes from the very places seen in the Disney franchise! Knowing how much the Nerdly crew love their alcohol (joke), 31Dover sent us over a small sample of their 37.5%(!)rum to try for ourselves; and damn if it isn’t some good stuff!

Now normally I’m a mixer; give me alcohol mixed with any kind of soda: lemonade, Coke/Pepsi, Dr. Pepper… Usually something sweet enough to offset the bitterness of the alcohol – unless of course we’re talking the likes of Belvedere Vodka (a smooth a drink as you can find), which I’ll happily drink neat. Much like the aforementioned vodka, Pirates Grog is smooth and tasty enough to drink neat, whilst still working well in a cocktail like a Planter’s Punch. The flavour is – for me – on the right side of sweet; with a rich deep, texture that had me wanting more. We also got the chance to sample Pirates Grog No.13, which is a 13-year aged single cask golden rum which is just as rich and full-bodied and gloriously sweet and smooth…

Make sure you check out the Pirates Grog on 31Dover.com


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