Mount Gay

Review: Mount Gay Extra Old Barbados Rum by Jason Hambrey

8-15 years
From molasses
Distiller Mount Gay (St. Lucy, Barbados)

Another classic premium rum, from the Barbados producer who is also well known as a sponsor for sailing events. The rum is produced with open air fermentation and pot distillation - some single and some double distilled. The XO product contains relatively more of the double distillates, which, presumably, are quite a bit lighter.

Review (2015)

  • Batch: N/A

  • Bottling Code: N/A

  • Bottling Date: 2014

Nose: spicy and rich, and dry too. Lightly bitter with some lighter fruit lifting the aromas a bit out of the darkness too. Rum soaked raisins, and some dusty earthiness. It is too bad about the bitterness.

Taste: Very rich, though a bit flat. The length is good, and it does develop well. Some decent spice on the end too. Enjoyable, but perhaps there is a bit too much in the way of bitterness there. Medium level sweetness.

Finish: A bit of spiciness, but there isn't a whole lot of complexity or body, and there's a bit of a saccharin staleness too. These are relatively minor points - it is a good rum. Some cinnamon spice too.

This would work well in cocktails that embrace dark rum.

Assessment: Recommended.

Value: Average. Not a bad rum for the price!