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Mount Gay Black Barrel Cask Strength rum from Barbados

The premiumization of rum in Barbados in the 21st century has seen dramatic change, from the everyday expressions to the top-shelf luxury editions. Mount Gay’s classic Black Barrel rum, known for its rich boldness from dark charred barrels is no exception.

Mount Gay Black Barrel Cask Strength

The production team at Mount Gay is keen to explore potent variations of their standard bearing expressions, and fans of the brand seem just as eager to find notable Master Blender Collection editions to enjoy.

This new cask strength version of Black Barrel, released to celebrate the brand’s 320th anniversary, is bottled at 66% ABV and sold exclusively at the distillery in Saint Lucy and the Visitor’s Centre near Bridgetown. The higher ABV takes the product to another level, delivering a seriously rich flavor profile for a rum of its class.

Production Notes

The legacy double retort pot stills of Mount Gay are responsible for the heart and soul of their aged rums, but the column still components in the blend balance the rustic nature of the copper pots, providing a solid base for the profiles and, with great operating efficiency, a boost for the producer’s bottom line.

Mount Gay Black Barrel Cask Strength components are aged in American Whiskey casks before hard charred ex-Bourbon barrels to achieve the robust tannic profile.

Tasting Notes

Aromas of smoky oak dominate over walnut, cherry and rancio before peach pit, dried fruit, honey and orange oil.

On the palate, big oak and burnt sugar with smoky vanilla precedes brown butter, old leather and pungent tannins before bitter cacao nibs. The finish leaves long echoes of smoky oak with hints of brine.

Sipping and Mixing

Some rum enthusiasts will find this bold rum to be a bit rough for sipping, but a more careful inspection of small sips reveals a very satisfying profile that delivers big flavor in lesser portion. The rum stands up well in an Old Fashioned cocktail or a Manhattan, a delightful alternative to the usual whiskey standards. We enjoy a tall glass of fine ginger beer on clear ice with a generous Black Barrel rum floater on top.

On the rocks, Mount Gay Black Barrel Cask Strength rum won’t be neutered by dilution, and notes of treacle with vanilla are pronounced.

Cost and Availability

At the distillery in Barbados, we paid $69 for our 700ml bottles, but we’ve noticed the Black Barrel Cask Strength in online rum auctions offered at more than $450 per bottle, seemingly due to limited availability.

 


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Mount Gay Master Blender Collection Pot Still Rum

One of master blender Trudiann Branker’s first projects at Mount Gay was the release of the limited edition Master Blender Collection Pot Still Rum, with only 4,920 bottles. This expression was well received among rum enthusiasts almost immediately and earned some notable awards soon after release.

The Mount Gay Legacy

The distillery for Mount Gay has a storied reputation for producing fine rum using a collection of traditional McMillan and Fragasa double retort copper pot stills  — along with more efficient column stills installed a century ago.

traditional McMillan and Fragasa double retort copper pot stills

traditional McMillan and Fragasa double retort copper pot stills

Mount Gay Master Blender Collection Pot Still Rum

a Pure Pot Still rum from Mount Gay, aged ten years in whiskey oak barrels

These distillates are artfully combined with expertise to balance their respective best qualities. The vast majority of Mount Gay rums are blends of these two types of stills, matured in oak barrels in the aging warehouses at the distillery.

Two unique aspects of the their legacy production techniques are the indigenous yeasts of Barbados and the supply of fresh artesian water from a deep well on the property.

A Unique Pot Still Product

This boutique Master Blender Collection pot still-only product was distilled in 2009 and aged for ten years before a second maturation of six months in ex-whiskey casks, emphasizing the rich and more rustic flavor profiles of these traditional copper pots in comparison to the tall column stills.

Mount Gay master blender Trudiann Branker

Mount Gay master blender Trudiann Branker’s first release is the Pot Still Rum

This is not the first time Mount Gay has released a pure pot still rum, — and hopefully it won’t be the last. But, it’s the first time they claim an age statement on the label of a pure pot still rum, and its the first signature release by master blender Trudiann Branker.

Premiumization

The Mount Gay distillery has a large stock of aged pot still rums to use in their blends. Eclipse, Black Barrel, XO and the elite 1703 expression have seen increases in the percentage of these well aged pot still components as they inch these expressions forward in the plan for premiumization.

Tasting Notes

Initial aromas of bold dried fruit, chocolate and musty oak dominate before herbal and floral notes, palm blossoms, damp earth and snuffed candle. On the palate, a very dry entry heats up fast, lead by charred oak, bitter vanillin and burnt sugar before a long lasting bitter cacao note in the finish.

This rum is reminiscent of the rustic and hearty rums from the old Caroni distillery in Trinidad.

Limited Availability

Mount Gay’s limited edition Pot Still Rum from master blender Trudiann Branker was aged for ten years in American Whiskey casks before bottling at a robust 48% abv. The 750ml bottle sells for about $150, available mainly on the island of Barbados and a few select markets.

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Mount Gay Rum releases Origin Series – The Copper Stills

The iconic Mount Gay brand of rum from Barbados recently announced a special limited edition aged rum package: Origin Series – The Copper Stills.

From Barbados, the new Mount Gay Origin Series: Volume Two, The Copper Stills Collection features two similarly aged rums created in two different stills.

The Copper Stills: Pot vs. Column

Origin Series, Copper Stills, Mount Gay rum from Barbados

Mount Gay releases their limited edition Origin Series Volume Two: The Copper Stills, featuring a selection of two aged rum expressions from Barbados.

The first was produced in a copper pot still, the traditional method of creating rum that dates back to the brand’s origins in Barbados in 1703. The second expression was created in a modern copper column still, a more efficient method for producing rum from molasses.

Each of the two rums included in this special package exhibits a flavor profile unique to it’s method of distillation. Mount Gay rums achieve their complexity and depth of flavor by combining these types of marques in their popular blends.

Tasting Notes

The Copper Pot Rum leads with aromas of sweet cane, vanilla and funky fruit. On the palate notes of dark chocolate, toasted coconut and almonds lead to butter and oak in the finish.

The Copper Column Rum offers aromas of butter and banana. On the palate, hints of sweet ripe fruit and delicate floral notes precede toasted oak.

The Origin Series Collections

“We created the Origin Series collections so that we could give rum drinkers the unique opportunity to experience rum by tasting the pure essence of the distinct distillation methods. We want to share a deeper understanding of how each part of the process can change the taste of rum entirely,” said Mount Gay Master Blender Allen Smith. “Copper Pot is a rich, intricate interpretation of signature Mount Gay aromatics, robust in flavor and body. Copper Column is a delicate and mellow expression of our classic profile.”

Like Volume One of the Origin Series – which featured Virgin Cask and Charred Cask varieties – Volume Two is presented in bespoke packaging of two 375ml bottles, along with a detailed booklet that gives an overview of the creation of the two rums.

The Origin Series Copper Stills collection, at 43% abv, will be available beginning October 2016 at premium liquor and spirits stores across the United States for a suggested retail price of $95.

Mount Gay Rums

The Mount Gay portfolio of fine rums also includes 1703 Old Cask Selection, Extra Old, Black Barrel, Eclipse and Eclipse Silver. Mount Gay is owned by Rémy-Cointreau SA, and is exclusively imported to the U.S. by Rémy Cointreau USA, Inc.

Visit the Mount Gay Rum web site or the Mount Gay Rum Facebook page for more information. Follow Mount Gay rum: @MountGayRum on Facebook and Instagram.


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