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Mount Gay Black Barrel is a small batch, handcrafted rum recently created by master distiller Allen Smith. It is a blend of both matured double pot distillates and aged column distillates which are finished in Bourbon oak barrels. The unique blend delivers a bold and balanced flavour.
Charred oak barrel notes open up to leave you with a classic pot still Bajan rum.
Different and very nice if you like an oaky feel to your drink. A very nice sipper
I enjoy sipping bourbon and whisky, preferably neat. Occasionally I'll add a teaspoon of water just to open up the bouquet. Feeling the need for a change of pace, I went on a safari for something bearing the Mount Gay label, at the suggestion of a friend. I opted for the Black Barrel, because I just happened to have a bit extra to spend. Damn good stuff, sir! I don't have much experience with rum, but from the very first sip I LOVED this stuff. I was floored by the vanilla, raisin and floral taste -- and that peppery after taste! All I can say is YOWSA!
This is a fantastic rum, the price is about right for it. I'm not sure, why people are so divided on this one.
I'd recommend it on the rocks or straight. There's a hint of cherry in it it, towards the end it has a strong note of charred barrels. Recommended.
Nicely drinkable rum with strong notes of charred barrels. Stronger taste than most rums. Still one of my favorites
Three top tier restaurants stock the Black Barrel for me as I drink it with fresh squeezed orange juice. It's one of my favorite drinks. I wouldn't drink this straight up but with a mixer it's great. It's certainly far above the house rum served by virtually all bars/restaurants.
N- Prelude with salt filled sea breeze follow by heavy dose of wood extract, lightly burn maple syrup and leather polish that gives it a rather bold and direct character. (20/25)
P- Burnt coal, buttery vanilla and whiff of smokes, some ripe tropical fruits and raisins but vastly masked by the beefy phenolic profile, which is nice for a change. Dash of plain sugar lurking but acceptable as it is not as sweet. (20/25)
F- Medium length, oak driven, clean and dry. Layer of raw woody oiliness that either one will like or hate it, a touch of toasted salt bitterness on the exit as expected. (19/25)
Balanced:- Love the breeze of salts. May not be finely balance, but is great to have tasted the usual prominent sweetness being bullied by the masculine oak on this dram. Hoped to see they come up with deeply charred sherry cask finishes soon. A wee thin, lack body. (18/25)
Weighted Rate:- 77pt
It burns if you over sniff on it but there are pack with aroma. Candy floss, caramel, fruits cake with raisins, spices such as cinnamon and vanilla and bitterness of dark chocolate.
Light with woody and caramel flavor. Charred bourbon flavor which stands out a lot compare with most rum, banana peel and dry German apple schnapps (apfelbrand). Peppery burning sensation which I enjoyed but not so sure for others.
Tropical fruits on the finishing. Minty flavor. Dry tannin mouth feel and tickling on the throat.
Přišel jako 2. do rodiny. První byl XO. Dopiručuji připlatit. Ma sotva poloviční chuť a je hodně alkoholovy.
Bottled at 43% which is always a good thing for rum. Candy cola on the nose and palette. It opens up to a bit of lemon grass and smoke. The body is on the thin side for a bourbon barrel rum which helps in keeping things bright. Finish is lingering and somewhat sweet but not too much so as is expected with a good Bajan rum. For the price it's pretty darn good but I'm definitely left with the feeling like I want more. It's not watered down by any means on it's own right but if I'm going for bourbon barrel rum I usually want something thicker and meatier than this. Which is to say this is going to be a great mixer if your looking to put a little barrel flavor into your cocktail. And for the price that makes this a bit of a genius offering from one of the great rum brands out there. Solid
In the bajan range, this leans a bit towards the potent end of the scale. It's by no means overpowering but have some character. The nose is nice with cherries, dark chocolate.and perhaps a splash of saltwater? On the tongue I pick up notes of molasses, peppery spices, toast and peach. The finish is slightly dry, deep and dark, but stays fairly refined. Good rum and decent value.
Mt. Gay makes some of my favourite rums but, this isn't one of them. It is overpowered by a bourbon flavour that I can't ignore. If I want bourbon I'll go get it. I don't mind it in rum when it is subtle but, this is very similar in taste to some bourbons I drink. Smooth drinking and taste is good but, not for a rum.
This is all preference anyway but, the Eclipse red cap is my go to mixer and I feel it's a more rounded rum.
Arôme léger de mélasse
Rappelle quelque chose de toasté
Brûlure de l'alcool présente.
Nose: Slightly floral.
Feel: Clean with not too much burn.
Taste: Sugar, LOTS of wood. A little nutty.
Presentation: Very nice long neck bottle. Distinctive. I really what Barbados has done with the country of origin sticker. More countries should do it.
Price: 40 CAD.
A little cheaper than the XO and it shows. Lacking the bold body but still quite adequate for sipping. I think I will be using this mainly for drinks that call for a Barbados rum so I have more XO left over for sipping.
This was recommended to me from a liquor store owner. He sure knew what he was talking about very nice rum.
I didn't like the harsh bite of this rum. Very strong alcohol burn, and hints of pepper in the aftertaste. If asked for a one-word description, I would call this rum "unfinished".
J'apprécie les Rhum de la Barbade. Aussi je voulais goûter les Mount Gay et j'ai commencé par le Black Barrel. Ce n'est pas un mauvais rhum. On retrouve les caractéristiques des rhums que j'aime (plutôt sec et frais, fruits exotiques avec une pointe d'épices), mais pour moi il manque de complexité et de longueur en bouche.
Rapport qualité/prix décevant.
A essayer peut-être en cocktail.
Une attaque très (trop) forte mais avec des notes subtil de mélasse dans un second temps. Pas autant aromatique qu'un XO mais il se laisse boire !
Decent for sipping but better with ice. Would be smoother if allowed to be a couple more years in the casket. Medium brown with hints of spices.
Very adequate as a sipper. Certainly spices and oak notes to be enjoyed albeit nothing overwhelming. A lighter version of the XO but very enjoyable nonetheless. Incredible value for less than $30 USD
A good Rum better than most not as harsh as I was prepared for.
J aime beaucoup ce rhum bien boisé, et bien épicé. Veilli 2 fois dans des barils de bourbon. Un petit goût de vanille. Je le conseille vraiment.
Good rum, smooth neat but also excellent with Coke.
A nice rum with a great aroma of oak and vanilla along with aged leather and subtle tobacco notes. Great as a sipper or a mixer if you want a little oak barrel dimension to your cocktail.