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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".
Just an every day rum in my opinion although i must admit in taste much better that captain morgan basic dark rum.
This is hard to score because there are many rum drinkers who will rightly love this and others, like me, who won't. It's certainly very well-crafted and a succesful rum for what it does. There may well be, understandably, some polarising of views on it here.
I am not a fan of whisky and only fractionally more so of bourbon. I find them both quite harsh (the cheaper ones like paint-stripper) and I don't much care for being hit over the head with too much oak, smoke, earthiness or burn. However, this is not too bad. It is certainly complex and storng in aroma, taste and aftertaste. I prefer it to all the whiskies I've tried. Plantation Guyana and Appletons 12 are also a bit like whisky, but not as good as this - this has more layers and nuance.
And so, I have a bottle in my cabinet and will drink it once in a while and offer it to friends who like whisky or bourbon.
It's not fair for me to give this a very low mark, because it's a really good rum undeserving of that, and it I liked whisky I'd give it a 9. As it is, it's a 6 for me: I drink rum because I like the flavours of rum and this is certainly not high on the list for that.
The perfect rum for whiskey (scotch/irish) lovers, very woody & smokey, but with a nice complex Caribbean ooutflow. Also really good value for money, below 30€ the 1-liter bottle.
Like to explore and drink rum and whiskey pure, no ice. Smell, taste are wonderfull. Loved the after taste. My favourite in local bar.
finished in bourban oak barrels always a great choice
Very good! One of my favorites. I drink it neat or with just ice.
Nice taste, you can taste the different accents you want in a rum
Can't say too much bad stuff about this. Solid overall, not too harsh but you can certainly taste the char. I certainly taste some caramel, vanilla and a little bit of chocolate on this one, but it always ends with the char.