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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.
Arôme léger de mélasse
Rappelle quelque chose de toasté
Brûlure de l'alcool présente.
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".
Found this at my local Getränkemarkt and was not too expensive for an alleged small batch rum. Found it rather medicinal, slightly rough, no real redeeming features, would not buy again.
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 which helps keep things bright. Finish is lingering and somewhat sweet but not a sugar bomb by any means.
Can’t go wrong with the Black Barrel in your tiki drinks either. I prefer this over the Black Seal or Plantation rums for mixing.
So it’s a sipper and a mixer at a great 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.
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.
Smooth golden rum similar to eldorado 12 yr old only not as obvious less sweet only problem is the 1 litre bottle is too tall for my shelf.
Don't really know what to say about this sipper. It has a pounch in its alcohol taste but its not the most taste worthy rum. Not to bad but I would go for something more tasty ifs could.
Ah, the aroma is great but there's too much alcohol burn. It's almost great. Just needs a tiny bit of refinement. Worth a buy for the price.
Got this for christmas not a bottle i would pick up for myself but was nicely suprised a decent sipper sweet nose sligjtly oaky woody from the barrel aging sweet in the finish but not overly so one for sipping not mixing.
Rather strong rum, taste of oak & bourbon, a bit vanille, strong and a bit smoked finish.
It's odd this one is so heavy on the 6-8 rating split.
Definite bourbon notes here, but as a warming, smoky oaked rum with a hint of maple, this is eminently enjoyable and worth a try. Only a slight burn at the end to remind you you're drinking rum.
6/10 Tasty, but not quite great. good to try once :-)
What a dissapointmet! I had way higher expectations for this rum, even though it is not an XO or anything special I’ve heard good things about this one and bro im sorry for those of you who like it but i think this is garbage, ugly yelloish color, strong scent and taste of alcohol... pretty bottle thats about the only good thing about it... another one thats gonna be sitting on bar for some time