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Mount gay black barrel rum

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.

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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!


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.


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".


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.


Has a lot of characteristics of a good bourbon. Oak, strong oak! Very nice to sip... not for the inexperienced rum drinker.


Can't really call this a true dark rum but it has notes of a good dark rum flavor.


Maybe I need to try it again but it had a lots of vanilla and lots of barrel flavor and not much to back it up. As another reviewer said, it feels "unfinished." Better with cola


It's a good rum, but not a memorable one. Could be confused with others if you didn't see it being poured.


I found this at the liquor store in Florida while on vacation and decided to give it a shot. I was not blown away but I was not disappointed either. It is smooth with hints of butterscotch and toffee with a light citrus essence. It also has a nice oak flavor from the aging process. I would definitely buy this again and recommend it as a sipper.


This rum is right at the top of my favorites. Smoth and lite.


Strong bourbon-like flavor. Good for sipping or in cola.


This rum is decent, although it didn't seem to have much sweetness, and reminded me more of a bourbon than a rum.


On opening there was a nice nose with a little astringency in the background. Sampling I found the barrel burn smokiness initially a little strong starting to overpower the other rum flavours. At the back end the bourbon flavours from the barrel came through surprising strongly and lasted quite a while. If you dont like bourbon perhaps take this off your list. Rum was perhaps a little underdeveloped (I dont see an age statement) but this is a nice drop and Ill keep a bottle handy for some variety in the cabinet


Very heavy and a bit harsh at times. However, it does have some wonderful flavors and a nice warm aftertaste.


Pas de sucre, du fût de bourbon, une petite exploitation... On est sur quelque chose de bon, franc, boisé. J'aime !


For me a rum should be at least a bit sweet. That's not the case at all with this one. For a price more than Diplomático Reserva Exclusiva or Presidente Marti 15 this was really a bummer. Maybe bourbon or ordinary whisky drinkers will like this.


È secco, forte, non particolarmente morbido ma buono e non annoia come il legnoso XO.





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