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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.
LOTS of oak and spice, some alcohol afterburn. It's good, but there isn't enough going on here when you drink it neat. An ice cube brings out some sweetness and makes it smoother. Still, there are better sippers and mixers out there, from Barbados and elsewhere.
In reading some of the other reviews, I would have to agree that it does have a bit of an oakiness. A fairly clean rum but not a lot of body as compared to others.
Drinkable but XO is better value. Can drink straight up or mix.
This isn't a bad rum, but I just expected more. I didn't find any mention of aging years on the bottle or web, so, it may be produced much quicker then most anejo rums. I thought that the body would be fuller and have a much longer finish, two things that are important to me. Buy the Mount Gay Extra Old, it's worth the money. Now, maybe if they aged this as long...?
If you prefer bourbon to rum you'll like Mount Gay Black Barrel 1703. Has strong oak hints but lacks smoothness and complexity. A bit of a burn on the finish. Not a sipper - better as a mixer. Drinkable and not bad - well done but more of a bourbon than a great rum.
I bought this rum on the recommendation of a liquor store employee and I was actually quite disappointment.
The taste is quite sharp, a bit woody, and not smooth enough to thoroughly enjoy straight. I don't see enough value to excuse paying a third more for this over your traditional mixing rums.
Not quite a sipping rum. A solid every day rum. The woody char flavor is actually pretty enjoyable once you take the edge off with just a splash of cola
Agreed with the unfinished comment, think I prefer the standard Mount Gay for mixing drinks. I wouldn't sip this one, the woody flavors thinly mask the undeveloped alcohol taste.
Good sipping rum. Not going to change your life and not a patch on a decent malt whiskey but worth drinking.
An excellent gold with a taste of char on the back end. A little on the sharp side, but not overly so look to Zacapa for a little more refinement, but keep this handy when you're looking not to spend quite as much.
I'd rate this 7.5 if I could. This is a good choice for fans of Mount Gay rum who want something more flavorful and complex than Eclipse Gold. I've also recommended this to friends who like Bourbon and want to explore rum as it's one of the most whiskey-like rums I've tasted. This is a little harsh "neat" or "straight up" so I enjoy this on the rocks with just a little water. It has a great flavor with character and depth. It's a good choice for rum variations of cocktails like the Old Fashioned or a Manhattan.
A sharp taste of alcohol but a long after taste of oak.
A solid choice for a affordable sipper with a nice finish.
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Good mixing rum that can make due as a sipper in a pinch.
Works as a mixer and plays well with others. I didn't care for it as a sipper.
This review is for a special batch that my local liquor group chose when they went to Barbados and hand selected a barrel after many tastings. It was barrel 1097. This specific bottling was no less than a 9 excellent overall. Very smooth and sweeter than the mount gay XO. The only part that I would rate low was the aroma. This overall is a excellent sipper with a long finish.
Flavorful rum, great to sip and mix!
picked this up when i purchased a bottle of Mount Gay Extra Old. Not bad for a very reasonably priced rum. Not especially smooth but not harsh.
This stuff was peculiar. Light and young on the initial taste, very akin to Mount Gay Eclipse. Then here comes the spice and dryness from the Bourbon barreling hiding the aggressive tannins and finally finishing with a tropical fruit sensation of mango. This one requires a second chance.
Just tried this as it came as a sampler with my bottle of Elipse I just bought. Not to bad on the rocks, smoother than Eclipse but I need to spend more time with it. It is stonger in that it's 86 proof vs 80 for Elipse. I will be buying a bottle and updating my review at a later date.
A pity all rum makers don't limit their efforts to perhaps four offerings. I bought this in a location with very limited choices and I'm sure Mount Gay has much better to offer. This is solely my opinion on of this particular Mount Gay. Harsh, dry and biting burn. Again not for sipping. I give it a 6.