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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 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.
Could this be the best bang for your buck? For nearly half the price it offers no less from the XO qualities and even adds a little on top of that. It's lacking those lovely floral tones of XO, but it also lacks that sometimes unpleasant alcohol bite. Even people who aren't very fond of the XO really likes this rum, and I can imagine drinking this and only this whole night. This is truly good all-purpose rum.
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.
Smells and tastes of honey, oak, bourbon, and spice. The taste has a strong alcohol bite to it; perhaps a little too strong at 43%abv, so I'll recommend this on the rocks (I like stronger drinks only when they are super premium). Still, a good above average rum.
Agréable. Juste comme il faut. Facile a déguster. Un rhum classique. Bon rapport qualité prix pour 30€
This is a discovery thanks to a trip to South Korea. Have tried some other mount gays - not a fan. This one is on the shelf of Bacardi ocho, and single canes too. So I guess I am ok with the bit harsher rums. Would give 7.5. It has some bitterness, and bites my nose a bit too.
After pouring I could smell mostly bananas with some oak and pineapple hints. It's a good rum but unfortunately after first sip feels too harsh and lasts long. Slightly sweet.
It doesn't have the smoothness or flavour profile of many more expensive rums but then again it's not as expensive! And for what it costs, I think it's a great rum... I personally find it slightly too harsh to drink without ice but once a couple of ice cubes have started to melt it goes down a treat.
I first tried this rum 4 years ago and found it a solid 9. Last year and the year before, I found the taste had changed in that it was a more harsh drink.....so for "on the ice" rather than straight.
not too sweet but with vanilla taste , an interesting rum
Simple. No additives, but it is a light, simple rum.
Honigfarbenes Bernstein im Glas.
In der Nase Karamell und Vanille mit schönen Holz Nuancen, Früchte und Beeren schmücken das Ganze.
Im Gaumen fruchtig leicht, getoastetes Holz mit Karamell, frisch gepflückte tropische Früchte.
Im Abgang dezent, etwas Holz, Früchte und Karamell.
Ein schöner ungesüsster Rum für Einsteiger und Fortgeschrittene mit gutem Preis / Leistung Verhältnis.
Honey coloured amber in the glass.
In the nose caramel and vanilla with beautiful wood nuances, fruits and berries decorate the whole.
On the palate fruity light, toasted wood with caramel, freshly picked tropical fruits.
In the finish discreet, some wood, fruits and caramel.
A nice unsweetened rum for beginners and advanced with a good quality/price ratio.
Packaged in an awesome bottle hiding away the flavours and smells of Barbados' sunshine!
Soft aroma of molasses with hints of sweetness and vanilla. Pepper. Alcohol. Warm on the palate, soft sweet character with soft fruitiness and hints of vanilla and oak. I don't get the big char barrel character that some get. The finish is dry and long with lingering bitterness. Not super complex. Good flavor. I'd use it as a mixer. Great pure rum flavor without too much barrel character to get in the way. Not a great sipper in my book but on the rocks in a pinch wouldn't be a bad thing. A great rum for what it is. Good value for a good quality rum. $26 for a 750ml in Ohio.
Just discovered this one tonight and was surprised about the great taste. Need to buy myself this one to enjoy it more.
This rum is great as a mixer. I use it with mexican coke when I don’t want to spend money on alcohol. Its definitely a step up from mount gay eclipse
This one has a little edgy alcoholic taste to drink straight, but a little pricey to mix. still a good rum if you can get it a good price
The alcohol smell and taste was just a little more than I apreciate. But in general it is good room and I'll get back to it
My first purchase based on reviews from this site. I was tossing up between this and Bundy Small Batch. Regretting my decision to choose this a little. It may grow on me but at the moment the original seems to be a better drop.
Rum má nápadně lihové aroma i chuť, obojí připomíná spíš whiskey než rum.
Nose: Oak hints of vanilla
Taste: Strong oak with nut and vanilla
Viscosity: Somewhat thin
Finish: Finishes fairly quick with a fair amount of burn
Overall Impression: Very good, you cannot go wrong with this rum
Being a "Spirits" drinker I do not claim expertise on any type of alcohol. I very much enjoy Mount Gay Black Barrel when I desire a rum cocktail.
It's not quite the XO, so I'd recommend paying a little more if you're looking for a neat sipper in the style of aged scotch, etc. A little harsher on the palate, this would be an excellent bar choice for any recipe calling for an aged bajan rum.