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Mount Gay 1703 rum includes rums aged between 10 and 30 years that are joined by master distiller Allen Smith.
Mount Gay Distilleries is the oldest operating distillery in the Americas - producing rum in Barbados since 1703, hence the rum's name. It's original name was Mount Gilboa, and in 1801 renamed Mount Gay after the distillery's manager Sir John Gay Alleyne.
Chewy molasses, rich butterscotch, fragrant toffee, a light touch of vanilla and cocoa - this rum has it all. I read an interview with RL Seale, (the Foursquare guy), who said that most rum drinkers think they like sweet rum but what they really like is sweetened rum. No doubt he'd add that if drinkers gave a pure, un-sugared rum like this one (and his own superb Foursquare rums) a chance they'd appreciate the immense pleasure from all that they have to offer. They are naturally sweet, and so much more.
I found a bottle for US $85, a steal after shelling out $160 for Flor de Cana 25. Both are mighty tasty, but the 1703 is a treasure. Straight up, right?
A nice looking bottle that comes in a cheap paperbox (picture).
When you first smell the rum you find it a bit sticky but when it rests for a few minutes you get a nice smell of fruit, honey and oak.
The taste is a bit sweet with vanilla, oak and spice. You also sense some oak and spice on the quite long aftertaste.
I think this rum nice but a bit overpriced.
Taste profile similar to Mount Gay XO but almost triple the price. Prefer Abuelo Centuria at this price point.
More richness, leather and wood than Extra Old, but pricy. For slow sipping.
So I have bench marked this against plantation 20 year old XO. Not as smooth as if you are a lover of whisky. Has a slightly medical taste and not the smooth sweet molasses taste of a rum.
My first try in the Mount Gay and the 1703 Old Cask was clearly a good catch !
Dry but not to much , this MG is well bodied but still easy to sip with a large bunch of aromas like oak and caramel. Really a nice dicovery from last tasting !
My experience with this rum is different from most. I've had a bottle in my cabinet for several years, and the bottle is still almost full. Giving it another try tonight, I get strong alcohol on the nose, with some burnt caramel behind it. It's smooth, only a little heat. I can detect some roasted nuts with the oak and the caramel. But on the whole, it doesn't do much for me. Everyone's palate is different. Not a bad rum, it's just not for me.
Among my absolute favorite Barbadian rum. Rumor has it that it's a blend of rum between 10 and 30 years. The nose is full and interesting with oak, leather, tobacco, coconut, subtle butterscotch and something slightly acidic and sweet, reminding me of juicy pears. Fantastic. The taste is exceptional and to me balanced perfectly. It's full bodied, initially with ripe pears and a subtle hint of butterscotch sweetness quickly fading into refined notes of vanilla stained oak and tobacco. The finish lingers for a long time. World class rum worth every penny. I simply feel that skillfully aged and unsweetened rum like this, offer a delicate taste profile, that non of the additive rums can hope to achieve. Beautiful and flirting with a 10.
For the price should have blown me away but not even close. Solid sipper but should have delivered more
I bought this rum because I liked the XO so much. The bottle and cork pledge premium but it somehow lacks the well balanced flavors that make the XO great.
This was the first rum in English style that I tested and maybe my rate is unfair because of that. Today is the English style my bag, but at that time I was more into the Spanish style and I didn’t like Mount Gay at all.
There are much better rums in and below the price range of this. It was just too subtle in the nose, mouth and finish. Hey but that's just me, I like a bit more robust flavors.
Sec et gourmand, un excellent rhum. Le prix est assez aléatoire, parfois à moins de 80€ c’est le top !
Préférer celui ci aux différents mount gilboa et autres last wards !
Nose: fruit (pineapple!), caramel, coffee, hints of leatherpolish.. Taste: sparkling sensation on the tongue, leather, coffee, toffee, not too sweet but hints of fruit. Nice one.
Just rich. the depth and character of this rum, for me, sets it apart from the rest. The taste of oak is what changed my mind on what a rum could be. This rum has it.
It smells great lots of caramel , however I don't think it's very smooth and the taste is too much of a whiskey taste for me. Had to think of my visit to the Jameson factory when I tasted this rum. It got a bit better when it aired for like 10 min.
Aroma after brown sugar, citruses
Palate is dry and dominated by oak cask
This is decent stuff.
Blended, but decent. The exact age is unclear.
Lovely bottle with the shape of Barbados etched into the back.
Nose: Big, with lovely toffee and dried fruit - all a rum should have.
Mouth: Surprisingly sharp, moderately lingering aroma and the 43% alcohol telling. Typical Barbados with some woody sweetness but no sticky sugar.
Throat: Gentle burn, aroma should last longer.
While this is probably the king of the Bajan mainstream, the high price is not justified compared to the Mount Gay XO and definitely not compared to specialist single cask rums from Foursquare or St. Nicholas Abbey.
Delicious, no added sugar, and great for sipping. Truly a bucket list rum and one to enjoy slowly.
MG 1703 starts off immediately with a very interesting nose. Slightly sharp, but warm and comforting. The palate is oaky, rich, complex, and simply delicious. Much more noticeable pot-still influence than the XO (thanks, Mr. Smith!), and it's smartly bottled at 43% (though a little stronger would have been nice).
This is a very, very good rum—among the very best I've tasted.
I really want to rate this a 10—it's very close—but I'll need to revisit it first. 9+
very very nice........................excellent rum
Nicht so gut wie erwartet. Der erste Geschmack ist nicht so aromatisch sondern eher scharf. Der Körper ist schwer und scharf. Der Nachklang lang, wenig fruchtig...
Very dry and sharp. It is little bit like agricole, but not too much. For this price it should be better. Disappointed.