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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 a nose-bleeding $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 paperboy (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 and honey.
The taste is a bit sweet with vanilla and spice. You 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.
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.
Now the golden color gets more dark (compared to the lower grade Mount Gay rums). While nosing the smoky flavor is nicely smooth and elegant, a bit of citruses (oranges) is also present. In the mouth it is absolutely great and the afterburn is just so pleasant with a slightly bitter tone (thus different from the sweetened rums).
This one also has no sugar, its just pure aging to achieve such a delicious rum, that is why I give 10!
Just for sipping and relax...
Beautifull nose, taste and finish. Reference to try
No puedo negar que es muy buen ron, se parece un poco al Zacapa. Sin embargo por el precio compraría otro
Special rum. Price is like this rum.Special but good.Full length in the mouth ....caramel maybe...but everyone can taste and find others aroma. I think for this rum specially,the temperature must be a big factor.
Smooth and full of flavour. Make sure to sip and enjoy slowly.
This has lovely aromas and another great surprise, it's decent rum on the rocks with little added suger ... A delight to drink that could come from a pirate's rum cask ...
If you started, you drink it more and more. Soft, tasty, not too strong in flavor. Be careful not to finish the bottle at once!
Butter, caramel, tobacco, oak, plum, toffee, molasses, and ... Scotch? Yes, good Scotch. It took me a while to figure that part out. I kept tasting and trying to figure out what was it reminding me of? I knew it wasn't a common rum characteristic.(takes another taste) Yes! My mouth recognizes it, but not my nose. Odd and nice. I had thought that the difference in price from the XO to the 1703 would not be sufficient to qualify the doubling of the price, but that was wrong. This is very much its own animal.
Bought this especially for the Holidays. So glad I did. What a great experience. No additives or sugary explosions. Love everything about the taste. Molasses balanced with oak, nuts and a smidge of all spice and chocolate. Pricey but worth every penny. Sip sip sip away
I received this as an early Christmas gift this year from my wife, it's only half full now, and is delicious. A little expensive, but I'd buy it again!
Just a beautiful rum to sip and enjoy slowly. The flavours just develop in your pallet
I got a double to get something new, and im glad I did. This is a mild, semi smooth rum that I would have no problem drinking a lot of. Unfortunately I have to drive home. But i think it will make a great rumand coke, or umbrella drink. It's okay as a sipper, as I mentioned but it will shine as a mixer
The traditional mount gay flavor that you can come to expect. Smooth and full of flavor.
Just got about halfway through this bottle, rum is a good colour and leaves a good smooth after taste
The bottle is nice and heavy and says quality. I miss do some body, it is thinner then I expected and with less. aftertaste that I expected. But okay product!
Un rhum assez sec pour un de la Barbade. Il est très long en bouche bien qu'encore trop sec pour moi. Bonne dégustation!