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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) where he said that most rum drinkers think they like sweet rum but what they really like is sweetened rum. If they gave a pure, un-sugared rum like this a chance they'd appreciate the immense pleasure from all that it has to offer. It's naturally sweet, and so much more.
I found a bottle for US $85, which seems like a steal after shelling out a nose-bleeding $160 for Flor de Cana 25. Both are superb. This one, however, 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 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.
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
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 !
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!
The smoothest rum ever. Gorgeous flavours and a sweet aftertaste. Tastes of chocolate, caramel and fruit.
Ottimo rum in stile inglese, buon corpo e buona persistenza.
La paletta aromatica varia dal legno al cuoio invecchiato.
What can i tell about it?! Smooth, not too dry. Perfect
Had a great experience at the Distillery recently where I was introduced to this rum. I used to be a Zacapa XO drinker until I found this gem.
I find it best severed in chilled glass.
Un rom foarte fin, pentru cunoscători dar nu numai. O alegere excelentă pentru o seară de vară pe o plajă din Barbados bineînțeles :)
Another level of Mount Gay, much better than XO. Excelent texture and finish, a lot of flavor in palatin. Good job Mount Gay.
This amazing piece of rum craftsmanship represents everything I expect from a snobby rich expensive premium rum. It has a nose of vanilla, caramel, oak and slight notes of smoke and fruit. The palate clearly balances between vanilla, smoke and wood while the finish moves into the fruity direction. 9/10, would bang.
I like the bottle but for the price, it could be better. The color is rich, slightly amber. Smells of fruit dominate my nose, this transitions into flavor. It slightly balances out with a oak and vanilla finish. Very smooth, not much burn. The aftertaste lingers for a while. It's definitely a sipping rum. I think it's definitely overpriced, but it's still very good stuff.