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Mount Gay Eclipse rum is produced from molasses that is double distilled and aged up to 2 years in white Kentucky oak ex bourbon barrels.
Mount Gay is the oldest existing rum brand in the world, with it's oldest surviving deed being from 1703. The company developed the use of traditional double copper pot stills, a process that has been in continuous use by Mount Gay ever since its founding. The company's namesake Sir John Gay Alleyne was a good friend of John Sober who purchased the then Mount Gilboa distilleries in 1747.
This is a great rum for mixing. However, I typically drink rum neat. So here is my description. It has a mild alcohol scent. Drinking it I notice at first a strong punch of alcohol, but it only lingers a few seconds from the finish. After the first few sips I barely notice the alcohol, and continue to enjoy the rum. At the finish I taste a light vanilla hint. The viscosity is light-bodied and thin. It has a golden-saffron color. Overall, smooth and enjoyable for the price. Usually the best choice at poorly stocked bars. Not the best rum, but certainly not the worst!
Nose - Vanilla, banana, light
Taste - Similar to nose, burn is light
In the category of Bajan rums, there are better options for the same or less cost.
You can get something more aged and has oaky notes.
If your options are limited, this will do.
Lite vanilj i doften mild och lättdrucken i värmen.
Bought this thinking it was top shelf. It’s not bad, it has a decent aroma with buttery notes, but you can smell the alcohol and taste it. It’s just too harsh for me at 47%. It is a good standard rum if you can enjoy the alcohol or maybe mixed.
Lovely color and rich aroma for this class. Decent on the palate but if taken neat there is alcohol bite; fans could say it’s “peppery.” Better for mixing with ginger ale or ginger beer, especially when livened with a few drops of bitters.
Bought this after checking reviews on here, really pleasantly surprised. Not the best rum I've tried but very smooth and enjoyable. Could enjoy this every evening without getting bored.
too serious , too dry, too wine, too right , sipping not for everyone , need sea meal to understand it
This is a nice dry rum, Barbados is the homeland of rum. Will buy again.
Good mixer rum, tasty. The taste is pure. A true Barbados rum.
Lighter amber hues and mild spice on the nose. It has a smooth character without being too intrusive on any one flavour or spice. Good mixing choice but can so nicely neat as well.
Decent enough. Bit too harsh as a sipper but a good mixer and really good price.
My middle-tier rum of choice. While it's certainly not one of the best rums out of there, it's definitely not nearly the worst either. Extremely aromatic, but if you're used to higher-class stuff you'll be let down when you drink it.
It burns a lot but has a good taste and is sippable. Might be better with an ice cube
A friend had a bottle of this and being a rum drinker I had to try it on the rocks, my normal drink. I did like the taste, but felt it was kind of harsh going down and afterward. I'd definitely drink it if it was the only option, but there are better options in this price range. Specifically Cruzan gold.
Better than a lot by it self but locally it can be had in large plastic bottles which makes it top notch for boat drinks!
A very good rum at the price level. A little harsh on its own, however when mixed it is smooth but still interesting. Think banana bread. a little sweetness but not too sweet. Easy to drink and as entry level Mount Gay it sets a standard.
There’s nothing wrong with this rum but there is nothing to write home about or get excited. It’s just the same old standard cheap gold rum.
Maybe Better for à mixer
Eclipse is not so great and not tastefull rum but it cheap and have amazing yellow color like liquid sunlight!
Poured neat, it has a bit of a nutty aroma with a hint of orange peel. It has a clean taste with just a little burn in the back of the throat, and it leaves behind a bit of the oakiness that makes you want to go back for more. It tastes a bit young, I would love to try an aged version of this rum, but it would be good in a punch.
After so many years of searching for a tasty mixer that is cheap and never does a number on your system, Mount Gay Eclipse wins hands down. I only wish that it were as widely available back then as it is now, since it could have saved me lots of Bacardi hangovers in the seventies. This one is even okay on the rocks, but never neat. However, thanks to my bad experience with their XO at more than double the price, I probably won't buy any more from Mount Gay.
This rum is great for mixing either but equally agreeable over ice. A lovely golden colour, this rum has hints of spice with a gentle warmth.
It's a bit rough and best used with a mixer. Bog standard "rum and coke" type of rum. Gets a 6.5 with this; neat I'd give it 4. Put Pepsi in it. Put something in it.
Velmi suchá, ale jemná chuť. Trochu kořeněná a ve střední části trochu štiplavá.
To alcohol forward for me... Not a sipper...prefer Gosling for the price point.
Picked up a bottle of this at the Mount Gay site during a visit in the early 90's IIRC - sat unopened in my cupboard until maybe a year ago before I finally tried it. Seemed ok, less burn than I expected, less body also, but still pleasant enough to sip though better suited to cocktails - to be fair I would like to grab a new bottle to compare against as I cannot really vouch for the storage over the years.
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