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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.
Another one that improved with later tastings. A bit too strong for me on the rocks, but worked out better mixed. A pronounced molasses flavor for me that improved my outlook on it. Should be a 5.5, but the system only allows full bottles....
Anyone who reads my blog will know that I'm not the greatest mount gay fan , however this is an exemption delicious as a rum and coke and lovely delicate notes ... Not strong in flavour but everything you want from a mixer rum with caramel and spices... The best rum and coke money can buy
Much oakier than Eclipse and nice vanilla flavor. It's got too much burn for my liking compared to the Doorly's line up, but makes a good mixer.
I found this at the liquor store in Florida while on vacation and decided to give it a shot. I was not blown away but I was not disappointed either. It is smooth with hints of butterscotch and toffee with a light citrus essence. It also has a nice oak flavor from the aging process. I would definitely buy this again and recommend it as a sipper.
On opening there was a nice nose with a little astringency in the background. Sampling I found the barrel burn smokiness initially a little strong starting to overpower the other rum flavours. At the back end the bourbon flavours from the barrel came through surprising strongly and lasted quite a while. If you dont like bourbon perhaps take this off your list. Rum was perhaps a little underdeveloped (I dont see an age statement) but this is a nice drop and Ill keep a bottle handy for some variety in the cabinet
Very heavy and a bit harsh at times. However, it does have some wonderful flavors and a nice warm aftertaste.
For me a rum should be at least a bit sweet. That's not the case at all with this one. For a price more than Diplomático Reserva Exclusiva or Presidente Marti 15 this was really a bummer. Maybe bourbon or ordinary whisky drinkers will like this.
This is the latest one in my collection yet. It's very tasteful although the taste is strong. For someone who like Pyrat and Don Papa (very flavoured rums) just like me this is something completely different. But I'm getting used to the taste quickly.
I review this about a year after finishing it on holiday. If the XO is available then spend the extra money! This isn't really close and is only verging on being an acceptable sipper. It's by no means bad, but its is very much a reserve rum that will keep you going if nothing better is available.
Black barrel element is surely strong and because of it this really reminds me of a moderate whisky. Someone might like it, but next time I will be in the mood for whisky, I will buy whisky.
This is a medium-dark rum with very nice taste qualities, perhaps a little frustrating as it's not the best for sipping, though it avoids the heavy molasses qualities of many dark rums. I use it as top-off or for creating some mixed rums, and I find it combines well with some light rums like Cruzan Light (I will use it this way in a dry mojito), and to bring up the overall flavor particularly last-minute when you've run out of better rums. It's still a little expensive but I like it much more than the slightly less expensive Mount Gay offerings. Overall I think it's a worthwhile general rum to keep on your bar-shelf even if you don't use it as an everyday rum.
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