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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.
I'm guessing the only reason i've not bought this before is all the "tastes like Bourbon" comments on this rum. not being a Bourbon fan i was skeptical about my purchase.. well i was very pleasantly surprised. Lovely aroma of vanilla , oak , spices and either honey or fruit. Only slightly astringent and that disappeared in moments. Nice to sip , thankfully not much of the Bourbon taste present to spoil my enjoyment !
Mixes very well with a Fever Tree cola also.. Comes with a nice cork and not a cheap screw cap..
Another high quality Barbados rum , only just behind the XO in my opinion... don.t let the "Bourbon" comments put you off !!
If you have a sweet tooth or a delicate palate / weak stomach, you might find this a bit harsh. Whisky drinkers (like me, although I prefer rum) will like this. It's dry, it's oakey, it has some burn and it's relatively high on alchohol-content at 43%. It's the kind of rum that likes to flex its muscles. There is a caramel sweetness hidden in there, but you'll have to look for it. Pleasant though, when you eventually find it.
Rhum vieux (?) de la Barbade vieilli dans des fûts de Bourbon.
Design : bouteille simple mais élégante, le rhum a une belle couleur dorée.
Nez : Agréable, caramel, épices.
En bouche, l'attaque est très douce, dominante de caramel, boisé, puis alcool suivi d'une petite amertume.
Finale : rhum quasi évanescent, reste une note végétale.
On ne sent pas les 43° du rhum.
Ce rhum manque de rondeur et il est trop sucré.
Reste que ce rhum est agréable à boire et il vaut ses 60EC$.
This would be a rum to show whiskey drinkers. Excellent for the price point, good for a sipper that you don't mind accidentally killing with a few friends on a sat night.
But certainly not a "special" occasions rum. Pretty tasty, albeit lacking complexity.
Another winner from Mount Gay. Not quite as good as their XO but doggoned close. Beautiful amber color. Enticing aroma hinting at the molasses. This rum was matured in heavily charred oak casks and the flavor definitely reflects it. The oak tones rapidly overtake the initial sweetness and vanilla as well as a pepperiness. Very smooth even though it's 43% ABV (86 proof) which is just a tad higher than typical rums. In my humble opinion this is best suited as a mixing rum rather than a sipper but if you like bourbon and some whiskies this might be a suitable sipping rum. I feel the oak tannins would make for an excellent counter to sweet fruits in drinks.
Average sweetness and some harshness. Smokey taste, some ripe fruit/banana at the end, some liquorice.
Jolie bouteille, j'ai fait cet achat lors d'une visite dans une cave à Rhum parisienne. Les conseils précieux se révèlent payeurs, un goût sympa, pas très fort avec une petite dominante sur le bourbon liée au vieillissement dans ces anciens fûts à la Barbade.
The color of the rum is dark almost has a whiskey flavor but worth trying.
Nice to have in the cabinet... still for mixed drinks
Nothing special, very dry and leathery. But I guess for what it costs, it is still pretty smooth. I guess I wouldn't kick it out of bed
Oak taste is very good. Not too crazy about it as a sipping rum.
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.
this rum is a good one. 8 out of 10. it isnt as much flavour in this rum than in the mount gay xo, but take a look at the price. thats great and the best neat starting rum of mount gay, i think.
Wood, caramel, charcoal, and some sweetness are all more prevalent here than the eclipse. Good enough to sip, but better as a mixer.
edited to add sugar test results-0g
I tried a shot of Mount Gay Black Barrel at a bar over ice. I need more of this in my life! So far, my favorite rum. It smells like honey, feels good in the mouth, and gives a nice warmth to the throat, but not a burn. I love sipping this with my dessert of a chocolate marquise.
Smells and tastes of honey, oak, bourbon, and spiced.
Drink this on the rocks!
Goutfruité tres prononcé et particulierement de banane. Je l'ai bu sans glace mais aurait ete meilleur avec.
I drank it in a whisky glass so not great. The smell is not great and it smell like a cheap mixing rum. Once you drink it it reacts like a bourbon. long taste but not complex at All. Just the taste of caramel lasting. The Finish is the part I don't like. Very plain. Only the caramel/ honey traste but no complexity
English style rum. Flavors are rather fine but alcohol burn is too strong to be a sipping rum for me. Tasted neat but seems to be more valuable when mixed.
Nice smooth rum, much flavour. Almost like bourbon oak taste. Sweet sugarcane nose
Je serai difficilement objectif. Je l'ai découvert en fumant un Siglo VI et ce fut un sacré bon moment en compagnie d'un bon ami. Il faudrait le réessayer dans un autre contexte. Une sensation de bourbon agréable.
Coming from a person in their early 20's, this is a nice change of pace from Captain Morgan, with a nice price tag as well. One of my go to drinks when I'm at the liquor store
Like someone else wrote, i also felt resemblence with whiskey at first. The taste of char and wood combined with the percentage of alcohol is a bit to sharp in my opinion. Still i like it on the rocks and as a mixer. Lovely smell of oak and chocolate!