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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 held off for months in buying a bottle of this rum because I cannot stand the taste of charred oak in my rums. Somehow, the charred oak adds something interesting to what would be another boring MG rum, while still leaving the charred taste deep into the background. With no sugar added as per Barbados law, it first seemed like a worthy addition to my collection. However, only one merchant stocks this one in my area and he has way too many bottles on hand, so $27 seemed like a good price.
After only a few hours, my first impressions have already worn off. There are better tasting and cheaper Bajan rums than this one. So what I now have is a rather expensive mixer that only works with cola. I had my doubts before I bought it, but I just had to take the risk. It's my own fault.
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!
on first taste I almost thought I was sipping a smokey whiskey...agree with the bourbon comparisons...too good for anything but sipping
definitely a rum to change up the pace a bit. I get the bourbon conparisons and agree but also felt it had a nice flavour and played well with others in cocktails that called for Barbados rum.
I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this. Dark, rich with great run attributes. A very good subtle sweetness.
This is a nice mixer. In the mouth when you try it neat it is is smoky, woody with citrus hints.
Mixed with cokeir gingebeer and you're onto a winner and the notes of the rum will compliment it well.
In reading some of the other reviews, I would have to agree that it does have a bit of an oakiness. A fairly clean rum but not a lot of body as compared to others.
Drinkable but XO is better value. Can drink straight up or mix.
This isn't a bad rum, but I just expected more. I didn't find any mention of aging years on the bottle or web, so, it may be produced much quicker then most anejo rums. I thought that the body would be fuller and have a much longer finish, two things that are important to me. Buy the Mount Gay Extra Old, it's worth the money. Now, maybe if they aged this as long...?
If you prefer bourbon to rum you'll like Mount Gay Black Barrel 1703. Has strong oak hints but lacks smoothness and complexity. A bit of a burn on the finish. Not a sipper - better as a mixer. Drinkable and not bad - well done but more of a bourbon than a great rum.
I bought this rum on the recommendation of a liquor store employee and I was actually quite disappointment.
The taste is quite sharp, a bit woody, and not smooth enough to thoroughly enjoy straight. I don't see enough value to excuse paying a third more for this over your traditional mixing rums.
Not quite a sipping rum. A solid every day rum. The woody char flavor is actually pretty enjoyable once you take the edge off with just a splash of cola
Agreed with the unfinished comment, think I prefer the standard Mount Gay for mixing drinks. I wouldn't sip this one, the woody flavors thinly mask the undeveloped alcohol taste.
Good sipping rum. Not going to change your life and not a patch on a decent malt whiskey but worth drinking.
An excellent gold with a taste of char on the back end. A little on the sharp side, but not overly so look to Zacapa for a little more refinement, but keep this handy when you're looking not to spend quite as much.
I'd rate this 7.5 if I could. This is a good choice for fans of Mount Gay rum who want something more flavorful and complex than Eclipse Gold. I've also recommended this to friends who like Bourbon and want to explore rum as it's one of the most whiskey-like rums I've tasted. This is a little harsh "neat" or "straight up" so I enjoy this on the rocks with just a little water. It has a great flavor with character and depth. It's a good choice for rum variations of cocktails like the Old Fashioned or a Manhattan.
A sharp taste of alcohol but a long after taste of oak.
A solid choice for a affordable sipper with a nice finish.
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Good mixing rum that can make due as a sipper in a pinch.