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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.
In the bajan range, this leans a bit towards the potent end of the scale. It's by no means overpowering but have some character. The nose is nice with cherries, dark chocolate.and perhaps a splash of saltwater? On the tongue I pick up notes of molasses, peppery spices, toast and peach. The finish is slightly dry, deep and dark, but stays fairly refined. Good rum and decent value.
Could this be the best bang for your buck? For nearly half the price it offers no less from the XO qualities and even adds a little on top of that. It's lacking those lovely floral tones of XO, but it also lacks that sometimes unpleasant alcohol bite. Even people who aren't very fond of the XO really likes this rum, and I can imagine drinking this and only this whole night. This is truly good all-purpose rum.
Mt. Gay makes some of my favourite rums but, this isn't one of them. It is overpowered by a bourbon flavour that I can't ignore. If I want bourbon I'll go get it. I don't mind it in rum when it is subtle but, this is very similar in taste to some bourbons I drink. Smooth drinking and taste is good but, not for a rum.
This is all preference anyway but, the Eclipse red cap is my go to mixer and I feel it's a more rounded rum.
Smells and tastes of honey, oak, bourbon, and spice. The taste has a strong alcohol bite to it; perhaps a little too strong at 43%abv, so I'll recommend this on the rocks (I like stronger drinks only when they are super premium). Still, a good above average rum.
Seriously, don't take the wealthy's advice about a lot of things but least of all rum. This has a clear market audience who rates their rums off the bottle and not what's inside. This is almost on par with Bacardi in terms of insulting flavor.
Good sipping rum, pretty dry with a little bit of a burn.
Excellent blend (of both matured double pot distillates and aged column distillates)) with good proof. It have nice peppery taste and deep oak finish - everything I need!
Strange, but enjoyable balance between sweetness and dryness. Pretty smooth. Short aftertaste.
Spend extra 5 bucks on XO to get 4 more points.
Really enjoyed this. I prefer this rum with 2 or 3 small ice cubes and a couple luxordo cherries. I also like to “air it out” a bit before sipping. Very gentle alcohol burn, vanilla and spice on the nose. Oak and pepper. Great option.
I'm not keen on oaky flavours, I won't drink wine like that, but this is just delicious.
A lot of flavors.... very oaky!!
Alcohol taste is present, but, if you wait a 5 or 10 minutes, it´s get better.
A cheap alternative to Mount Gay XO.
I like the rum. Ig has a strong taste but nice to drink! A very nice price for this quality!
yeah thats was good, oak, tabaco, karmel, mango, and a bit of sherry finish, thats good for nonsweeters player, siping
Classic notes of oak, not too sweet.
Taste is reminiscent of honey and almonds, but very understated. A slight bite, but not harsh. Excellent for sipping.
It smells much better than taste on first glance. Smell of vanilla, molasses, bourbon and other. Rich enough and taste good. Slightly strong
Great rum for the price
Lots of flavours and aromas
So I got this rum after some reading of reviews and - I was disappointed. This rum is not particularly interesting. The taste is more or less bland. You could like this if you like for instance whiskey, but not really rum. It's nice, don't get me wrong, but too plain for my taste. There are certainly better options in this price range.
Nice for sipping and a nice after taste one of my favorite in my collection
Похож больше на виски, чем на ром. Резкий, но после первой пьётся хорошо. Вкус ярко выраженный, необычный, не совсем ромовый, не сладкий, но приятный.
Tastes more like whiskey than like rum. Harsh at first but gets smoother while sipping. Taste is rich and unusual, not sweet and rum-like to me but still nice.
I did find this one to be medicinal, but not in a distracting way like some mixing rums. This one is definitely a sipper, although I wouldn't be against making cocktails with it, for sure. It does have a sweetness that balances the medicinal quality quite nicely. Over-all I recommend it, at the very least as a good, high-quality mixer for your private bar.
Cant go wrong with this one.
Good quality rum fun Barbados 🇧🇧
If in doubt go to Mount Gay - always a reliable drinking rum
This is really nice stuff for this money actually. I buy this one about ~30 euros. The Mount Gay Black Barrel rum is made from single column and double pot distilled rum, like most of all rums coming from Mount Gay distillery. It is also finished in heavily charred bourbon barrels before being bottled, - I suppose that’s the reason why it calls ‘black barrel’.
If you compare this ‘black barrel’ with MG XO - you will find more spiciness, more honey but it is less richness. But don’t forget that Mount Gay XO it’s also more expensive rum ~50 euros per bottle. Almost twice price.
The color is medium dark (5/10 to darkest), with long legs.
On nose: it’s very fruity. Much Honey, Banana, vanilla.
Palate: little spicy first, sweet, and smooth enough. Notes of oak. But a weak aftertaste. Spiciness will stay in your mouth some time...
This rum is absolutely good, high quality Barbados Rum. But it’s not premium class Rum. Just be attentive for what reason you buy it. But it deserves for sure to spend 30 euros for it.