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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.
Bottled at 43% which is always a good thing for rum. Candy cola on the nose and palette. It opens up to a bit of lemon grass and smoke. The body is on the thin side which helps keep things bright. Finish is lingering and somewhat sweet but not a sugar bomb by any means.
Can’t go wrong with the Black Barrel in your tiki drinks either. I prefer this over the Black Seal or Plantation rums for mixing.
So it’s a sipper and a mixer at a great price!! That makes this a bit of a genius offering from one of the great rum brands out there. Solid
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.
Really enjoyed this rum, very decent for the price and always enjoy a nice glass, floral aroma and taste is woody with notes of sugar and burnt sugar
Excluding the Mount Gay XO, this is my favorite of their products. Not overly sweet, but has that molasses/vanilla/caramel finish that stick with you. Has that deep pot-still boldness to it without being harsh. Has a fair amount of oak to it, but not overpowered. Overall, a solid choice without breaking the bank.
Rhum traditionnel de la Barbade, le rhum Mount Gay Black Barrel est le fruit d'un savoureux assemblage de rhums distillés dans des alambics à repasse et de rhums âgés distillés dans un alambic à colonne.
Les black barrels sont les fûts de bourbon en chêne, brûlés, dans lesquels le rhum a terminé sa maturation. Ce procédé permet de faire ressortir des notes d'épices boisées.
Nez: notes d'épices, de bois grillé, et de fruits exotiques.
Bouche: belles notes d'épices boisées, on sent également d'agréables notes de vanille et de caramel bien équilibrées.
Finale: équilibrée et assez puissante.
Pretty good for the price, is worthit.
On the nose feels like a good Bourbon, delicate and fruity aroma, some vanilla.
Tasting is a little bit alcoholic but not overpowering, some vanilla and caramel. Add a touch of water and this is where it really shines, bringing some banana flavor. This a new favorite for me, looking forward for other Mount Gay expressions to compare with this one.
A vanilla forward Bajan style rum, that finishes with notes of caramel and sweet tobacco. For a Bajan, it's a little too bitter, immature, and one note to be enjoyable on the rocks. For a similar price, you might as well drink Doorly's XO or RL Seales 10yr, both of which have more character you'd expect from Barbados. Not a bad mixer in a pinch, did fairly well in both Coke and Boston Rum Punch.
Another great rum from the oldest and best producer in the rum world. A charcoaled caramel smoothie, bold but gentle delivery. Very nice straight or with ginger, just not quite an XO.
If you like spicy natural rum, this one is for you.
It tastes more spicy than the xo, but it has similar aromas and more banana smell.
It's better than the Eclipse, eclipse is too young and too harsh.
Smell: caramel, ripe banana, peach, vanilla, dry fruits, citrus
Taste: caramel, peach, vanilla, oak, spice
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.
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!
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.
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.
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