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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.
...from Barbados. I had it as a pure sipper, but could imagine it as a good mixing rum as well.
Not smooth enough for me. It reminds me more of whiskey, than rum.
Leicht süss, ein wenig Barrique und recht rauchig mit leicht alkoholischem Geschmack. Zumixen top, pur Geschmacksache. Preis-Leistung sehr empfehlenswert!
Nice and easy. Great value for your money! You won't offend anyone with this old classic (;
MT Gay some excellent rum. This one is a good mixer.
A good rum for sipping or mixing. Pretty well balanced and very enjoyable. I would happily buy this rum again.
My go to rum is mount gay, been to Barbados and visited the distillery. Great taste and love the opportunity to try the black barrel.
I'm a long-time bourbon drinker who is expanding his range into rum and this is my second selection, purchased today in my home state of Vermont. Delightful sweetness and can taste the char from the bourbon barrel. I'm a fan already!
Considdering this was easily availible in my local supermarket it did not fill me with confidence. My previous experience with Mount Gay was Eclipse, very sweet and too much vanilla for my liking.
After reading some reviews on here, looking for something less sweet, something with less vanilla flavour, a little darker, but still well within the "Carribean Gold" taste genre and within an acceptable mixing budget I thing I struck Black Barrel Gold!
My intention with this is to mix with ginger ale on a 50/50 to 30/70 mix, a few drops of bitters and yup. It ticks that box firmly.
Don't get me wrong. It can easily be enjoye on the rocks and the subtle tastes of caramel and oak are the first to come out.
There is another, more expensive, offering from another brand that brings more to the table for my mixing, but is no good for sipping so looses out on that.
Value, check (£20 to £25 at my local UK supermarket!)
I might keep a good few of these in stock.
A lot of smoke and a lot of "rummy goodness". It almost tastes like El Dorado 12 but without any added sugar.
This is one of those rums that I wanted to add to my list. Will I buy it again? Yes!
Nice light pour but a lot of alcohol on the nose.
The mouth feel is OK but thin.
There is a medium alcohol burn followed by very limited flavour.
It can be sipped, however I am more inclined to use it as a mixer.
The limited flavoring is then overshadowed by the mix so it becomes a base rum or alcohol source.
There are numerous good base rums out there for less money.
The bourbon flavours in this are just too overpowering for me to even call it a rum, really. It's definitely not bad although a little expensive for what it is - best enjoyed on the rocks or with ginger ale or similar, it's definitely not a sipper.
Don't drink neat. Ever. Put it with coke if you happen across a bottle of this.
I found it had a easy taste and was reasonably priced.
Released in the UK in 2014, the Mount Gay Black Barrel rum is made from single column and double pot distilled rum, though using a higher proportion of double pot distillates than their other expressions. It is also finished in heavily charred bourbon barrels before being bottled.
Nose: Richly warming notes of plump sultanas, cracked black pepper and creamy vanilla from the bourbon barrel finish.
Palate: Toasty. Deeply spicy, with plenty of cinnamon. A hint of liquorice and more vanilla.
Finish: A long, balanced finish, drifting between sweet and spice.
Overall: A fab step up from the standard Mount Gay rum.
When I’m going to have 2-3 rums in a night I’ll start with something like a Brugal and then switch to Mount Gay to finish. Decent house rum.
No está mal, pero es para mi gusto muy fuerte y raspa mucho. Sin embargo, de buen sabor a madera y cuero. Por todo lo que había escuchado, pensaba que sería mejor.
Manipulations with barrels hid 43%ABV and added significant sweetness, oiliness, astringency and cherries~beries. It seems surprisingly self-contained, but the impurities in alcohol can ruin your morning. ........ Аромат слабый, не вызывает эмоций. Зато вкус сладкий, терпкий, с умеренным жжением производит ощущение самодостаточности и не требует закуски или разбавления. Желание продолжать упирается в нагрузку на голову - ведь 43% заретушированы маслянистостью, дубильными веществами и мнимой сладостью прокопчёной бочки. Наутро несколько непростое самочувствие.
It pours light brown in colour. Aroma and flavour have hints of brown sugar, though the bourbon barrel ageing has certainly imparted a good flavour. I can drink it neat, though it isn't as smooth as I would like for my palate. Good with cola or Kinnie Zest.
Smooth caramel with just a touch of burn. Smooth and very drinkable.
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.
If your looking for bite it’s not really here even with its slightly above average 43% abv. What you do have is something that makes your mouth water, in a good way. I don’t really smell/taste the spiciness that others mentioned but this is all rum.
Just came back to make a quick edit to say I now understand the references to bourbon in other reviews here.
I have only sipped this neat or with an ice cube, I am reluctant to mix it.