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Mount Gay Black Barrel rum

Mount Gay Black Barrel

Barbados | Dark

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.

6.7/10 (351 ratings)
Tasty, but not quite great


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Posted over 1 year ago by Harry from South Africa with 40 ratings

Packaged in an awesome bottle hiding away the flavours and smells of Barbados' sunshine!


Posted 4 months ago by ezioaudit from Greece with 26 ratings

Not quite good for me nothing special very woody and some spices.the alcohol is shown and seems that is quite young


Posted 4 months ago by Brian from Australia with 21 ratings

I found this rum on special at the local bottle shop so I decided to buy it. Glad i did!
I found it quite smooth, nice for sipping neat.


Posted 4 months ago by Andero from Estonia with 95 ratings

Had a bottle as a gift from Barbados. Classic Barbados aromas - vanilla, burnt sugar, cinnamon - very round and smooth. Taste is much like regular MG, but has more wood, burn and kick in body. As the bottle was mostly consumed at a party and straight, can’t really say anything bad about this rum. Definitely a better option than the Plantation signature blends that smell and taste like candy. But is not that much better than the regular MGs. So place your hopes accordingly. A true 7.

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Posted 3 years ago by Jagsroy (PREMIUM) from Canada with 161 ratings

I hesitated before buying a bottle of Mount Gay Black Barrel as the Mount Gay XO is only $6 CAD more and it is my favorite rum. No regrets, the Black Barrel while not as good as the XO is also a fantastic rum. I really enjoy the overall taste but would prefer it less spicy. Nevertheless a truly fantastic rum.


Posted at The Rum Bar KL over 3 years ago by Andy Tee from Malaysia with 148 ratings

N- Prelude with salt filled sea breeze follow by heavy dose of wood extract, lightly burn maple syrup and leather polish that gives it a rather bold and direct character. (20/25)

P- Burnt coal, buttery vanilla and whiff of smokes, some ripe tropical fruits and raisins but vastly masked by the beefy phenolic profile, which is nice for a change. Dash of plain sugar lurking but acceptable as it is not as sweet. (20/25)

F- Medium length, oak driven, clean and dry. Layer of raw woody oiliness that either one will like or hate it, a touch of toasted salt bitterness on the exit as expected. (19/25)

Balanced:- Love the breeze of salts. May not be finely balance, but is great to have tasted the usual prominent sweetness being bullied by the masculine oak on this dram. Hoped to see they come up with deeply charred sherry cask finishes soon. A wee thin, lack body. (18/25)

Weighted Rate:- 77pt


Posted at The Rum Bar KL over 3 years ago by Terence from Malaysia with 56 ratings

It burns if you over sniff on it but there are pack with aroma. Candy floss, caramel, fruits cake with raisins, spices such as cinnamon and vanilla and bitterness of dark chocolate.
Light with woody and caramel flavor. Charred bourbon flavor which stands out a lot compare with most rum, banana peel and dry German apple schnapps (apfelbrand). Peppery burning sensation which I enjoyed but not so sure for others.
Tropical fruits on the finishing. Minty flavor. Dry tannin mouth feel and tickling on the throat.


Posted over 3 years ago by Phil from United Kingdom with 12 ratings

I liked this one. A little bit harsh at first but it has good flavours. In my opinion it's better than mount Gay XO. I could sip this but I do like to mix it.


Posted over 3 years ago by Grendelite from United States with 13 ratings

This is a great straightforward sipping rum, even my non-rum drinker friends love this stuff. For the mixologists out there I find it does amazingly well with a quality coffee liqueur and creamer for a Rum Russian.


Posted over 3 years ago by Daniel from Australia with 1 rating

Great drop, smoother than the eclipse, worth the extra money.


Posted over 3 years ago by CatO9Tails from United States with 2 ratings

I'm not saying this is the best rum money can buy...but for the price and wide-spread distribution in my neck of the woods, I think it makes a pretty strong case for itself. This rum has a fairly bourbon-y flavor, and since bourbon is my other favorite spirit, that probably explains its appeal to my palate. Oakey, a little sweet, with a touch of syrup and strong banana notes. This one works well either straight-up or cut with a cube of ice, if you want to make it a bit less sweet and more refreshing.