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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.
Tasty, but not quite great
I'm guessing the only reason i've not bought this before is all the "tastes like Bourbon" comments on this rum. not being a Bourbon fan i was skeptical about my purchase.. well i was very pleasantly surprised. Lovely aroma of vanilla , oak , spices and either honey or fruit. Only slightly astringent and that disappeared in moments. Nice to sip , thankfully not much of the Bourbon taste present to spoil my enjoyment !
Mixes very well with a Fever Tree cola also.. Comes with a nice cork and not a cheap screw cap..
Another high quality Barbados rum , only just behind the XO in my opinion... don.t let the "Bourbon" comments put you off !!
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.
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.
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.
I’ve been a rum junkie for over 14 years. The Black Barrel is pretty much what I’ve been looking for. It has just the right amount of sweetness and wood. It’s been ages in ex bourbon barrels but not to the point where it taste like bourbon. Truly a great sipper. To top it all off it’s reasonably priced and easy to find.
"Sipped the Black Barrel certainly gives some of the oaky notes of a bourbon but also makes the mouth water."
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