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Mount Gay Eclipse rum is produced from molasses that is double distilled and aged up to 2 years in white Kentucky oak ex bourbon barrels.
Mount Gay is the oldest existing rum brand in the world, with it's oldest surviving deed being from 1703. The company developed the use of traditional double copper pot stills, a process that has been in continuous use by Mount Gay ever since its founding. The company's namesake Sir John Gay Alleyne was a good friend of John Sober who purchased the then Mount Gilboa distilleries in 1747.
Tasty, but not quite great
The alcohol taste is quite strong at the beginning but after that I find it actually quite enjoyable. The aroma is solid in terms of the tropical notes. It is a solid light aged rum decent for straight if you can take it, or blended in as cocktails.
Limited rum options out here in the sticks, but saw Tesco will deliver this for £17.50. Wanted a couple of options to have ready for catching up around the campfire as the summer rolls on.
Smell is mild, faintly of glue. Brown sugar.
Taste is subtle. Much less fiery than I expected, considering it's only had 2 years in the barrel. Again brown sugar and glue, with the finish emphasis on the sugar, with a bit of the fiery burn.
Happily palatable, if a little bland. I'll be happy to pass round the fire, though for a few pounds more, Havana Club 7 is a more likely repeat purchase for those occasions.
For me, this is a really solid rum. Maybe not the most exclusive option, but very affordable and an excellent inclusion to a cocktail. Holds a special place in my heart as a rum I first encountered and drank on the beaches of Barbados.
Drinking this neat is underwhelming. The nose is more like whiskey than rum and it tastes a little thin, or lacking some of the robustness that the XO has.
It evolves into a pleasant sweetness with very little burn and a honey aftertaste. This would shine in cocktails where a light rum would normally be used.
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