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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.
This is a great rum for mixing. However, I typically drink rum neat. So here is my description. It has a mild alcohol scent. Drinking it I notice at first a strong punch of alcohol, but it only lingers a few seconds from the finish. After the first few sips I barely notice the alcohol, and continue to enjoy the rum. At the finish I taste a light vanilla hint. The viscosity is light-bodied and thin. It has a golden-saffron color. Overall, smooth and enjoyable for the price. Usually the best choice at poorly stocked bars. Not the best rum, but certainly not the worst!
My overall impression is that in the glass I am presented with a yellow or old gold coloring which strikes against the light very well. A lighter bodied alcohol when swirled and with my inexperienced sences I catch brown sugar, caramel and almost toffee like aromas. There maybe some citrus there, perhaps orange? I found the palate quite difficult to define and it took a couple of tasting sessions to revisit what I was getting. I am satisfied with spiciness, citrus with vanilla and dominant caramel in places. There is a sharpness which I muted with a cube of ice and seemed to enjoy more. With this edge to the rum I mixed with cola and the nuttiness of the cola nut and sweet caramel seemed to enhance the flavours nicely.
Overall, I think this is a complex rum where developed tasters will enjoy more, whereas your less develop palates (like myself) will become baffled and find it easier to select a rum with more obvious characteristics.
Sitting on the shelves for $50NZD is not entirely offensive. This rum was fun trying to figure out. Worth a look.
its a ok rum for mixing and to drink with a coke..
Used to be my staple rum along with the Appletons V/X , great mixer and pretty good value for money. Too harsh for my palette to drink neat , but very good with both cola and ginger beer.
Love the colour and the price but not smooth enough for me.
Ok for mixing but nothing else. I wouldnt buy this rum again though.
As far as standard mixing rums go this has to be up there with the best. It’s not too bad as a sipper either.
este ron es uno de los mejores en relacion precio vs calidad, bien destilado y sin sabores alcoholados
Makes for a decent mixer with cola but I do not find it smooth enough to drink straight.
It is smoother then a lot of rums at that price point, but what it makes up for in smoothness it lacks in flavour
I'm highly impressed with this. I was expecting this to be more of an OK mixing rum, looking at the price (under $20). But, WOW! I'll keep my Kraken for mixing, but this is definitely one I will be sipping.
Guter Rum zum Mixen. Cuba Libre Deluxe. Kann ich nur weiterempfehlen
The best value on an average supermarket shelf. I enjoy straight up but with a mixer sets a very high bar. Great to keep in the cabinet!
This was the rum that got me drinking darker rum. Not the best but a good mixing rum and can be used on the rocks when not being picky. Good mixer with a lot of sugar.
My go to mixer. Great with coca cola, ginger ale sprite and the like. Mixes well with practically anything. I've tried many rums over the years, but Mount Gay Eclipse is always what I return to for a great mixer.
edited to add sugar test results- 0g
A smooth gold mixing rum, my standard for rum and coke.
Thia is not a premium rum to sip on. It is however a great rum to mix with gingerbeer or pepsi.
It is not a complex rum but if your having a party and your mixing your spirts with a chaser this is a good one for the job.
Bought a bottle as I had read some good reviews. Works good as a mixer (I used Mexican Coca Cola with cane sugar) but not a good sipper. Straight it had a medicine aftertaste.
a very easy to drink rum, smooth flavour,nice with ice or coke and a slice of lime.
This is the one that started me off. I used to work in a bottle shop and take 2 or 3 bottles of this home a week. But now, I find it overly commercial and insipid. Best used for mixing. Probably should be a 4 but as it led to the wonderful world of rums, maybe a 4!
rhum plutôt dédié cocktail, passe-partout, note épicée
A smooth rum for mixing. Good with cola, flavored sparkling water, rum collins or a rum old fashioned. Flavor is on the light side and not distinctive.
This is a nice rum for mixed drinks. Adds its own flavour to drinks. Not really good enough to drink on its own, but still has a great taste.
Un tres bon rhum, relativement passe partout, mais au note vanille et de cannele agreable en cocktail !
Better than Bacardi or the captain but has nothing special
Nose: Not much
Feel: Syrupy. Little burn. Light
Taste: Sugar, Honey
Presentation: They have changed the bottle (in Canada at least) to the much nicer oval bottle you can see on the other products here on RR.
I could sit this, but prefer the MG:XO (or 1703) too much if I want to sip Bajan rum. This ends up in the mixed drinks which I don't want to waste anything nicer, but still want a solid rum.
Very clean taste, if a little forgettable.
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