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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!
Absolutely the best value for the money available and rum no bar should be without. For me this rides the line between mixer and sipper and needs only ice and fresh squeezed lime juice to make it palatable. Add some Coke for an outstanding Cuba Libre. It's tempting to rate this higher for the sheer value of a zero sugar added Barbados rum but the Black Barrel edges it out for distinction and character. Beats the hell out of Bacardi any day.
I'm not a rum officionado. I'm pretty sure I've tried all the bad ones though.
This is definitely not one of the bad ones. Smooth, not sweet, slightly spicy, very well balanced. Lovely, could drink it all day.
If I was to introduce a non rum drinker to the world of rums this would be where I'd begin.
Sorry to be a downer here, but I could discern no rum taste, only rubbing alcohol smell. I don't know where the complex notes are that reviewers have been talking about. I decided not to put it in the coquito and used my buddy's Captain Morgan instead, which worked fine.
This one reminds me of Havana Club in a feisty alcohol burn aftertaste that will shock you to your senses and summon the courage to put it back down. There could be more flavor, for sure, but it’s not too sweet for an industrial rum, which makes this, at the very least, a fine mixer and decent desert isle companion.
This is great as an affordable rum for mixing. Light, mellow and fruity odour, albeit lacking in depth; the same applies to the flavour profile.
If you're used to drinking Captain Morgan & coke, this is a great entry into the world of real rum. This is one of my staples, but not one for special occasions.
I did like this rum, but it was nothing special. I am really interested in trying the XO, but I had higher hopes for this one still.
It pours a deep gold in colour. Aroma is sweet with hints of brown sugar, maybe. Flavour has hints of brown sugar and stone fruits. It's a little thin on the mouthfeel and is just about smooth enough to drink neat. I much prefer this with cola and I think it is has a unique flavour, making it one of the best mixing rums.
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