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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.
What can I say, Eclipse is the go-to general rum for a quick rum and cola drink, mixing cocktails for the ladies, or just relaxing on the deck with some ice and soda. I don't generally sip it as it does not have the deep flavors or other rums, but for this range, we keep it stocked regularly.
This rum is an under-achiever. It's only mediocre, with no remarkable qualities to speak of. Regardless of what it costs where you live, you can find something better for the same price. There is nothing offensive about it, unless you're offended by blandness.
Despite the name which I know puts a lot of people off this rum, I finally decided to give it a try. Glad I did. Not overly expensive, nice & light, goes down easy, not a sipper but mixes well. Worth trying if you haven't before.
Note: the bottle is oval like the others now, not round.
When you go to the store and you have on offer the £20 rums, wins every time. Perfect for mixing, probably not for sipping. But good, solid and dependable at that price point.
Goûté récemment lors d'une petite dégustation entre amis, nous étions accordés pour dire que ce rhum est à mélanger..
Au nez, il est assez sec et épicé. En bouche, c'est l'alcool qui prédomine.
A tester donc mais surtout en cocktails, Cuba Libre par exemple..
If you just want rum here you go.
Its a great mixer for a low price and my personal favorite to do some home made spicing. Even on the rocks its not bad and it dose not have that strong ethanol taste that you get with more budget rums but I wouldn't call this budget at all.
So if you're strapped for cash and need some love, she will always be on that bar shelf waiting.
Feel happy if u live in a country, where they sell this in the Bacardy price area, coz it is much better. It can even be a sipper, if the standard is not that high (Parties, after the 10th beer, generally after 4 a.m.)
Eclipse has been the defacto mixer for regatta's since well before I could drink. I used to think it was the bee's knees, but now...I see it for what it really is. It's a decent mixer and sadly not really something you can drink on the rocks or neat
One of the better cheap rums. Wouldn't buy this one again but it is good enough to make me want to try one of the higher end Mount Gay rums.
This is not anything special. I would not turn away a free drink handed to me, but if I was buying - I would pick something else. Not bad by any means, but not quite great.
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.
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.
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