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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!
Très bon rhum des Barbades je le recommande sans glace et "on the rock"
So far I've tried Plantation, Lambs, Kraken, Diplomático Reserva Exclusiva Dark Rum and the Mount Gay Eclipse.
This isn't a bad rum and I much prefer it to the Lambs and the Kraken. It's not quite as good as the plantation but at £15.50 a bottle it is a real bargain.
I'm working my way through the rums until I find one I really really like.
This is a good Rum for mixing and not to be sipped. Good for a rum and coke or in a Rum Punch.
I first had this rum back in the early 80's. While not stupendous I find it very approachable. O.K. for sipping but very good for mixing. For an easy cocktail 2 oz. with 6.oz. of Fever Tree on ice. Did not join the Mojito craze until very recently so I have limited experience with it and this brand but as I do not care for white rum find it a nice substitute. Mt. Gay Eclipse is also VG in juice based cocktails. Another simple suggestion is with Mango juice, which is readily available now a days.
Good as a mixing rum in a Cuba Libra, not something I'd appreciate neat.
Don’t let the name fool you, it’s ok mixed or on its own, better than most rums solid choice
Not sharp and not soft, spices are in good balance.
Interesting but not special. Solid value and mixes well but would prefer more depth overall. Beware, sipping can numb your tongue.
Tried neat in glencairn
Mouthfeel- light bodied
Palate- ethanol and molasses
Finish- a little spicy and decent ethanol bite
enjoyed swimming in the leeward side of Barbados waters and drinking mount gay rum punch. balanced spices and versatile, this light dark rum mixes well with fruit juices or coca cola, especially in a beach/showers/restaurant environment that Barbados offers
We mix it. We drink it straight. It goes in with a Diet Coke. What can I say? We are sailors. And sailors drink a lot of Mount gay rum eclipse!
Can't say I've given this rum much of a chance. Just didn't give me what I thought I was going to get. After reading some of the reviews and going over it again I can see why I was wrong. This has a very estery flavor and aroma. My first nosing was highly reminiscent of nail polish remover, but I attributed it to ethanol. After some time rolling it around in my mouth it took on a much different character. This is the fruity funk you look for in Jamaican rum, but without the fullness of flavor and aroma you get from Smith & Cross. Still funky though. Added a splash of white rum to it and those esters cut through that like a hot knife through butter, but brought more than banana to the party. This rum will be an excellent addition to a painkiller or zombie.
very soft and velvety body. Not too sweet like Plantation. This is even sippable on its own like I am doing right now. Very slight boozyness...but nothing unbearable.
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.
Kan er eigenlijk niet echt wat van zeggen, wat op zich al genoeg zegt. Niet vervelend maar maakt geen indruk op alle fronten.
Nice and cheap and love the taste. My casual drinking rum.
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.
Happy to drink this when given the opportunity. Not my usual choice but pleasant nonetheless.
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.
is what the label says for bottles shipped to the Caribbean. and they are right. that's how i drink this rum, and i always have a bottle around. great flavor, not sweet at all. this rum holds it's own in a cocktail and at the same time it can be drank straight IF it's ICE COLD with a twist of lime.
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