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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!
Better than a lot by it self but locally it can be had in large plastic bottles which makes it top notch for boat drinks!
A very good rum at the price level. A little harsh on its own, however when mixed it is smooth but still interesting. Think banana bread. a little sweetness but not too sweet. Easy to drink and as entry level Mount Gay it sets a standard.
There’s nothing wrong with this rum but there is nothing to write home about or get excited. It’s just the same old standard cheap gold rum.
Maybe Better for à mixer
Eclipse is not so great and not tastefull rum but it cheap and have amazing yellow color like liquid sunlight!
Poured neat, it has a bit of a nutty aroma with a hint of orange peel. It has a clean taste with just a little burn in the back of the throat, and it leaves behind a bit of the oakiness that makes you want to go back for more. It tastes a bit young, I would love to try an aged version of this rum, but it would be good in a punch.
After so many years of searching for a tasty mixer that is cheap and never does a number on your system, Mount Gay Eclipse wins hands down. I only wish that it were as widely available back then as it is now, since it could have saved me lots of Bacardi hangovers in the seventies. This one is even okay on the rocks, but never neat. However, thanks to my bad experience with their XO at more than double the price, I probably won't buy any more from Mount Gay.
This rum is great for mixing either but equally agreeable over ice. A lovely golden colour, this rum has hints of spice with a gentle warmth.
It's a bit rough and best used with a mixer. Bog standard "rum and coke" type of rum. Gets a 6.5 with this; neat I'd give it 4. Put Pepsi in it. Put something in it.
Velmi suchá, ale jemná chuť. Trochu kořeněná a ve střední části trochu štiplavá.
To alcohol forward for me... Not a sipper...prefer Gosling for the price point.
Picked up a bottle of this at the Mount Gay site during a visit in the early 90's IIRC - sat unopened in my cupboard until maybe a year ago before I finally tried it. Seemed ok, less burn than I expected, less body also, but still pleasant enough to sip though better suited to cocktails - to be fair I would like to grab a new bottle to compare against as I cannot really vouch for the storage over the years.
I was surprised by the taste. It is not that great compared to Mount gay Black Barrel. Would recommend it in rumcocktails
This has to be the most flexible of all the rums from this famous distillery. It’s perfectly acceptable neat, with a ice cube or water, it also makes a great rum and coke. Smooth, very little burn with a lasting warmth in the throat.
Uncomplicated and so easy to enjoy.
A Mt Gay staple that you can share with anyone.
If I had to pick a go-to for rum and coke, it would be this. Easy to find almost anywhere and a good price. It's the standard others are measured against.
I’m usually like to sip rum and am a fan of a more flavoursome brew. This is kinda of what I expected from an English style rum, alcohol aroma with a punch in taste. But surprisingly there was some hints of vanilla on the finish and the burn went away the more I had. If sipping I would suggest on the rocks.
Would defiantly suggest as a mixing rum if looking for something cheap and decent.
Anything from Mount Gay is going to be good. This is a great starting point for people who are unfamiliar with quality rums and are looking for a good place to start.
The first time I had this rum was in Barbados on a snorkeling trip and find it quite good, so I bought a bottle. As a sipping rum goes, it ain't complex and young. On top banana and some oak. Warm body, crisp salty banana, caramel, light vainilla and some sweetness. Pleasent warm, sweet, subtle oak with light molasses finish. It serves better as a mixer and I love it in mojitos.
It is very nice standard, I would say that Mount Gay Eclipse is something you must try at least once, it may offer you another point of view on the young rums.
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Great value rum.
Not the best Bajan rum but good.
Served best with ginger ale.
The word mellow comes to mind, a hint of oak and the distinct presence of the molasses origins. I find it good enough to drink neat when some of my other favourites have evaporated in my rum cabinet. Probably best served with coke and lime. Mount Gay Extra old is a much better sipper's choice.
Decent drinking rum. Not the best in the line, but still has a great caramel smooth taste that goes down well.
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Use it on people who don't appreciate rum and in cocktails.
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