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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 nice dry rum, Barbados is the homeland of rum. Will buy again.
As a Sailor, I am partial to Mount Gay. For me it is a drink that should reside in every bar and rum owners bar.
Is it the best rum. No not by far! But for me it is a "standard", something by which you can judge and rate other rums by.
At first your nose will pick up a soft floral bouquet, then hit by spices. I find the taste rather smooth to start with then eclipsed by spice and flavor.
Nothing too crazy or special, just a good basic simple rum.
For $20, you'd be hard pressed to find a better rum. Very smoothe! A tad on the sweet side with very prevalent molasses/burnt sugar notes, but not too sweet. I really enjoy this one.
But by that all is said, it was not bad at all, but also not great. A true avarage rum.
Exactly what I look for in a great rum to mix. I don't generally drink rum straight so this really works for me. Good rum nose, with hints of vanilla but can seem harsh by itself. Makes a great monitor or rum punch...
Used to be my my go-to rum. Almost always mixed. A good value rum that drinks smoothly with minimal harsh ethanol aroma. Not too much character, either, but doesn't let you down. Nice and dry, and having no additives is a huge plus.
I have been searching for rum with a traditional flavour that goes back to the beginnings. This may be the oldest known brand and the flavour is smooth and right down the middle as sweetness vs edginess goes. This makes sense as some suggest Eclipse is the benchmark by which rums are compared.
To have such a history it seems a bit plain and may have a bit too much influence from the bourbon barrels it is aged in. Good tasting straight with a nice finish a little heat and a nice aftertaste.
Light body, good taste both warm and chilled. Not a bad option for under $20.
I generally drink it over ice with a splash of water, but a good choice for mixed drinks too. One of the best in it's price range and worth the few dollars more than some lesser runs.
As the title would suggest this is my baseline for all rums. This was the first rum I found when I switched from drinking spiced rum to non-spiced. It has what I feel are subtle notes and nothing extravagant jumps out at you. I would recommend this rum to anyone who is new to rum drinking and should be a staple in anyone's liquor cabinet.
dry rum. molasses.
this drop isnt the best to drink neat. you can, but you don´t have to.
typical barbados in the basics, but way too hard. better mix this with coke or juice.
then it´s great!
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Hardly any flavor outside of a hefty oaky taste. More comparable to crown royal or some other variety of smooth rye/rye-whiskey. At best it's drinkable strictly because of how smooth it goes down.
Great taste, perfect on its own or with Coke. Good price too.
For me is this the perfect Rum to mix Cocktails :-)
8/10 as a mixology rum
4/10 as a straight rum
Very unpleasant in nose, taste kind of synthetic. Yet works so well in drinks, never understood that.
Had it with a coke, wasn't harsh, but flowed with the coke quite well.
Light body and color. A bit harsh and hot. An okay mixer but nothing special as a sipper.
Para beberlo solo es un poco justo epro muy bueno para combinados.
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Flask-shaped, very utilitarian bottle which facilitates easy pouring and features a simple and attractive label design. Dating from 1703, Mount Gay is the oldest brand of rum in the world.
Very light yellow-brown in color, similar to a cider. Thick legs are produced upon swirling.
There is a strong astringency here which doesn’t bode well for a sipping rum. Underlying this is a thin current of brown sugar and oak.
After a moment of alcohol sting, a smoky oak flavor prevails, which effectively masks the slight brown sugar sweetness.
Much smoother than one would expect given the harsh nose and simple flavor profile. There is a bit of pepper and oak going down, along with more smokiness, but the burn is almost non-existent.
Again, smoke and oak is what returns here. Not complex by any stretch, but consistent for sure.
Not what I would recommend as a sipper, barring access to a better quality rum. However, if this is all you have on hand, then it will work in a pinch. This is far cry from bad, but it would likely work much more effectively as a mixer in a simple cocktail.
I find this to be an all around solid rum. Golden in color, it's citrusy/orange notes are the heavy hitters. Some heat in the throat but smoothes out and leaves a nice aftertaste. I mix, mainly for cuba libres, but it passes as a sipper.
It's OK and that's about it. Certainly passable as a sipper. As a mixer it's OK also. Gave it a 6 because you can't give a 6.5 and it's not deserving of a seven. As others have said it's just a good basic rum. Certainly an excellent choice as an intro for new rum drinkers instead of Bacardi or Captain Morgan
It is not a rum to drink straight up but suitable for mix (Cuba libre for me) and its nice spices notes with its fair price make it a nice improvement to the usual supermarket rum we often use for cocktails
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