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Mount Gay Extra Old (often written "OX") is a blend of rums aged between 8 and 15 years in American bourbon barrels.
Mount Gay Distilleries is the oldest operating distillery in the Americas - producing rum in Barbados since 1703. It's original name was Mount Gilboa, and in 1801 renamed Mount Gay after the distillery's manager Sir John Gay Alleyne.
In Italian and English.
È un rum industriale, blend di diversi rum invecchiati da sette a quindici anni.
Rum discreto, con un buon rapporto qualità prezzo, ed è superiore a molti altri rum anche più costosi.
All'olfatto: note dolci di vaniglia, caramello, tabacco, con leggeri cenni di chiodi di garofano.
Presente anche una media nota alcolica.
Al gusto: ritornano in bocca le note dolci avvertite nell'olfatto, ma bilanciate da una giusta nota amarognola che non lo rende stucchevole.
Anche la nota alcolica non disturba, il finale è medio e la bocca resta asciutta.
Consiglio per tutti: quando annusate un rum (o qualsiasi distillato), prima di inserire il naso e inspirare, effettuate un leggero soffio nel bicchiere e subito dopo provate a sentire i profumi. Questa operazione serve a svampare un po' la potenza dell'alcool che altrimenti vi porterebbe a bruciare nel naso e a coprire molti sentori.
Provate a berlo prima da solo, poi dopo aver mangiato del cioccolato fondente (dal 70 all'85% max), ed infine dopo aver mangiato una mezza fetta di arancia fresca (compresa buccia) con dello zucchero di canna sopra. ;-)
It is an industrial rum, a blend of different rums aged from seven to fifteen years.
Discrete rum, with a good value for money, and is superior to many other even more expensive rums.
On the nose: sweet notes of vanilla, caramel, tobacco, with light hints of cloves. present also a known alcoholic average.
To the taste: sweet notes come to the mouth in the sense of smell, but balanced by a just bitter note that does not make it cloying.
Even the alcoholic note does not disturb, the finish is medium and the mouth remains dry.
Advice for everyone: when you smell a rum (or any distillate), before inserting the nose and inhaling, make a slight puff in the glass and immediately afterwards try to smell the perfumes. This operation serves to escape a little 'the power of alcohol that otherwise would lead to burn in the nose and cover many scents.
Try to drink it first by yourself, then after eating dark chocolate (70 to 85% max), and finally after eating a half slice of fresh orange (including peel) with brown sugar on top. ;-)
This is somewhat dry with a woody, complex flavor. While it's a good sipper, it seems pricey for my taste. Update: this was based on a single sample at a rum tasting and I'm no longer rating rum until I've tasted it more thoroughly. I plan to update and revise this soon.
For the price its not too bad as a smooth sipping rum
Well its a special one. Because it stood in a cognac barrel for several months it has that special cognac taste. In the nose it is spicey and dry. On the tongue some dark chocolat. You have to drink it with a good cigar :)
Fantastic aged rum. I did try it when I wasn't really in the mood so will definitely go back for more at a more appropriate time and upgrade my rating.
Wonderful dryness, fruit and oak. Bottled at 43% and this gives that extra little punchiness to it. But the oak makes it so smooth. I find it easy to be a little dismissive of this due to the mass marketing of the brand.
Its a good rum, not too sweet. No brainer for this price!
Po dva večery jsem testoval tohoto Gaye, jednou přímé srovnání s Pampero Aňiversario, podruhé s Diplomatico Añejo.
Aroma: Kávový likér, jako by na mě vykoukla Kahlúa, ale jen s částí své sladkosti, tady jí je špetka. (85 b)
Chuť: Dřevitost, kořenitost, charakterem spíš do whisky než do rumu. Trochu v chuti zklamal.
Dochuť krátká, dřevitá. (82 b)
Shrnutí: Oproti Pampero je Gay rozhodně méně rumový, Pampero je sladší, vyzrálejší a lahodnější.
Za dochuť a celkový charakter se přikloňuji k nižší známce a zaokrouhluju směrem dolů.
I use this rum for my Cuba Libres and ist gives it a nice flavour.
Tastes great. Dry finish and full aroma. More a scotch than a rum.
If you ate lining for something different you found it.
Zezacatku lehke zklamani, asi dane velkym ocekvavani. Muj prvni rum z Barbadosu. Dubova sladsi chut, kourova, peprovy konec. Ale za tu cenu jsem cekal vic...
Took one from bonaire, was not dissapointed at all, smooth drinking. The only dissapointment was trying to buy one here in holland.. prices here suck 😂
I tried this side by side with the much more expensive Mount Gay 1703. I really struggled to pick a winner.
The 1703 was probably a little smoother and easier drinking, but I think it is borderline overaged. The XO had more a little more sweetness to it, and a tad more spiciness, and also slightly less bourbon flavor, making it just a bit better imho.
Notes of caramel, spice, bourbon, oak, and vanilla make this is a good rum. I would personally prefer a little more sweetness, but again to me, this just beats the 1703.
I have seen some negative ratings for this rum in a few places; I have to say, I was surprised.
This is some tasty stuff!!
If it wasn't for the finish which is really dry and slightly bitter and tends to linger longer then i would prefer; this would be an 8 or 9.
This one is strong and cool. Chocolate, caramell as well as some spice and some leather. Easy to drink and always nice to have.
In my opinion it's an ok rum. Only ever had this and black barrel by Mount Gay. I prefer the flavours of the black barrel.
I always assumed Mt Gay rums should be mixed. Kinda like capt Morgan. Was I surprised by this one. Very nice blend. Not harsh. Not too sweet. A good overall rum neet. Over ice tends to bring out a bit of kerosene finish. Probably just me. I will keep this one on hand. Priced right too!
This is a very good rum. I have a problem where I use most rums under $100 as a mixer. Just a dash of mix but it id because of the burn. For a similar proce you can grab the Zafra 21 which in my opinion is the best value for rum out there.
Mount Gay has a reputation and succeeds fully with these Extra Old edition, the flavors are delicious and consist mainly of lemon and banana with some hints of cocoa and molasses.
It's a nice rum, gets better as you let it breath, not too sweet.
I find this to be a good solid rum in which others should be judged by. The color, nose, palate and finish on this are all good. It has a bit more oak than I care for and keeps it from being my favorite sipper. I do enjoy this with cola or in a well refined cocktail where I want to find the rum. At around $40 a bottle, this is what other rums have to surpass in quality.
First impressions are of butterscotch and leather. Then oaky and dry. The finish is oaky and spicy.
I had to revisit this to do it justice.
From one of the oldest rum houses it is their low end sipping rum, blended with an ill defined age.
Typical Bajan it is unsweetened, more like a brandy, than some of the South American molasses rums.
Nose: Full, with toffee, raisins and caramel.
Mouth: Sharp with 43% alcohol muscling forward , displacing the dried fruit.
Throat: sustained burn, aroma fading fast.
It's clearly a chip off the old 1703 block, not as refined but a damn sight cheaper.
It's good, but does not stand up to a Foursquare Port Cask or a 5-year St. Nicholas Abbey.
Mount Gay Extra Old rum review by The Ultimate Rum Guide