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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.
Recommendable to most
Being a bartender in the past, I have enjoyed my fair share of rum. This rum is my favourite Bajan rum. Easy drinking, neat, on ice or mixed. In the darkest side of Amber. It has great flavour with a dark caramel finish. Very easy to get used to pouring stiff Rum and Cokes.
This rum is top notch. Neat only for me, no plans for mixing. Oak and other flavors up front and nice sweetness to even out the finish.
$50 price tag in my area, when I can find it. I also like the black barrel, but this is worth the extra $20.
Best and most balanced rum I have tasted to date. Banana, tropical fruit, molasses, vanilla and woody notes come through. Sweet but not too sweet this is a lovely drink, straight with ice or mixed. Think it has been said before but agree, Barbados in a bottle.
While in Barbados in 2011, my wife and I toured the Mount Gay distillery in Bridgetown and sampled some of their products including Mount Gay Eclipse and Mount Gay Extra Old, both of which we used as mix for rum punches. Upon our return home we purchased a bottle of each.
Fast forward to April 2017, the same two bottles are still in our liquor cabinet but are just about empty. Tonight I sipped on the remainder of both products to determine how the two fare as "sipper" Rum.
I must say that I was doubtful either of these two rums would qualify for decent sipping rums given the fact that 1) they were fairly inexpensive and 2) the bottles had been opened 6 years ago and both were less than 1/3 full.
I was pleasantly surprised with both samples of Mount Gay Eclipse and Mount Gay Extra Old. While the Mount Gay Eclipse rum is light and not as complex as the few aged rums I have sampled, it was nevertheless tasty. In my opinion Mount Gay Eclipse is a better mix than a sipping rum.
The second sample (Mount Gay Extra Old) was darker, tastier and more flavourful than the Eclipse and I really enjoyed its taste. Will without a doubt acquire a bottle of Mount Gay Extra Old in the near future. This rum makes an excellent mix but as a stand alone it is a respectable rum to drink neat.
UPDATE (July 2019)
Have now tried 116 different Rums I must say that besides St. Nicholas Abbey 12 Yr rum, Mount Gay XO is my favorite rum. The fact this Rum sells for $50 CAD in my area is enough for me to give it a “10” rating.
To make a long story short, this is a perfection. Extremely well balanced, not too dry, not too sweet. Toffi and caramel on one side and wood & leather on the other. A touch of overripe fruit (banana) which reminds you it is rum. At this price level there is no competition however it has something in common with Appleton Estate 12 Rare Blend. I love both. Must have.
I’m not a massive neat rum drinker so I do mix this however its my current favourite for Dark and Stormys, mixed with Saxbys Ginger Beer, some butters and a slice of lime.
This drink needs a smooth rum to work and Mount Gay XO delivers 100%. Great smooth, Rich (but not overly so) flavour and I have demolished a bottle with a couple of friends way quicker than expected and need to buy a refill. A must for any rum drinker
Just tried Mount Gay XO for the first time. As someone who has never tried rum that costs more than $30 per bottle, you'd rightly expect I am incredibly impressed. Mount Gay XO has a lovely cinnamony woody aroma, and a nice full flavor in my mouth place. The swallowing action was pleasing to the throat, with a nice warmth. Nothing like that horrible tasteless burn from cheaper rums. I trust I will gain an even higher appreciation for this rum after sampling more rums of similar quality. For now, it's a solid 10 until I try something better. I enjoyed this drink neat with some chocolates
"Mount Gay Extra Old rum review by The Ultimate Rum Guide"
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