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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.
Amazing rum with so much flavoure. How is the average only 7.7? Crazy. Its smooth, intese, easy sipping, sweet, and affordable. I lile this one alot
After reading up on rums, I finally settled on the Mount Gay XO and El Dorado 12 as a complementary pair that each offers a great tasting experience at a relatively affordable price (about $45 & $55 respectively). I once had Ron Zacapa XO, so I know what a "10" can taste like. To be fair, I'd have to try the Zacapa with these to really know how much - if any - separation there really is. But what I can say is that regardless of the exact score, what the majority of people have written here and on other websites is spot on: Mount Gay XO is for people who want that whiskey twang, while El Dorado 12 has a pure, smooth rum flavor. Both are very sophisticated, and alternating between them (or even mixing them occasionally!) really helps keep both fresh and interesting. I also recommend to anyone out there who only drinks rum to expand out as I did (originally only drank whiskey) and get some whiskey and some brandy, too. All very different and worthwhile tasting experiences. Enjoy!
P.S. I'm using this same basic text for both my Mount Gay XO and El Dorado 12 reviews.
A beautiful peice of rum you can taste the aged syrup like distilled molasses. A great drink!
Mount Gay is one of the oldest Rum companies and that is for one very good reason! This is very distinguished and smooth. Sadly the main issue is the bottles seem to have holes in them as it empties very quickly!!
Very earthy taste and very smooth, which is very surprising for a rum with no added sugar. I think I get some little notes of chocolate but overly I don't get so much aromas. Yet a 9 for his smoothness.
Mount Gay XO is truly a special rum. Not sweet like some other aged rums. Gives you that "real" rum flavor but smooth and delicious. This must've been the type of rum that the was the "special bottle" the pirate captain would keep hidden in his cabin. Outstanding.
The epitome of Barbados rums, generally viewed as one of the best in the world. Complex, rich, spicy, NO added sugar - everything a great aged rum should be.
This has become my go to sipping rum. Perfectly balanced and smooth, not overly sweet, rich flavor. I can’t find any fault with this Mount Gay XO. Truly a benchmark for other sipping rums.
The barrel aging comes through strong and its pretty darn dry so if you have a sugar tooth your not going to like this. This is a straight up neat in a tumbler whisky and rye drinkers rum. I like that it's bottled at 43% the extra heat makes for a warming session. This is perfect cool weather rum for occasions such as an evening spent on the beach.
I'm doing a side by side with the Brugal 1888 which has a higher grassy cane tone and maybe for that a justified 40% hence smoother quality but still I just think all rum should be bottled above 80 proof.
Both are top notch and side by side it's like Simon and Garfunkel but your not sure which one is Simon.
If you are exploring the world of Rum such as I and are coming from a single malt or bourbon background than this is a 100% sure bet must try at least once. It may not be your favorite but there is no way your going to be disappointed. For me I have placed a rather large 'YES' stamp on my file card.
I now know this is the goods.
Stunning value for money, a real rum from Barbados! Smooth, complex and full variety of aromas: toffee, tobacco, cacao, pepper...
As the title says, this is my first sipping rum. I've only had rum in mixed drinks and decided that it's time for me to grow up and have some big boy drinks. Hehe. I decided to start with this one since it is often seen as a standard for tasting rum.
Overall I'm happy with my decision.
I smell fruit and spice. It's a little sweet smelling. I don't get the banana that others report, but that's good since I hate banana.
On my tongue, I get some spiciness, mainly pepper. I also detect some fruit, but my palate isn't refined enough yet to narrow it down.
I'll be judging all future rums against this one.
I'm relatively new to the world of rum in that I hadn't ever tried anything outside of Sailor Jerry, Capt Morgan, or the other bottom shelf stuff.
My first thoughts on this was, "Wow". Great mouth feel, smooth, great flavor. This is my favorite hard liquor right now.
As a 'new' Rum drinker, I'm still exploring the vastness of different flavors and brands, but I specifically chose this as it's one of the better rated Rums. I've also let several other friends try this as well and they were very impressed.
First time I had this I drunk it straight. Very nice. Best one in my cabinet so far, I am most drawn to spiced rums and I really enjoyed this one.
My benchmark for any rums, at pretty much any price point (with a few exceptions...). It's a very complex spirit, and only gets better at each experience. Beautful balance between the spiceness and sweetness. Very highly recommended!
Had it neat earlier today and what a fine rum! Balanced and full of typical rum flavors. Sweet but less than average rums. The burn is pleasant and smooth, not harsh. Although aged in bourbon barrels, no bourbon taste is detected. The more expensive Zafra 21 is aged in bourbon barrels and you unfortunately do taste the bourbon on the palette (although the finish on the Zafra 21 is more flavorful and long). Every rum lover should buy Mount Gay XO for sipping.
Not too sweet or syrupy. Great with a cigar. Very smooth
Wow, what an excellent taste and mixture of nuts, oak and honey. Smooth aftertaste. This one is my standard in the cabinet and can compete easily with the more expensive rums.
I truly enjoy this rum. And for the price it might be the best out there ($50.00 Canadian). If you have not tried it and you are reading this review, put your phone down and head to your local liquor store or bottle shop and pick up what may be the best drink you have had in quite some time.
Geschmacksbombe! Weich, nicht süß, sehr aromatisch.
mon préféré... belle couleur, sucré, se boit straight sans glace.... excellent
I like this better than old cask. It's very balanced, not as much fruit, drier than I expected, but in a good way. Price is great. It's not as versatile as eclipse, but it is more flavorful and definitely a great sipping rum.
Pours a deep amber, forms thin legs that cling to the side of the tumbler. Looks delicious.
Initial strong alcohol sting in the nose. After it has a chance to breathe for about 10 min at room temp, I get strong forward vanilla, cinnamon and wood, like an underlying scent of a cedar chest. Upon closer investigation, honey and spice can be detected. Simply lovely.
Taste mostly follows the nose. Altogether sweet and bracing, with an almost cola-like undertone. But it's not candy-sweet like some fortified rums (Zaya). The tannic oak notes are definitely present, but in perfect balance with cola/honey sweetness. There's a bit of fire on the back of the palate, but only if I'm paying attention to it. Very smooth.
Vicious, slick, resinous, almost chewy. This definitely has some body.
Overall impressions: This is a serious taster's rum. I prefer this to the Zaya that everyone raves about. Although I thought Zaya was pleasant enough, like an enjoyable liqueur or cocktail, this high-quality product does not need a slathering of sugar to make it sippable. Nor does this libation need ice or water. It's perfectly fine neat. It's balanced in all the right ways, dry heat to sweet, vanilla/spice/cola to astrigent wood. It's so complex and good that thinking about it makes my mouth water. I'm glad I invested in a bottle of this. It was well worth the price.
Rum. Beautiful example of pot still Bajan rum
A lesson to most in rum making
I am a fan of Mount Gay and that just keeps it going for me. I like the regular mount gay a lit and with the XO it just makes me want more from Mount Gay. I know next time I'm in Barbados I have to go on the distillery tour.
Mount Gay Extra Old rum review by The Ultimate Rum Guide