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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.
Good colour and initial aroma. Rich flavour with a mix of dried fruits but has a certain bitterness in the aftertaste which slightly ruins the initial experience for me.
Good not great.
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.
I was expecting more, honestly. Still a little harsh to drink, and just not that complex.
Rhum aromes de banane, sucre et fumé. Assez facile a boire
I had high hopes for this one and this is definitely a good rum....if you like scotch. Really tried to like it but I am simply nota scotch fan. The nice sugars are making it bearable but there it stops for me. Let's see what my dad says when he tries this one as he loves Scotch. Maybe also rum after tasting the XO. :-)
Nothing special for me. I don't like something at that taste. Some kind of whiskey like taste at the end.
I picked this up late at night from somewhere that didnt have a very good rum selection so I figured I'd try it. It is definitely better than a cheaper rum, being that you can sip it without problem but it definitely has a harsh bite, and not very sweet.
We are New to rums. Maybe it will take some time bu we prefer sweeter rums. This rum is strong not Sweet. You can taste various spices and wooden flavour.
Mount Gay Extra Old is a piece of my personal collection.
I like this rum.
Krásná, čistá, poctivá vůně s potenciálem velmi seriózního rumu, který by mohl uspět v konkurenci nejtěžších vah. Nic lacině podbízivého, žádná čichová koupel v cukru se tedy nekonala a bylo jasné, že půjdeme cestou old school chlapského rumu. Navíc jsem necítil žádnou sirovou lihovost, vůně byla sjednocená, očekávání tedy stoupalo a již jsem připravoval fiktivní gratulaci výrobci ke skvělé práci. Ale tady se bohužel pro mne vše najednou zadrhlo. V chuti již bohužel není co hodnotit, žádná totiž nebyla, jen čisté sklouznutí alkoholu přes krk níže. Nepálí, ale prostě nijak nechutná. Zkouším to znovu, znovu a znovu. A opět nic, nic a zase nic. Barbadoský rukopis mi není cizí, ba naopak mám ho velmi v oblibě, ale tady opravdu nemám za co dávat extra body. Jsem zklamán o to víc, že tento sympaťák na to měl. Nehledal jsem whisky, ale rum…..
Mount Gay XO is a good rum for mixing. Enjoyable for sipping when others aren't available, but enough rough edges to make it harsh.
I prefer it mixed rather than poor. Then again, it is quite expensive for that.
This is an OK rum, not bad nor great. I prefer sweet rums and Mount Gay XO is probably more appreciated by those of you that wants a little more dry type.
I think this would be a good addition to a home bar for quality mixers or just a standard sipper. I can't recommend it for special occasions as one you blow the dust off of but cannot deny its quality.
Nothing too special in my opinion. A rum for your standard evening sip - not the special occasions.
Un rhum d'une grande légèreté, au nez agréable bien que légèrement piquant. En bouche, ses racines sont très présentes et l'on ressent bien tout le barbarisme des fûts américains. Bien que l'alcohol soit évident, il n'est pas fatal pour les papilles et tient plus de la chaleur virile que de la brûlure amère. Le Mount Gay XO n'est pas d'une grande douceur mais sait séduire par son nez attractif et sa finale d'une remarquable finesse.
This used to be much, much better - Now it is ok, and enjoyable. Bourbon cask offers vanilla (natural kind - not added essence), molasses, dried fruit, a bit creamy in character. Delivers - with no additives. I cannot help think it is filtered and blended a bit too much.
Nice and tasty, whithout extras, but probably best for cocktails
I found it rough to drink, but ok just nothing special about it.
Picked it up on an airport deal. Was very disappointed. Not even good enough for a evening sipping rum. Used it as a mixer. Too bad, nice bottle, nice color.
Trodde att denna skulle vara bättre än Mount Gay Eclipse, men tyvärr inte. Det är väl så att jag gillar de lite sötare sorterna och då funkar inte denna för mig.
Mount Gay XO is very dry, doesn't really exhibit the traditional aged rum flavors, has a long burn at the end, and simply falls flat very quickly.
It burns like nothing I have tasted before - instantly. I must admit thought most of the stuff I sampled was in the higher price range. It is anything but smooth. And I was left under the impression that XO does exactly that: create a smoothness and character. But also on the character front there is nothing to write home about.
All in all it tastes almost like a whiskey.
If you want to say anything positive about it: I guess this is the one product with the least amount of sugar in it.
Mount Gay Extra Old rum review by The Ultimate Rum Guide