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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.
Nice bottle including official markings on bottle neck label. Can't totally say what I think yet. Stay tuned...
Great bottle, mediocre an unremarkable rum. Looks impressive, but the quality taste just isn't present.
This is not a bad rum, but not for me. If you like the sweeter rums this is not for you. Also to dry for my taste.
Had this on Christmas day and a relative's house. Not bad but I've had much better. Beggars can't be choosers!
It is not as good as the Black Barrel...not by half.
It has a bitterness that I didn't enjoy as I didn't find it a palatable bitterness. I didn't find much sweetness in it either, but there was a burn. Dry too, so if you like dry rums it may be for you.
English style, probably the oldest known rum destillery worldwide (1703)
Nose: Seems to be much sweeter than later on the tongue.
Palate: pretty harsh and sharp, with little volume. Not lasting long.
(Cal. 2019 Day 1)
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.
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.
I may need to sample more, but right now the verdict is that it is okay, but nothing spectacular.
Not much notes in the nose or mouth. It just didn't do it for me
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.
Very woody. Some may appreciate that, but presently, such woodiness is not my thing.
I surprisingly didn't enjoy my first tasting of Mount Gay Extra Old Rum. It came through very spicy with a long and tart finish. There wasn't the smoothness I typically associate with aged rums, but moreso a bite typical to gold rums. For now I'm sticking with 4/10 until further review.
Not my kind of rum, little to unsweet. Tried this in a pub.
i dont like this Rum so much, because the sweetness smell too much from vanilla.
Mouais bof, guère plus intéressant que le 1703...
I finally broke down and spent $41 for this bottle of highly rated Bajan rum from the oldest distiller in the Caribbean. Compared to my Mount Gay Eclipse, the XO is a lot darker and it looks like two entirely different rums which they are indeed. Both have very little aroma and a strong after burn. However, the first taste from this newly opened bottle of XO showed only subtle hints of extra flavors and not enough to justify the price of being more than double that of the Eclipse. I expected this bottle to change over the next few weeks, and it did indeed improve a little. Comparing it to a single malt scotch or fine bourbon is also unfair, and I find no comparisons at all to those. Just because it balances sweetness with dryness does not make it a whiskey.
Update a month or so later: It did not improve in the bottle after only a few sips, so I dock it a whopping five points and can't wait to get it out of my sight. It literally tumbled down. To give you an idea compared to two other rums with no added sugar, I will show what happened before and after my final samples of MGXO. I had just finished a couple of glasses of Ron Del Barrelito 3-Star on the rocks and wanted to save this good rum for another day. I chose to follow it up with MGXO on the rocks due to it also having no added sugar. The MGXO was downright nasty right after the Puerto Rican aged rum. After only one glass of MGXO, I could not take it anymore and switched to Flor de Cana 7 on the rocks at half the price. What an improvement! It looks like my days of buying anything by Mount Gay are over with. Highly over rated!
Update March 7, 2019: The epic downhill slide for this premium rum still has me scratching my head one year later as to why. The bottle is now long gone. It has no added sugar, which is usually the reason for such deterioration in taste. Comparing to two other dry rums may have been it's kill shot. However, it did lose it's initial rating of 8 within a few weeks and wound up as a 7. The last half of the bottle is what caused it's rating to tumble, so oxidation definitely played a part, albeit with no sugar.
Deze smaakt eerder naar een cognac of een whisky. Voor mezelf niet zacht genoeg.Twee glaasjes geprobeerd en weggeven.
Mount Gay Extra Old rum review by The Ultimate Rum Guide