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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
Perfect score for this XO. All around smooth, well balanced spices, oaky finish to it. Not too sweet. High class rum at an affordable price ! Cheers
Tento rum mne malinko překvapil svojí drsností s pomalým dozvukem chuti na konci sklenice. Řádně jsem si jej vychutnal, nicméně při přímém srovnání mi chutnal o něco malinko více Mount Gay Black Barrel.
This one is definitely one of my favorites. I'm well aware that it is by far not the best rhum out there, but if I go to a restaurant and see they have this on the map, I know I'm in a good place. And I definitely know what I'm getting for dessert 😁
Another fine Bajan rum. More fruity and less okaed than Seales 10 yo, but not so fruity as to make me think of sherry. There is some banana in this I find absent in Seales, and there's mostly citrus in Doorly's XO. This is just about what I would consider the best for the price. If I want more banana I would have to go to Jamaica, and actually do. Still, this is a nice fine rum that can be enjoyed neat, with a cube, or mixed without feeling like you spent too much for a "mixer" rum. What I mean to say is even if you never enjoy this fine rum neat, you won't be worried. Sure, there are mixing rums that cost far less, but they won't have this rum's smell and taste profile. As for sipping neat or with ice, this is a budget everyday sipper; not the one that sits around oxidizing on the shelf for a decade cause you had to take a loan out to buy the bottle.
There is nothing better than this for the price. You can head upstream but there's diminishing returns for the amount of money you have to spend. I have a bottle of this always. This rum does what many more expensive rums can't, that is remain smooth without added sugar. Compared to the Plantation 20th or the Diplomatico or El Dorado it's not as sweet but it's also unadulterated and more complex. This should be your benchmark.
This is where my journey with aged rum began. Up to that point I was a Navy rum man as I was in the Royal Navy at the time.
A trip to the Mount Gay distillery on Barbados changed that. I experienced the blending pride shown by the chief blender to produce this aged masterpiece and then tasted it. Maybe it was the place or the time, but everytime I now sip this I am transported back to a place where real rum lives.
"Mount Gay Extra Old rum review by The Ultimate Rum Guide"
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