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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.
The aroma from the bottle made it seem this was going to be a sweet rum but it is drier than I expected. There is a bit of a molasses flavor initially but then the burn hits masking any sweetness. Those who prefer a drier rum will probably enjoy sipping this neat but it's definitely an excellent mixer for me.
First impressions are of butterscotch and leather. Then oaky and dry. The finish is oaky and spicy.
(Called XO here in Ontario, Canada)
Very good rum.
Warm, spicy and dry. Apart from the usual rum flavours, maybe a hint of grape but not that overly flavourful.
Well priced. I drink it neat however I don't mind mixing it for guests.
Good any way you want it. Neat, mixed, whatever. Reminds me of butterscotch lifesavers without the intense sweet.
I've bought this bottle so many times I've lost track. This is more of a consistent, accessible, versatile rum baseline for me. It's not your top shelf, but I'm yet to be disappointed by it. It's very smooth and on the sweeter side. It's a little pricey to be considered a mixer rum, but it's availability makes that guilt free.
Worth to try, it has its character and is nice with coke. Woody and kind of a sweet.
This is a nice rum with a bit strong punch. Works really well with a couple of drops of water. Quite dry.
MG XO is sweet, smooth and subtile while being full of oaky and leathery character. One fails to notice the 43 % and remains amazed by this excellent rum.
not an expensive rum but it's really not much better than your standard mount gay eclipse. It's smoother but you don't get that depth of flavour that other premium XO's present so not really worth the step up.
Real 8 yo. Not my. Imperial better. Have a good history
Excellent smell, good taste, wonderfull price
God rom, der overrasker
For the price this is an exceptional value in that it has a wonderful full body aroma and a very smooth taste and finish.
A very nice rum and with the $$. I would drink this daily if I could find it all the time. Nice froth with soda and well-balanced on the rocks. Can't go wrong.
This rum has a wonderful smell but the taste doesn't quite match up. If like a bit less burn.
A well balanced rum
Mouais bof, guère plus intéressant que le 1703...
One of the first fine rums I have tasted, very smooth, tastes great pure. Very smooth and complex.
First tried it at a Mount Gay launch party. Decent for sipping and compliments cola well(blasphemy). Smooth with pleasant aftertaste. A product of fine aging yielding a complex blend of flavor.
It is hard to find a bar that carries really good sipping rums, this one of them if you can find it on the back bar. A must try.
(cheap enough to not feel bad mixing it...)
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.
A smooth and easy to drink rum. Leaves you warm without a burn.
For being the oldest rum distillery still standing, wow do they know how to make a great rum. Buttery, spicy and semi-dry blending into smooth again, this is hands down my favorite "3-fold" rum... Spice, butter, sweet.
Mount Gay Extra Old rum review by The Ultimate Rum Guide