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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
MGXO has a super nice balance of dry, smokey, sweet, and oaky barrel flavor. There are hints of marshmallow vanilla along with chocolate, leather, and oak. Some subtle dried cherries and molasses flavor as well. I'm a bourbon fan which may be why I like this so much. There is a noticeable complexity of flavors it has besides just sweetness. There is a wonderful dry element to this one and I prefer it on the rocks at 43% alcohol. Extremely happy with this and will definitely be buying again. Update: coming back to this was difficult at first, I have tried so many "premium" sugary rums since and I couldn't appreciate it the way I used to. Over a few sessions of sipping at first it was just too hot and I could only taste the alcohol, then I added a little bit of water and time to the equation. After breathing and a dab of water I was able to recollect my initial love for this rum with its natural dry fruit/molasses sweetness and smooth finish. It's notably smoother on the finish than Doorly's 12 year and I can say that for sure now.
Balení není nijak zábavné, spíše nenápadné. Ale v jednoduchosti je síla.
Pokud nemáte zrovna chuť na něco sladkého, je toto super volba.
Perfektní vůně: dřevo, rozinky, trochu vanilky a ovoce.
Chuťově není co vytknout. Žádná zbytečná dochucovadla, prostě klasika, takový "praotec Rum". Truchu připomíná whisky.
Po nalití je ho třeba nechat chvilku vydechnout.
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.
I found it had a great overall palate. Soft after taste but had a fair amount of final heat. Buttery smell and middle taste but it finished dry.
I have visited the distillery a couple times now and never disappointed with the tour or the Rum. Not sweet like some other aged rums. Gives you that "real" rum flavor but smooth and delicious. Great balance of spice flavors, sweetness, oak.
Good Rum to baseline all others
Up to 12 years ago, I was a single malt whiskey or cognac drinker and wouldn’t touch rum with a barge pole. I then had a 2 week break in Barbados and was introduced to aged rum, by being handed a complimentary tot of XO. It would be an understatement to say that I was amazed at how good it was. Since then, my tipple of choice became aged rum.
The aroma/bouquet of XO is of bananas and tropical fruit, with spice, like a fruit cake. The palate has fruit and a honeyed sweetness, without losing the warm alcohol-kick. It is long and the taste stays with you.
I gave XO an 8, but I have found a number of rums that I prefer, that I also rated as 8, simply because 7 is too low. That aside, I have no problem recommending this rum. Try it. I’m sure you will like it and you may love it.
Great flavour balance, yet to rate it higher I would add some orginality to it, something special, like those coconut flavour in Plantation XO. This is more dry rum and I have so much respect to it and in fact becouse of this rum I had to lower my rating of Brugal 1888, simply becouse MG is better, more complex.
For sure this could hit my cabinet once more in the future
"Mount Gay Extra Old rum review by The Ultimate Rum Guide"
"The nose is very fruity. Raisin, prunes and currants with a little banana and some tropical fruits a little pineapple perhaps."
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