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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.
This is what rum should taste like! A quite affordable sipper that's not sweet, yet retains a fruity quality. The rum against which all rum should be measured!
edited to add sugar test results- 0g
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.
nez doux, caramel
Rhum équilibré avec des notes de fruits murs, banane séchée
The epitome of Barbados rums, generally viewed as one of the best in the world. Complex, rich, spicy, NO added sugar - everything a great aged rum should be.
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.
I’ve found that many rums once they get to this price point let me down. Most are syrupy sweet crap. Mount Gay XO is worth the money. It’s taste so finished and refined. It’s a bottle that I keep going back to.
This is a very good rum. I have a problem where I use most rums under $100 as a mixer. Just a dash of mix but it id because of the burn. For a similar proce you can grab the Zafra 21 which in my opinion is the best value for rum out there.
Jedná se o rum s poněkud drsnější chutí stejně jako Mount Gay Black Barrel. Ovšem tím veškerá podobnost končí. Vůně, chuť i závěr jsou v případě XO o mnoho lepší.
I like their “no sugar added” policy and how they have been able to stand out in the rum business. For rum lovers that are more inclined into a well balanced dry rum, this is for you. You won’t be disappointed, enjoy!
Trop fort, corsé et puissant en alcool. Je me le réserve pour faire des mixtes puissant!
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.
Dry. Bone dry, with little or no added sugar. Light in body - bourbon-like. By the end of the bottle I was sold.
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.
This was my go to rum for my two weeks in Barbados. Easy to drink or like the locals with a splash of coke.
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
this is my new favorite rhum of the year what a nice taste and smooth
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.
Not worth the cost, but it's pretty good. Would drink again.
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
Nosing reveals fruity notes with vanilla, caramel and tobacco. Palate starts with a spicy attack which immediately gives way to note of oak, vanilla, caramel and dark chocolate without sweetness. Long and smooth finish with some little smokiness. Puristic but nice rum.
výborný, suchý rum. krásná vůně i barva. jeden z nejlepších co jsem pil.
Very well designed aged bajan rum - If you're a fan of Mount Gay Eclipse and enjoy aged rum, you'll enjoy their blended barrel-aged expression. I'm not a huge fan of aged rum anymore, but this is a crowd-pleaser, to be sure. The price point (~$60 USD) is a bit steep for the quality, but it competes with similar whiskey and cognac products at this level.
Mount Gay Extra Old rum review by The Ultimate Rum Guide