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Mount Gay 1703 Master Select rum

Mount Gay 1703 Master Select

Barbados | Aged

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Posted 4 months ago by Limsn from Poland with 25 ratings

High quality spirit, almost perfect. Almost, because:
1. I sipped MG Master Select next to R. L. Seale's 10 yo. Both represent what's best in rum, BUT - Seale's twice cheaper (at least in my place). So, one point down;
2. I found MG Master Select slightly heavier in flavour than Seale's - it is not disadvantage of course, however at the moment Seale's is definitely the one I would buy again, if I had to choose. So, another point down, but this is entirely my personal preference.

Final rating: 8/10. Nevertheless, it is a true rum, bringing a wonderful experience when sipped.

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Posted 1 year ago by Lamantaalcoll from United States with 19 ratings

Best rum i tried .beautiful color, super tasty, conplex, very different, reqlly expensive but worth it.


Posted over 1 year ago by TroyB from Canada with 22 ratings

My bottle of MGMS was released in 2016 and is bottle 11430/12000. Great colour and smell, but was surprisingly sharp. Given that I am a BIG fan of Mr Gay XO I had great expectations for this bottle, but given its price point I have to say it did not meet expectations.


Posted 4 years ago by Ari from Barbados with 15 ratings

I like mount gay rums, and I love the 1703 Old Cask. I drink the XO regularly, but this "Master Select". is disappointing. I have a bottle of the 2017 batch and its dry and confusing. For a premium rum, I have found it difficult to appreciate this bottle for what it is, as it is overshadowed by what it needs to be. alcohol on the nose, too complex to the point where it leaves you wondering and then finishes you with a dry mouth. I sip Old Cask and while I can sip this? why would I? the experience is on par with XO, which is a fraction of the price of this bottle. It mixes terribly with coke. While I would never mix a premium, they rarely take away from a rum and coke...this one does. Enough said. Disappointed.


Posted 4 years ago by Falcon91Wolvrn03 (PREMIUM) from United States with 491 ratings

I believe this is replacing the Mt Gay Old Cask, and is quite a bit pricier ($150 vs $100), so the question I have (and probably others have too) is which one is better, or are they the same?

It is very close. These are both very, very similar, but I think maybe I could tell them apart as this one was ever so slightly sweeter (but just barely). Otherwise, they are both about the same to me.

This is still way too dry for my liking, hence the relatively low score. Smells and tastes of bourbon, oak, caramel, with just a touch of vanilla. Pretty smooth, and if you like heavy bourbon aging, you might enjoy this a lot more than I did. I personally recommend the Mount Gay XO over both of these, and it's more affordable too! :-)

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Posted over 4 years ago by Earl Elliott from Canada with 202 ratings

Sugar: 0 gpl.
The 1703 Master Select has a similar taste profile as the 1703 Old Cask. Nice blend of 10 to 30 year old rums with no sweetness factor. At 43% you can detect the alcohol aroma and a bit more burn than standard 40% abv rums. The good news in the flavour profile aspect is that the oak, vanilla, caramel, and some spice (nutmeg comes to mind) are all present and well balanced in this blend. Like the Old Cask version this one has an initial strong alcohol taste, that moves through the flavour profile and then fades to a nice long afterburn. It's a strong rum that for some drinkers it might require a piece of ice, but for a whiskey drinker it will be just fine. It's a bit pricey and needs to be smoother and more complex to rate any higher.

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Posted 1 month ago by Simson from Czech Republic with 59 ratings

43% ABV rum from Barbados. This is the top rum from one of the oldest distilleries in the world, Mount Gay (outside of their specials). A blend of rums aged 10-30 years in American oak barrels. It is said that 55 different casks were used for the blend. My version is from 2018.

Bottle: A deluxe flat bottle supplied in a nice case. Wooden cap with artificial cork.

Colour: Amber

Nose: Very intense, sweet and pleasant. It smells of vanilla, coconut, wood and a slight smokiness.

Flavour: Slightly sweet and smoky. It is very mild and does not burn on the palate at all. I could detect vanilla, spices (cloves, nutmeg), coconut, butterscotch, cocoa and a slight woodiness.

Finish: Quite long and slightly sweet.

Summary: This is a really excellent and smooth rum. It's kind of a smoother and more complex version of the Mount Gay XO rum. I'm not entirely sure the price difference between the two versions is entirely relevant, though. Nevertheless the Master Select is certainly better than the XO. I take half a point off for its current price.

Overall rating: 9 out of 10


Posted 5 months ago by carl from United States with 58 ratings

Tried this alongside a number of other competitors in our rum tasting. This was the clear winner, a bit dry but very interesting flavor profile. Nice presentation with the bottle & box. For the price, however, I would recommend Mount Gay XO to most people.


Posted 10 months ago by hugorollo (TASTING CLUB) from Sweden with 9 ratings

This is a very nice gentle rum.
The nose is good with mostly vanilla and wood.
In the palate it’s also vanilla and wood, plus some caramel and citrus.
Finish is solid.

Overall this is a soft gentle rum with great taste.

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Posted 11 months ago by RumGuy1 from United States with 54 ratings

When i first tasted this rum, i initially thought it was a regretable purchase because the first taste and smell was surprisingly alcoholic. However, i did a few things to condition this rum to bring out it's true potential. I put the bottle in the sun by the window with the cork off for 30 minutes and it did the trick. The taste of this rum is super smooth, balanced sweetness, has a manageable oak presense, burnt sugar, ripe bananas, toasted nuts, molasses, cinnamon, grilled pinneapple,and tobacco. It has a little burn at the end that fades away. The smell is a reflection of those same flavors.