Thirsty Thursday – Mount Gay Black Barrel Rum

By  June 14, 2013

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This Thirsty Thursday we re-visit the flavors of Barbados with a taste of Mount Gay Black Barrel Rum. Black Barrel is a small batch, handcrafted blend made of matured double pot distillates and aged column distillates. In a process that they call “finishing” the blended rum is matured for a second time in deeply charred Bourbon oak barrels. As one of the five offerings from Mount Gay Distilleries, it definitely stands out among the crowd.

Appearance:

The unique bottle shape is accented by a wood and cork stopper, stamped glass, and creative labels. In the bottle the rum has a dark amber hue.

Nose:

Spice, various fruits and wood tones are prominent upon an initial smell. The spicy notes give way to caramel and fruit after the rum has a chance to open up.

Taste:

The first thing you taste is a rich sweet caramel, followed by a bit of oak and various spices in the background. It gives way to some notes of vanilla and a softer, lingering spice.

Finish:

Black Barrel has a nice, smooth finish that is comprised of vanilla, caramel and a touch of oak. The most dominant flavor is caramel followed by a sweet oak in the background.

Overall:

Overall, Mount Gay Black Barrel rum is a full-bodied, well-rounded rum that is ideal for sipping or in a classic cocktail. Notes of caramel, vanilla, and oak will invite you to take another drink and I could see this as the ideal summer go-to for many at the bar and at home. For more information on Mount Gay Black Barrel Rum visit mountgayrum.com.