Mount Gay Black Barrel Rum (700ml)
St. Micheal, BARBADOS
Dating back to 1660, Mount Gay is one of the oldest estates in the Caribbean and certainly one of the oldest in Barbados. In fact, in 2013 it will be celebrating its 310th anniversary. Like all the other rums in the Mount Gay range, Black Barrel is made from double pot and single column distillates that are aged separately in x-Bourbon barrels. "What makes Mount Gay Black Barrel different is that when rums have matured, Master Blender Allen Smith selects and blends aged single and double distillates with a higher proportion of double distillates than in the Eclipse blend," comments Suntory Australia brand manager, Jeremy Church. "The Black Barrel blend is then aged a second time, in deeply charred bourbon barrels, hence its name." Tasting note: [40% ABV bottling circa 2013] Deep brass / polished copper appearance. A rich aroma offers up scents of dilute molasses along side banana cake and hints of over ripe pineapple. A silky, light opening builds into a light to medium bodied rum profile with semi sweet spice and banana cake flavours followed by a hint of menthol towards the finish. Ends light, less sweet with a subtle dried banana aftertaste.