Mount Gay Extra Old

Mount Gay Extra Old

Product of:  Barbados
Aged: blend of rums up to 17 years
Price:  $80
Alcohol: 43% ABV 
Sugar: 0 g/L 
Context:  Premium Aged Rum 
RG Rating:  9

Tasting Notes 
Very Smooth.  Mount Gay thrills in the glass with a beautifully dark color showing like the patina of aged copper; rich looking.  Moving beyond visual appeal, complexity abounds with big, beautiful aromas of spice (clove, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice), caramelized fruit (banana, pear, black cherry, prune), sweet molasses, brown sugar and dark chocolate with some caramel and toffee, ample musty old oak with some smoky char on the wood, vanilla, milder leather and tobacco.  All that complexity pours in as integrated, concentrated flavors of the initial taste.  The rum comes completely together on the tongue, with a full body spreading across and along, then leading to a firm white pepper-caramel finish that lingers on and on, simultaneously delivering persistent flavor and sweetness to your throat and the tip of your tongue.

Mount Gay Copper Pot Stills

Beginning in 2009, Mount Gay Extra Old is kitted out in a distinctive new bottle with curves resembling its more upscale sibling, 1703.  Sharing the overall style of 1703’s decanter, Mount Gay Extra Old’s bottle is the brainchild of French designer Denis Boudard (President & Founder of the US/French Design firm QSLD). Extra Old is now delivered in a hefty squarish bottle with rounded corners reminiscent of a puffy flask.  Considerable weight is added by a ¾-inch thick smiley base, but slim profile and long neck make pouring easy.  A natural cork sits under a gold colored metal cap.Anecdotes

Wash Ferminting at Mount Gay

Mount Gay Extra Old is distilled from fermented molasses, and blends heavy rum that has passed through impressive copper pot stills twice with lighter rum produced in a continuous column still.  Oak barrels formerly containing Kentucky bourbon age the rums from both types stills.

It may take you awhile to acquire the taste for such a full-flavored, aromatic rum, but having arrived at that epiphanous plateau, you’ll discover that Mount Gay Extra Old is all the rum you need.  Perhaps the best thing about history is that it repeats itself, as in Mount Gay (reputedly) being the oldest continuously operating distillery in the Caribbean, all the while producing some of the world’s best rums. 

November, 2010 at the Mount Gay distillery while attending the Caribbean Rum and Beer Festival on Barbados.  Special thanks to Mike Streeter or RumConnection.Com and Robin Burr of The GiftedRumGuide for the photograps used in this review.

© Dave Russell 2017