Mount Gay Tricentennial

Mount Gay Tricentennial

Product of:  Barbados
Aged: up to 34 years
Price:  ~$220 in the Caribbean, $500 or more in USA
Alcohol: 43% ABV 
Sugar: 0 g/L 
Context:  Premium Aged Rum 
RG Rating:  10

Tasting Notes 
Extremely Smooth.  Beautiful dark amber in color, the result of years of maturing in American white oak.  Aromatic hints of smoky oak, vanilla, nuts, subtle fruitiness like sweet banana, golden raisin and tart dried plum on the nose.  Mount Gay Tricentennial tastes old, as in traditional, truly befitting what must be considered the benchmark of fine rums. Blended from rums of three vintages, 1969, 1974, and 1976. Tricentennial is blended from some of Mount Gay’s oldest stock. It was released in very limited quantities in 2003 to commemorate their 300th anniversary of distilling fine rum in Barbados. Perfectly balanced, highly complex and sophisticated, with delicate flavors of vanilla, lightly toasted almond, buttery caramel. Highly viscous, yet crisp and not cloying, with a deep, long, warm finish.

Anecdotes 
Mount Gay Tricentennial is the most exclusive limited edition rum the Rum Gallery has ever tasted. Never ones to allow a new rum discovery to pass by, I stepped into an upscale booze shop in the Caribbean, not expecting to find anything but the usual rums so popular there.  I  blinked when I spied bottle #842 of Mount Gay Tricentennial!  Released in 2003, and one of only 3000 produced, Tricentennial has always been nearly impossible to find.  My jaw went slack when I saw the price – Sticker Shocked, but in a good way. Only $220 for the finest rum sold by Mount Gay; liquid history in a beautiful decanter packaged inside a leather-like bound box. Truly a stunning  site, but I didn’t hesitate.  Opportunities are only such if they are seized.

Mount Gay Tricentennial - open box

Opinion 
Mount Gay Tricentennial is in a class by itself. Noble, perfectly aged and blended, this rum defines the scale by which all other rums are judged. It is honorably centered between the overly flavored but quite excellent and smooth aged rums on the one side, and the more distinctly pure cane tasting yet also excellent aged rums on the other. Best enjoyed neat in a wide snifter where it is gently warmed in your hand to release its tantalizing aromas and lure you in for another sip. Please show your respected by sipping neat only. Tricentennial really would be wasted in a mixed drink. 

Mount Gay Tricentennial doesn't have to be your favorite to respect and appreciate it. Not everyone's cup of tea, especially at the price, but Tricentennial is very pleasing just to sniff, so you can just savor the aromas from the beautiful bottle if you prefer to hoard this precious rum.

If you ever find a bottle for the price the Rum Gallery paid, purchase it. You'll forever be sorry if you pass on a once-in-a-lifetime treasure. My only regret is with this rum is... that we didn't buy the other two bottles in the shop!  Countless subsequent trips to the Caribbean have yielded only one more bottle, which of course I purchased at a slightly higher price.

Reviewed:  May 2009 and on every New Year’s Eve at the Rum Gallery, USA.

© Dave Russell 2017