traditional column and double retort pot still
7 to 15 years in American Bourbon Oak and Tennessee Whiskey casks
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On each bottle of Mount Gay you will find a 1703 mark. The year of first written evidence of rum from this Barbados distillery making commercially an alcoholic beverage called rum. Mount Gay is the oldest rum distillery that continuously produces rum to this day.
The plantation and the distillery changed owners frequently and one of them was John Sober. He was the one who renamed distillery name from 'Mount Gilboa’ being actually derived from a nearby hill to 'Mount Gay' being derived from the surname and in gratitude for his skillful manager John Gay Alleyne.
Thirty years ago, Rémy Martin (now Rémy Cointreau) bought the rights to the Mount Gay brand, but at that time without the ownership of the means of production. The distillery's board sold the controlling stake in 2014. RC restored the old column still although was able to buy a new and more efficient one. RC acquired adjoining plantations and implemented there the ecologically sustainable development although could obtain molasses cheaper elsewhere. However, it was decided to expand the brand's values, which I really appreciate. RC has abandoned here the desire to maximize short-term profit.
Mount Gay XO was created by master blender Jeremy Edwards in 1994 and under the label 'Extra Old'. After him came great but also modest Allen Smith and last year Trudiann Branker was introduced first female master blender at Mount Gay as well as first in Barbados. Thus, tradition is intertwined with modernity, while the change is the determinant of progress.
Own plantations, meticulously sorted by variety, irrigated only with rainwater and fertilized with vinasse, meet only a fraction of the demand for molasses. The Barbados Agricultural Management Company is responsible for acquiring the rest, supplying raw materials that come from all over the Caribbean, but only varieties native to Barbados. Molasses are fermented up to 36 hours outdoors and with captured wild yeast. Then distilled in pot and column stills. The blend ratio remains a closely guarded secret.
Until recently, the XO mark on cognac meant at least six years of aging, but the rules have changed and the current limit for 'extra old' is a minimum of ten years in a barrel. However rum is a drink made by and for the rebellious. Mount Gay XO components mature from seven to fifteen years in American Bourbon Oak and Tennessee Whiskey casks.