Mount Gay XO

Owner

Manufacturer:

Mount Gay Distilleries Ltd. / Rémy Cointreau

Price approx:

40

Origins

Terroir:

Barbados

Regulations:

Authentic Caribbean Rum (ACR)

Classification

Style:

english, bajan

Gargano:

single traditional blended rum
raw material

Raw material:

molasses

distillation

Distillation:

traditional column and double retort pot still

aging

Aging:

7 to 15 years in American Bourbon Oak and Tennessee Whiskey casks

sugar added

Sugar added:

no

alcohol by volume

Alcohol by volume:

43%

additives

Additives:

no

Pretext

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.

Procedure

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.

Aroma
Vanilla, oaky and dry spice notes.
— as they tell
Mirabelle, vanilla cigar, leather armchair, sawdust.
— as examined by RumExam
Taste
Salted caramel, baked fig and clove, dark chocolate.
— as they tell
Williams pear.
— as examined by RumExam
Afterburn
Round, smooth and richly creamy.
— as they tell
Quince.
— as examined by RumExam
⁖Reviewed on: September 25th, 2020