Rum Howler 2016 Top 50 Mixing Rums Countdown #11: Mount Gay Eclipse Gold
Posted by Arctic Wolf on December 14, 2016
1703 is the year that the Mount Gay Rum was first produced on the Isle of Barbados, making Mount Gay Rum one of the oldest, if not the oldest brand of rum in the world. Because Barbados is situated as a gateway from the Atlantic to the Caribbean, sailors from the Old World often used the island as the first resting point on the way to the New World. This meant Barbados was ideally suited for trade between the two worlds in the eighteenth and nineteenth century. Part of that trade was rum which is why the island is rightfully considered the birthplace of the rum trade.
It was in 1910 that the appearance of Haley’s comet coincided with a total solar eclipse, and this event is said to have inspired Mount Gay to create their Eclipse Rum. The Eclipse is a traditional double distilled gold rum produced from copper pot stills and aged in white Kentucky oak barrels which were previously used to age bourbon.
Here is a link to the Number 11 Rum in my countdown of the Best Mixing Rums of 2016:
“… I began to add a small splash of cola to my glass. Unlike the Eclipse Silver which did not seem to enjoy the cola, the Gold Eclipse Rum tasted absolutely wonderful with a dash of cola. I added only a small splash and the sharper notes of citrus peel and oak tannin melted into a wonderfully smooth cocktail. I mixed a few more cocktails, a daiquiri, a mojito and a few of my favourite rum cocktails and was quite content with everything I tried. This Eclipse Rum is a good sipping rum and an excellent mixer …”
Stay tuned for more mixing rum revelations as I will be adding to this list each day until Christmas Eve.
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