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Posts Tagged ‘1703’

Review: Mount Gay 1703 XO Reserve Cask Rum

Posted by Arctic Wolf on January 3, 2020

This past Christmas, I reviewed the 24 Rums which were featured in the 1423 World Class Spirits – 2019 24 Days of Rum Calendar. The reviews were written based upon my my taste impressions from a small (20ml) sample of each rum which was provided in the European edition of that said rum advent. I was also sent larger 50ml samples of each rum in the American version of that same rum advent.

My plan for the New Year is to re-sample each of these rums and re-post each review. These re-posted reviews will be more complete with the scores adjusted slightly based on my impressions from the larger sample.

The first of these re-posted reviews is for the very first rum in the advent, Mount Gay 1703 XO Reserve Cask Rum a wonderful rum from Barbados.

Here is a link to the newly completed full review:

Review: Mount Gay 1703 XO Reserve Cask Rum

“… The breezes above the glass show me a complex nose featuring a nice mingling of oak, molasses and tar-like smells.As the glass breathes, I notice firm oak spice, dark caramelized treacle and molasses as well as enticing baking spices (vanilla, cinnamon and clove) combined with roasted marshmallow, coffee and cocoa …”

Please enjoy the review which now includes a suggested serving, the Aztec Rum Old Fashioned.

Happy New Year Everyone!

 

 

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Review: Mount Gay Black Barrel

Posted by Arctic Wolf on June 2, 2017

Mount Gay 1703 Black Barrel Rum was introduced in 2014. It is comprised of a blend of rums produced from both pot and column still distillation and aged in heavily charred bourbon barrels. According to the Mount Gay Distillery Master Blender, Allen Smith the Black Barrel Rum was specifically blended to give rum enthusiasts the best of two worlds:

“We actually launched Mount Gay Black Barrel in 2013 to give drinkers a complex premium rum that they could enjoy as a sipping rum or by mixing in cocktails, and it has become one of our most popular rums. It’s a small batch, handcrafted blend that has a balanced, but bold spicy flavor.”

Here is a link to my full review of Allen Smith’s Black Barrel Rum:

Review: Mount Gay 1703 Black Barrel Rum

“… I noticed sweet dark caramel and toffee aromas leading out in front of fruity scents of orange peel and banana. All of this is accented by impressions of light baking spices (vanilla and hints of cinnamon). Lurking within this sweetness are impressions of oak spice and ginger, faint hints of copper pennies and some mild indications of pipe tobacco …”

Please enjoy my review which concludes with two very nice recipe suggestions, The Black Storm, and Crimson Cane.

Chimo

 

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Cocktail Hour: Black Storm

Posted by Arctic Wolf on May 27, 2017

Allen Smith – Master Blender, Mount Gay Rum

Several weeks ago, I was given an opportunity to interview Allen Smith, Master Blender at the Mount Gay Distillery in Barbados. Smith was promoted to Master Blender at Mount Gay Rum Distillery in 2010. In this role, Allen overseas all aspects of the brand’s new blending facility at St. Lucy with a continuing focus on innovation shaped by his years of experience.

One of the topics I brought up was the Cocktail Revolution and how Mount Gay Rum is reacting to this world-wide trend. Allen responded by noting how bartenders and mixologists have embraced his rums:

” As I travel across the globe and meet rising bartenders and mixologists, I love how they are embracing Mount Gay. They are coming to me to learn about the key aromatics in our rums, so that when they create their cocktails they are enhancing the spirit rather than masking it. I’m thrilled to hear that they are mixing our rums and creating delicious drinks with it.”

During the Interview, Allen said, that although he prefers to drink his rum directly from the barrel (neat and at full strength), occasionally he does enjoy a certain cocktail as well, the Black Storm. The Black Storm is of course a variation upon the popular Dark ‘n Stormy. It is though mixed with Mount Gay Black Barrel Rum rather than with Goslings.

The Black Storm

My interview with Allen Smith will be published in a few days, and I thought that a nice way to introduce that interview would be to feature Mr. Smith’s preferred mixed drink and the rum he prefers to mix with, Mount Gay 1703 Black Barrel.

The Black Storm

2 oz Mount Gay 1703 Black Barrel
Citrus Wheel (usually Lime)
ice
5 oz Ginger Beer

Add ice and a citrus wheel to large glass
Add Mount Gay 1703 Black Barrel Rum
Top with ginger beer

Enjoy Responsibly!

If  you are interested in more of my original cocktail recipes, please click this link (Cocktails and Recipes) for more of my mixed drink recipes!

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I hope you enjoy the Black Storm. My alluded to Interview with Allen Smith will publish on Monday, and my review of Mount Gay 1703 Black Barrel Rum will publish on Friday.

Chimo!

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