5-Star Mount Gay 1703 Old Cask Selection Rum
As Floridians, we are lucky to be so close to the islands producing the great rums. Especially Barbados, “The Cradle of Rum,” whose Mount Gay is the oldest distillery in the world (founded 1703 as the label says) and makers of “The Rum that made Rum.” I have never seen rum this good at such a world-beating price. I’m serious, this is a historic rum made from the oldest rums in Mount Gay’s reserves, some as old as 30 years, which to my knowledge are are the oldest rums to be bottled. Think about other Whiskies and Spirits that old, like Pappy 20yr, Hennessy XO and others and what they cost and here you have pauper’s pricing, comparatively. Mount Gay’s master blenders, led by Allen Smith, sorted through old barrels (originally used for Kentucky bourbon) before assembling this magnificent rum made in pot stills fastened to the floor with bolts bigger than bottles. Layers of banana, sweet oak, vanilla, caramel, almonds and fruitcake spice are a monument to rum making. Offering it is our tribute to world-class rum.
…this is molasses-based rum at its international finest; a clinic on what oak-aged rum should be aromatically. Entry is ideally balanced between vigor/freshness and oaky maturity; ends up graceful yet potent. Mount Gay’s pinnacle achievement.