Mount Gay XO
Aged: 12-17 Years
Alcohol: 40% (80 proof)
Availability: Almost Everywhere
Price: $30-$40 (750 mL)
In the inner circle of Rum enthusaists, Mount Gay Distilleries
is a name that stands out on reputation. They have been producing rum for over
300 years and every bottle proves they really know what they're doing. Mount Gay XO (Extra
Old) is the distillery's finest product, a blend of rums aged 12
to 17 years.
The bottle has wide rounded shoulders with a
bubbled neck, similar to another Bajan product,
Cockspur 12. Clean, simple and
elegant, the desgin of this bottle is impressive but yet humble
- allowing the rum inside to shine.
rum itself is an elegantly lustered brown-amber with gripping legs.
Immediately after the cork is removed, the aroma that rises is unmistakeably
Bajan and heavily reminiscent of bourbon. In fact, without aeration, the
Bourbon undertones almost overpowers the other aromas. Given a few
minutes to breathe, however, the warm notes of oak, nuts and
caramel are released and this rum really begins to awaken.
Flavors of brown sugar, spice, vanilla, oak, and, of course,
bourbon. Lingering burnt wood and molasses. Very complex and
robust, this rum's bite is firm and intense, but pure.
A small splash of cool, clean water
releases an additional taste of creamy bitter chocolate and maybe
a very faint fruitiness. Some of its initial character gets lost when
on served on the rocks, but is a fair trade with the slight gain of
approachability - A perfect pairing for medium to heavy cigars.
Later in the evening we tried pairing this rum with a Romeo y Julieta Reserve Maduro
Belicoso for a poweful combination that could very well leave
the unsuspecting light-headed.
Another occasion paired with an
Avo LE #5, which was was also great.
Mount Gay XO is a classic standard,
the rum by which all others are judged and is universally
considered one of the best sipping rums on the market. I would
have to agree, and believe this to be a rum of exceptional
Pick up two next time you're out, and send me one.