Historically, Rum has played an important part in many cultures, not least the West Indies. Barbados, in particular now produces a Rum far too special not to have a mention in Lussorian.
Production of Mount Gay has continued since 1703. Staggering really, but this does make Mount Gay the oldest distiller in the world. Using rich sugar cane and the coral filtered water of Barbados, Mount Gay have been around this long for a reason.
Mount Gay Rum 1703 Old Cask Selection – This is quite frankly superb. Blended from Mount Gay`s prized reserves of 10 to 30 year old rums, the finished product having a real mix of depth and sweet.
Oak and Leather combine heavenly with caramel, spices and, bizarrely, Banana. Thankfully,
RRP £125, 70cl (Harrods, Selfridges and Fortnum and Mason).
Mount Gay also produce a more wallet friendly rum, Mount Gay Rum Extra Old. Slowly matured in Kentucky oak, Mount Gay Extra Old is one of the most awarded rums in the world.
Mount Gay Extra Old is a sublime sipping rum, packed full of the Barbados ethos.
Recent award wins for Mount Gay Rum Extra Old –
* Gold Medal – 2010 Drinks Business Rum Masters
* 91/100 Excellent – 2010 Ultimate Spirits Challenge
* Silver, Best in Class – 2009 IWSC
* Grand Gold Award & Gold Award – 2009 Monde Selection at International Institute for Quality, Brussels
RRP £37.49, 70cl (Harrods, Selfridges Harvey Nichols, Drinks Direct, TheDrinkShop.com). Also available at all premium hotels and bars
If you are an admirer of Rum, You have to try Mount Gay. If you are new to Rum, start with the very best. In these cold times, I find Rum warms the soul like nothing else.
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