Mount Gay Black Barrel Rum
Mount Gay // Barbados
Mount Gay, located in Barbados, traces its roots back to 1703 and is known as the oldest rum distillery in the world. Black Barrel is the newest offering to the Mount Gay line of rums released in summer of 2013. Master blender Allen Smith marries double pot and column distillates that are first individually aged in ex-bourbon barrels before being blended and finished in heavily-charred oak barrels. It is bottled at 86 proof. Note: As of April 2020, this blend and label has been updated with the new version displaying master blender Trudiann Branker's signature.
Dark RumAKA Black Rum. Usually aged (but not always) and has additional caramel-coloring added to provide the dark/black color. Some are distilled from blackstrap molasses. No specific type or size barrel required for aging nor is there a set time required for aging in most countries with a few exceptions.
"Aromas of allspice, mace, marzipan, toasted almonds, lime, and lemon zest are all notable in the bouquet with delicate elements of smoky wood and subtle vanilla bean. With one sip, big spice, round wood and cooked fruit reveal themselves with flavors of cinnamon, anise, molasses, caramel, vanilla, orange, pineapple, and a good note of smoky charred wood. The finish lingers with red plum, oaky vanilla and memories of a warm, boozy banana fosters."