mountgayxoWe’ll be having few rums now starting with the Mount Gay Extra Old, it’s probably the best known Barbados rum and known to sponsor many sailing competitions, owned by Remy Cointreau, the XO is said to be around 8 years old, mainly double pot distillates (says so on their web page) aged in ex-bourbon.

Colour: amber +3.

Nose: molasses, beeswax, vanilla, bananas, pineapple, orange marmalade, coffee liqueur, raisins, dates, cedar wood, furniture polish, very fruity and not overly sweet, very pleasant.

Taste: again molasses, vanilla, ripe tropical fruit, apricot, bananas, raisins, almonds, very nice profile, getting very oaky, lots of wood sap.

Finish: long, vanilla, grass, wood bitterness.

Comments: it’s a British style rum, not too sweet, expressive nose, very nice profile, the bitter finish takes a little getting used to, I like it so much better than the sweet ones I’ve had (Zacapa, Pyrat, etc), I probably like it a little better than my goto rum Havana Club 7 (however it’s also 2,5 times the price), about 80 points.