Rum Review: Mount Gay Extra Old
Mount Gay Extra Old
Up for review today is Mount Gay’s Extra Old rum. Mount Gay doesn’t provide any age statement on the bottle or their Web site, and while I have seen references indicating the product contains rums up to seventeen years old, the Ministry of Rum contends it’s a blend of seven, eight and ten year-old rums. Not in dispute is the fact that the Extra Old is aged in used Kentucky bourbon barrels and bottled at 83 proof. Let’s take a closer look at this fine Bajan product.
The bottle is substantial but plain. The shape is fairly unique, however, and the bottom of the bottle is quite thick. The black ink chips away easily from the gold label revealing unattractive nicks, but all in all, it’s a good presentation. Let’s remove the thick foil covering from the natural cork stopper and see what’s inside. (It should be noted that this particular bottle has an ill-fitting cork. It’s quite loose and I imagine if I turned it upside down, the rum would coming pouring out. Cork is a natural product and variations are to be expected, but this is a quality control issue, and will lead to rapid oxidation.)
In the glass, the rum is gold, copper and bronze depending on how it’s struck by the light. A swirl of the snifter yields an oily ring atop the glass that gives way to numerous legs that recede slowly.
The nose has a mild astringency, but it’s not unpleasant. The first scent is of banana, followed by oak, vanilla and cream. Let’s take a sip.
The mouth feel is slick, and my mouth is quickly and thoroughly coated with flavors and sensations. There is a significant heat that moves uniformly from front to back, leaving a lingering burn in the back of my throat. I realize at this point that the feeling of the rum is detracting from my ability to enjoy the flavors. Time to dig deeper. The flavors present are as in the aromas—banana, cream, vanilla and oak. There is a lingering toffee flavor that combines with a black pepper note throughout the long finish. The taste is decidedly dry. There is virtually no sweetness here.
The Mount Gay Extra Old is a solid product, and it’s hard to quibble with a distillery that’s been producing rum for over three hundred years, but I must admit I was expecting more from this rum. The mouth feel left something to be desired and the flavor combination left me a bit flat. Now if you’ve read my other reviews, you’ll note that I do tend to prefer Central and South American rums, and they are certainly sweeter than Bajan rums in general. That said, the Plantation Extra Old is also from Barbados, and it’s one of my favorites. In summary, the Mount Gay Extra Old gets a solid “B” grade as you’ll see below.
Now for the scores:
- Appearance 1/1
- Aroma 1.5/2
- Mouth feel .5/1
- Taste 3/4
- Aftertaste 2/2
- Total 8/10
Have you had Mount Gay Extra Old? Do you think it deserves a higher score? Let me know in the comments section below.