Mount Gay XO

Mount Gay XO

Price: $40 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Mount Gay / Remy Cointreau

Region: Barbados

43% ABV

Distillate: Molasses

Aged For: NAS, claims average around 8-10 years

Cask Type: Ex-bourbon

Chill Filtered: Yes

Additives used: No

Color: Tawny

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Molasses, oak, coffee, Caramel, tannins, and sugar

Mouthfeel: Light bodied

Palate/Taste: Bright molasses, followed by oaky tannins, toffee, and cigar tobacco

Finish: Medium warmth and length, Oaky and drying, molasses, brown sugar, bourbon

Thoughts: Very straightforward Bajan rum, it’s actually a bit boring to be honest, but as any easy to find aged rum it’s better than many of it’s dosed competitors in the same price bracket.

Score: 78 out of 100

Mount Gay Black Barrel Seneca W&L Select


Paid: $25 for 750ml

Distilled/Owned by: Mount Gay

Region: Barbados

43% ABV

Distillate: Molasses

Aged For: NAS, average 3-8 years

Cask Type: Ex-bourbon, finished in re-charred bourbon barrels

Chill Filtered: Yes?

Additives used: None



Color: Tarnished gold

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Coconuts and demenara sugar, honey, charred oak, vanilla

Mouthfeel: Medium body

Palate/Taste: Vanilla, pepper, oak, baking spices, molasses, banana

Finish: Light to medium warmth, medium length, Oak and cinnamon with ginger, molasses and vanilla

Thoughts: From what I have found about the store picks, is that the store choses the blends of rums that go into the bottle, so depending on who does the selection this could be very hit or miss. I am a huge bourbon drinker, so the strong bourbon flavors from this are very much to my palate.

Score: 82 out of 100