Spirits Review

Mount Gay Black Barrel Rum

With Black Barrel Rum, Mount Gay master blender Allen Smith blends aged pot-still rums with aged column-distilled rum and then moves them into charred Bourbon casks (“black barrels”) to create a spirit that tastes as if a rum had a baby with a Bourbon that was one-quarter Scotch. It’s saline and smoky, with the spice, citrus and molasses funk common to Barbados rums, and cherry and cola-like characteristics that make it a perfect gateway rum for whiskey drinkers. Use it in a Manhattan for a softer and rounder variation on the classic.

Reviewed in W&S August 2013.