Mount Gay - Twitter Tasting
Recently I was kindly invited to participate in a Twitter tasting focusing on Mount Gay rum. I love the way Twitter can be used as a platform to share an experience with like-minded spirits enthusiasts simultaneously, all from the comfort of your own home!
The Twitter tasting was organised and orchestrated by Pete Holland, (the incredible rum guru who created FloatingRumShack.com) in collaboration with Mount Gay rum and their UK representatives.
The parcel of samples arrived a few days in advance and was by far one of the best presented tasting sets I’ve ever received. Mount Gay sent branded sample bottles, (of a decent quantity!) carefully enclosed in a beautiful presentation box filled with parcel straw. They included a bottle of FeverTree Ale to create a cocktail as well as a branded coaster and a fun sticker. We received a tasting sheet detailing the order in which we would be discussing the rums on the night. All of this was lovingly wrapped in stunning paper complete with a wax seal.
For a company to take so much time and pay that level of attention to detail to provide their tasters with an experience as well as the liquid says a lot. I was impressed before I’d even opened a bottle.
Mount Gay are the longest continuous producers of rum, having been established in 1703. Situated on St. Lucy, the terroir contributes unique characteristics to their products along with the use of coral-filtered water. These two aspects play a vital part in the fermentation process which combines both open-air and closed.
The four rums we tasted through were:
1703 Master Select 2016
1703 Master Select 2017 – a special preview as this expression is due for public release imminently.
1. Black Barrel
Rich, deep inky molasses with a purple tone on the nose. Orange peel twisted with honeysuckle. A smooth, opulent palate with great length. A touch of coconut on the back. Silky, bright and inviting!
Deep, dusty and nutty. Like discovering a long forgotten wooden chest. A chewy orange hazelnut character on the palate alongside almond and red fruit. A little hot, but a bright finish. A more savoury style.
3. 1703 Master Select 2016
The 1703 Master Select series are hand-selected by Distillery Master, Allen Smith and can include a combination of over 55 different casks. Only one batch of 1703 Master Select is produced each year.
Deep aromas of sticky treacle and booze-soaked raisins. Marzipan and notes of acetone. The palate is sumptuous and silky. Chewy apricot and a touch of straw over icing sugar and a raisin finish.
4. 1703 Master Select 2017
Subtle, deep dusty red berries on the nose with marzipan raisins underneath. Enticing! An elegant, supple palate. A spiky black molasses point leading to deep treacle, hay and raisins.
It was a fantastic evening delving into the history of Mount Gay distillery, sharing tasting notes and experiences with fellow rum appreciators.
Like the rum itself, Twitter tastings have the power to bring people together, to introduce new friendships and to include everyone in a joyful community. I was especially pleased to see several people joining in the conversation even though they didn’t receive the sample rums themselves.