Rum - Gold

Mount Gay Eclipse Gold Refined Barbados Rum

From: Barbados Liquor Review Category: Gold Rum

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Tier 1
This is a Tier 1 score in the Rum category. It means the spirit has won the highest recommendation at least once and probably many times.
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Awards

San Francisco World Spirits Competition

  • 2005
  • 2008
  • 2009
  • 2011

Beverage Testing Institute

  • 2006
  • 2008

Wine Enthusiast

  • 2005
  • 2007
  • 2014

Proof66 Notes

Mount Gay Distilleries traces its brand of rum all the way to 1663 and claim to be the "oldest brand of rum in existence." It was founded by two officers: Ensign Abel Gay and Lt William Gay and the label still bears their name to this day.  Mount Gay is is in the "northernmost parish of Barbados" and claims rum producing as far back as 1703 and perhaps earlier.

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Rabble Reviews

This bottle has 6 ratings and 5 reviews.
KaiserSoze KaiserSoze (232)
Rating: 3.5 (2016-10-12)
Not as good as Pussers but goes well with Coke and Ginger Ale and can stand up respectably in a painkiller.
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Yankel W. Yankel W. (70)
Rating: 3.0 (2015-09-08)
The nose exploded out of the bottle - fruit and fruit - and then calmed down by the time it was glassed. There is no Homer Formby here, and the "opened" nose is pleasant enough but light. On the palate it is some sweet but not cloyishly so. A good peppery finish and the pleasant warmth which lingers. My guess would be that in a mixed drink containing any other bold flavors, the Eclipse would disappear. I drink rum at room temp, perhaps with several drops of a good water. Eclipse coats the glass but not with the viscosity of the Black Barrel, not taking nearly as long to reach down to the main pool as the Black Barrel. This is a pleasant sipper and you needn’t debate long about "complexity" as this is a young but not rough-around-the-edges rum. I rate three stars, since the Black Bottle is a 4 star, leaving the 5 stars for the older aged expressions. I think it obviously priced a bit high - but, given the sugared alternatives, this is a pleasant safe bet with no added sugar (according to recent tests). Thank Capn Jimbo for the Sugar Tests! For a mixer, you might prefer something a bit rougher and pushy. If the Rabble Rating system were further fractionated, say 1 - 10, I would put this at a 6 with Black Barrel at 8. But, as a sipper. I don't drink coke under any circumstance, so can't help anyone on that account.
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lpy89 lpy89 (201)
Rating: 3.0 (2015-07-07)
A good cheap mixing rum with good molasses presence with fruitiness like mangoes and apricot. Not as bold in flavor like Appleton but it is one of the more bolder flavored rums i have encountered. Although this is not my first-choice gold rum, it can work and i highly encourage people who still haven't tried this to give this a shot.
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ChrisCarlsson ChrisCarlsson (328)
Rating: 3.0 (2010-09-03)
A decent relatively dry rum. I'm not overly impressed with it, it is a bit light in flavor and substance compared to some but well made.
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CapnJimbosRumProject CapnJimbosRumProject (31)
Rating: 4.0 (2010-08-09)
At The Rum Project (link follows) Sue Sea and I have independently reviewed over 120 rums. MG Eclipse is usually considered a fine mixer, but we dare you to taste it. Recently - in desperation - we bought a snifter of Eclipse to drink straight. Boy, were we surprised. For the amazing review and many, many others: http://rumproject.com/rumforum//viewtopic.php?t=264&highlight=eclipse
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