Posted by Arctic Wolf on November 26, 2010
The rum renaissance is well under way in my home province of Alberta. Yesterday I received word the arrival of one of the most highly anticipated premium rums, Mount Gay 1703, Old Cask Selection. The Mount Gay 1703 is a premium rum blend which features aged rum stocks from selected barrels of the Mount Gay treasured reserve. These barrels have been aged 10 to 30 years and feature the best that Mount Gay has to offer in the areas of Craftsmanship and Quality.
But do not take my word for it, at the recently held Ultimate Spirits Challenge Mount Gay 1703 waltzed away with the coveted Chairman’s Trophy.
“This is a fantastic sign of appreciation for the brand. Remy Cointreau can pride itself on possessing the best rum in the world, as selected by the greatest experts”, stated Hugues Le Marie, their International Brand Director.
It is hard to argue the point. The Mount Gay 1703 scored a nearly impossible 97 pts out of 100, at the Ultimate Spirits Challenge. As well, other spirits writers have lauded similar praise upon this premium rum. Dave Russel of R & D Reviews scored the rum 9.5 flasks out of 10, when he published his review on January 1, 2010. And Drinkhacker gave the rum a score of A- in his recent review.
These accolades are from gentlemen whose reviews I respect. This accounts for my recent excitement at Mount Gay’s introduction of the 1703 Old cask Selection to my local.
In case you were wondering, here was my review written several months ago:
So I spread a warm welcome to the Mount Gay 1703, hopefully your stay in our Province is for more than just a short while.
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Posted by Arctic Wolf on April 18, 2010
Mount Gay 1703 Old Cask Selection
1703 is the year that the Mount Gay Rum was first produced on the Isle of Barbados, making Mount Gay Rum one of the oldest, if not the oldest brand of rum in the world. Because Barbados is situated as a gateway from the Atlantic to the Caribbean, sailors from the Old World often used the island as the first resting point on the way to the New World. This meant Barbados was ideally suited for trade between the two worlds in the eighteenth and nineteenth century. Part of that trade was rum which is why the island is rightfully considered the birthplace of the rum trade.
The Mount Gay 1703 Rum is a premium blend which features aged rum stocks from selected barrels of the Mount Gay treasured reserve. These barrels have been aged 10 to 30 years and feature the best that Mount Gay has to offer in the areas of Craftsmanship and Quality.
Here is an excerpt from my review:
“…The rum has a bright coppery colour with black stains. It looks very rich and lively in the glass almost like a shiny new penny. A swirl of the glass shows a nice sheen of oil on the sides with small legs tricking back into the rum. Dark molasses and baking spices rise to my nostrils followed by a smokey leather. Perhaps it is the colour of the rum fooling me, but I catch a scent of copper pennies in the air as well…”
Here is a link to the full review:
As well you may enjoy my Cocktail Suggestion… Romantic Traffic
I would like to thank the First Edmonton Chapter of the Rum Chums for providing the Sample of Mount Gay 1703 for this review. It is truly great to have found friends such as these!!
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Posted by Arctic Wolf on April 14, 2010
Photo Courtesy Rum Runner Imports
Doorly’s Fine Old Barbados Rum
A new premium rum hit the store shelves in Alberta recently. It is being brought to this market by Rum Runner Imports (RRI), a Vancouver based import company who have recently invaded my home Province with their Doorly’s Fine Old Barbados Rum and a new Rum Liqueur called Mamajuana.
I was contacted by RRI, and asked if I could provide reviews for each of these products. Of course, I was happy to oblige.
Doorly’s Fine Old Barbados Rum is a product of R. L. Seale & Co. Ltd. It is distilled in Barbados which is considered by many sources to be the birthplace of rum dating back to 1651 where the first known recorded written usage of the word Rum Bullion appears. Rums from Barbados are called Bajan Rums, and I have previously reviewed two other Bajan rums, Mount Gay Extra Old Rum, and Cockspur 12 year Old Rum. As you read the review for Doorly’s X.O., you will notice that I find the rum to be much different in flavour than the other Bajan rums I reviewed. It has a lighter more laid back style which appeals to my northern palate; here is an excerpt from my review:
“…Over a period of two weeks, I sipped Doorly’s X.O., and I was captivated by contradiction. The first flavour I noticed was a sweet mild caramel toffee, yet in spite of the mild flavour, my tongue was also greeted with a tart orange peel and oak tannin. Apricots seemed to dance in the flavour profile with whispers of cherries, only to turn into bananas and raisins when I take the next sip…”
Please read the full review here:
Also I have provided two cocktail suggestions of mine for your enjoyment and one cocktail suggestion forwarded to me by Rum Runner Imports. Enjoy the review.
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Posted by Arctic Wolf on February 2, 2010
The origins of rum on Barbados stretch all the way back to 1637, when the first stalks of sugar cane were brought to the island by Pieter Blower from Brazil. Almost immediately sugar plantations and factories sprang up to produce sugar and molasses. The molasses, which is the byproduct of sugar production, was being distilled, and the resulting distillate was sold in bulk as early as 1650. This product first called ‘kill devil’ was sold to taverns and ships, and by 1650 over 200 thousand gallons were being sold. The word ‘rum’ is believed to have originated in Barbados as a shortened form of the name ‘rum bullion’ which appeared in 1651 as a listing of a ships manifest by an unknown visitor to Barbados. This is why Barbados is generally accepted as the possible birthplace of rum. Today rum remains one of the largest exports for the Barbados economy.
Cockspur Rum, was founded over one hundred years ago in 1884. The rum company has a rich history and their rum is widely regarded as amongst the very best in the world. A friend of mine found and purchased a bottle of the Cockspur 12 rum about six months ago. He offered to give me a large enough portion so that I could review the rum for my blog, and I gladly accepted his kindness. I am truly blessed to have such friends as I do. Here is an excerpt from my review:
“Several flavours jumped out at me on first tasting. Toasted vanilla and charred molasses grabbed my taste buds first, and then I was subdued by a lurking tobacco richness that swelled up and filled my mouth. …“
You may read the full review here:
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