About Mount Gay XO Triple Cask Blend
Mount Gay Distillery is located in Barbados. The brand dates all the way back to 1703 and is said to be one of the oldest rum houses in the world. The distillery, initially named Mount Gilboa, was renamed at the turn of the 19th century, adopting distillery manager Sir John Gay Alleyne’s namesake.
Today the distillery produces high-quality rum using the best ingredients, which includes coral-filtered water, a combination of naturally-occurring yeast and their proprietary strain. They employ a combination of pot and column stills, blending together the intense aromas and flavors of the first with the smoothness of the second. Over the past 4 decades, they have had 4 Master Blenders, the current one being Trudiann Branker. The spirit matures in American Whiskey, Bourbon, and Cognac oak casks, with others being brought in for various special editions. Mount Gay is home to the largest stock of aged rum in Barbados.
The Mount Gay XO Triple Cask Blend expression is the successor to their famous hit, the XO. The XO Triple Cask Blend is a small-batch reserve rum that is distilled using a traditional column and double retort pot still. It’s a blend of a handful of meticulously selected mature rums that is matured in American whiskey, bourbon, and cognac casks. While they used to be aged 8 to 15 years, the numbers now stand between 5 and 17 years. It’s a well-rounded and complex rum that fills its predecessor’s shoes with ease, and then some.
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Rum history allegedly started in the Carribiens in the 17th century when they started to ferment and distill molasses, a byproduct of sugar production. Most of the Rum is aged in oak or ex-wine casks, giving its color and flavor.
We distinguish between 4 different Rum categories, where white or unaged rum is mainly used in cocktails, while dark, spiced, and añejo (aged) rum are mostly enjoyed neat.