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Mount Gay Black Barrel Rum Now Available In Singapore

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A common situation to most people is a palate that changes as we age, and for those looking to keep their taste buds entertained, there’s a new spirit available in Singapore that might just give the right challenge.

Mount Gay Rum started its journey in 1703 and carries the title of “World’s Oldest Rum Producer”. The distillery is named after the founder Sir John Gay. Mount Gay Rums are handcrafted using a blend of single and double copper pot distillates and later matured in toasted (some say charred) first-fill oak barrels. Their portfolio of rums includes the newly-launched Black Barrel, 1703 Old Cask Selection, Extra Old and Eclipse.

During the launch of the Mount Gay Black Barrel in Singapore, Brand Ambassador Miguel Smith explained about the entry into Asia and Singapore: “The appreciation and demand for rum is still fairly new as compared to other brown spirits here in Singapore. Smooth enough to sip yet very cocktail friendly…[my] hopes are that Black Barrel will both inspire and be a larger part of the ingenious and busy cocktail scene here in Singapore.”

Miguel shared some tips for the new-to-rum drinker to better enjoy the spirit. These include context that rum that is drank neat tends to have a longer finish; and those for cocktails have shorter finishes. Rums also show different notes when exposed to time and air, so it might be good to save some of the drink when tasting a new rum, to finish later.

Tasting notes for their range of rums as follows: 

Mount Gay Black Barrel Rum

Black Barrel:

A blend of single and double distillate; aged independently and in charred bourbon casks for 6 – 18 months

Colour: Nice, golden medium

Nose: Sweet, strong notes of vanilla, chocolate, banana

Taste: Flavourful, vanilla, fresh bananas

Finish: Warm, medium finish

Mount Gay Extra Old

Extra Old:

Voted “Best Rum in the World” by the Monde Selection

Colour: Dark golden

Nose: Peat, banana, vanilla, coffee

Taste: Sulphur, oily, full-in-the-mouth, strong bananas, sweet

Finish: Long, lingering finish

Mount Gay 1703 Rum


Blend of double distillate for between 10 – 30 years.

Colour: Dark golden

Nose: Robust, oak, vanilla

Taste: Wood, oily, banana, caramel, sweet

Finish: Long finish

For those looking to get a taste of the Mount Gay Black Barrel in Singapore – either neat or cocktail (or both!) – head over to some of these selected bars (websites are shared in bold) across Singapore including: 

Bitters and Love at North Canal Road

GEM Bar at Ann Siang Hill

Jekyll and Hyde at Tras Steet

Jigger and Pony at Telok Ayer

The Mad Men Attic Bar at North Canal Road

Nektar at Scotts Road

Cuba Libre at Clarke Quay

Potato Head at Keong Siak

Sugar Hall at Amoy Street

The Scarlet Hotel at Ann Siang Hill

Waku Ghin at Marina Bay Sands




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