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A full bodied rum from Barbados, very enjoyable. This was awarded its 5th Gran Gold award at the Monde Selection in Brussels, as well as a trophy at the 2001 International Spirits Challenge in London.
Nose: Oaky, dry. Very fragrant, sweet.
Palate: Rich, sweet and fruity. Tropical.
Finish: Light char, biscuity, molasses.
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Being a huge fan of Mount Gay Black Barrel and having a little extra coin in my pocket one evening, I thought I'd give XO a shot. Two words: LOVED IT! Damn near perfect for sipping. Doesn't quite finish as peppery as the Black Barrel, but has a more complex taste and seems bit more full-bodied. Sweet with the distinct flavor of molasses. A bit nutty. Very enjoyable. And it's affordable!
30th January 2017
A really delicious rum in the sweet chocolate style. Great value for sipping or mixing.
5th November 2016
It's not bad. when you drink this first it's actually rather nice, you know, for a €38 rum.some oak, a little moss. maybe some nuts. if it's your second drink of the day however and the first was a good whisky or rum with a good palate, i fear this one as a follow-up will lack a bit of character and taste more oaky and sugarcane-y, even rather alcoholy..not bad, but not a keeper to me. plantation xo beats this.
2nd November 2016
One of the best tasting rums from the Caribbean
1st October 2016
Tried lots of rums and brandy. After a holiday in Barbados I fell in love with this MGXO. Now even better, I've found it for £35 instead of £50 I used to pay in Macro...
11th September 2016
My favorite! Simply the best!!
25th May 2016
Amazing balance of sweetness and strength
16th April 2016
I like the taste but find that Plantation XO beats it hands down.
6th January 2016
Excellent in all respects.
22nd December 2015
One of the best tasting run I have ever tasted
4th December 2015
Christmas with "Chuck's" special egg nog and this rum, amazing!
8th November 2015
This rum is of great quality. It's sweet sent, like a just opened banana baked in tinfoil on the BBQ with scoops of ice-cream melting on top, hide a subtle oak dryness its when drunk neat. Its honey & vanilla notes come out even more as you loosen it with Ice or mix it Cola.
23rd October 2015
I’m a whisky drinker and have been dabbling into rums a little bit lately and I was just beginning to lose interest as I hadn’t come across anything that I thought was that great. I tried Rumbullion which is nice but it’s more like a liqueur than anything, an extremely good, well-made and enjoyable liqueur but I’m just not a big fan of spirits that are artificially flavoured, especially to that extent. Also tried some others including Angostora 1919 and Havana Club 7 which were both pretty good, much more naturally flavoured but also both flawed. But when I tried this my eyes were opened to how good rum can be when it’s done right. It has that tropical like flavour you expect from Rum but it is so clean and flawless and has a wonderful maturity about it, it is just stunning.
7th August 2015
A smooth warm rum lots of taste to its wonderful flavours which leaves a nice aftertaste that lingers well a delightfull rum to drink neat and savour nothing bad to say about this rum don't believe me buy your own and find out
6th June 2015
Brothers in Barbados drink this like water from the morning, never Eclipse which is strictly for Rum Punch. Oh, the life
11th April 2015
MGXO, fresh lime, mint or Vietnamese mint (peppery taste offsets some sweetness) with dry gingerale and ice..most importatant, serve in a fine glass tumbler! You'll be on holiday the moment it touches your lips!
3rd November 2014
This has a superior quality to other rums I have tasted. The fruity dry taste with a hint of oak is perfect. I have tasted many rums and have to say it will take something special to knock this off the top of my favorite list.
30th September 2014
Flavours of banana and toffee, a very nice experience, but lacks something in this price range. I am yet to try the El Dorado 12 but have my eye on that. Although Mount Gay XO is an excellent rum I will not be buying a replacement bottle - it didn't quite captivate me enough.
5th June 2014
This is one I can't do without for its price. On its own I find it to be the finest rum, but even then a little underwhelming in some attributes. Still, if I had to pick only one rum (how sad a concept) it would be MGXO. Now I have to come clean about what I do with it. First, the corks on some bottles are not snug so I save old corks for future bottles, just in case. Second, and some of you are gonna hate this, I pour half of a new bottle into an old de-labeled MG bottle and fill it with Pyrat, another (supposed) XO. As I said, MGXO is a little underwhelming. Pyrat is a little Overwhelming on the nose and palate, yet less burn than MG. Blended, however... Whole New Worlds come alive! I don't even touch it with (Mexico Bottled = Real Sugar) Coke. That's what my few remaining bottles of MG Black are for. No, this blend is amazingly drinkable on the rocks.
5th May 2014
Coke made with refined cane sugar- refining removed the molasses. Mount Gay is made from fermented molasses. remixing the two creates a very complex, vanilla, light spiced rum and coke second to none. No hang-over. Or drinking it neat is the next step. I will never want another rum.
19th March 2014
Even better value - get it!!!
7th February 2014
Cracker rum..full of flavour and long lasting on the palate..one of my go to rums along with Appelton 12yo, El Dorado range & Diplomatico reserva..any new takers will not be let down.
13th December 2013
While raiding my buddy's teetotaling father's liquor cabinet some years back, we discovered an old unopened bottle of this shoved into the back behind the mostly empty Jacks and Absoluts and such. The label looked completely different than today's. "Extra Older," if you will. Not having had much rum besides stock Bacardi and Captain M here or there, this was a delicious surprise. Complex smooth mellow sugar banana deliciousness! It was a true find and is wonderful to sip, maybe with a stone or two. Haven't mixed it, but I'm sure it would make a good rum cocktail exceptional...YAY VERILY
28th November 2013
I first had this in a mojito in a bar in Sydney and it blew me away - I had to go back and find the same bartender to discover what rum he used!! Even in a cocktail, it stood out massively!! Delicious
30th June 2013
This got to be one of the very best spirits in the world today, not that i've tasted all of the best, or even close but this puts the bar sooo high. Watta Rum... And for the price a real bargain
28th February 2013
As a rum drinker for many years, of Trinidad origin, I have tried many, discarded many, and would say that this is amongst my favourites along with Santa Theresa 1376, Diplomatico Reserva, Pampero Anniversario, English Harbour 7 yrs, ...to name a few. Smooth, great nose, not overly oaky. Good sipping rum, great with mixers (best with proper coca cola or ginger ale), a good export for Barbados, brings the sunshine out on a winters days...enjoy.
1st December 2012
This is the real deal: smooth, consistent-like an old friend you know you can depend on. The flavor is complex with a smooth feel and a long finish. Every rum lover should have a bottle on hand.
31st August 2012
This is presently my favorite Rum... Lovely sweet undertones of fruit with just a hint of banana. Great shaped & heavy bottle spoiled by cork stopper that is too small to seal properly.
8th May 2012
Let's be honest, this rum doesn't need my praise. It doesn't need anything, except to be enjoyed by all avid rum fans. I actually laughed gaily when I tasted it. Oh the memories.
31st January 2012
A nice, smooth, well-bodied rum. Smells great and tastes great too. I will definitely be buying a bottle.
28th September 2010