New Product Adds To Relaunch Of Black Barrel and XO Blends
Called the Port Cask Expression, it is a complex blend that is in line with the signature Mount Gay Rum profile with a twist; giving notes of cherry, dried fruit, oak, prune and almond.
It is part of the Master Blender Collection, which recently also resulted in the relaunch of two other products, Black Barrel and XO blends. The Master Blender Collection debuted in 2018 with XO: The Peat Smoke Expression created by former Master Blender Allen Smith. In 2019, the award-winning Pot Still Rum was unveiled as Trudiann Branker’s first release as the Distillery’s new Master Blender.
“For this expression, I wanted to take our rum making to another level and utilize a cask that we don’t typically work with at Mount Gay, while still remaining true to over 300 years of brand heritage,” stated Trudiann Branker, Master Blender. “After trying different casks and evaluating the resulting flavors, I selected Tawny Port casks for the bold expression of notes typically found in Port.
“I am thrilled to release this rich and multi-faceted rum, as well as create something unique and different as part of the Master Blender Collection.”
For this small-batch release, Branker found Tawny Port casks to be the most interesting; the Tawny Port marrying harmoniously with rum imparting flavors of almond and red fruit. To create the unique expression, Branker used a blend of rums distilled in a traditional column still aged for five years in Tawny Port casks, together with rums double distilled in a copper pot still aged for 14 years in American whiskey casks and finished in Tawny Port casks for one year.
The result is a rich and multi-faceted profile, unveiling different aromas with every sip. It is best enjoyed neat, slightly chilled with a piece of dark chocolate.
Mount Gay Port Cask Collection Rum Tasting Notes:
- Aroma: vanilla, caramel, almond, dried fruit
- Appearance: amber with tawny hues
- Palate: cherry, dried fruit, oak, spice, prune, currents, almond
Bottled at cask strength (55% abv), Mount Gay: The Port Cask Expression is non-chill filtered in order to preserve its rich aromas and precious natural color. It is limited to 2,100 750ml bottles in the USA and will be available on ReserveBar.com, Caskers.com, and nationwide at select premium retailers from $175 RSP.