The Barrel Sample: Mount Gilboa Rum

Was checking my samples and I was incredibly excited to have found this dram of the Mount Gilboa. Why? Because it’s somehow relevant to my next review, just keep an eye out on my website.

This is a rum made at the Mount Gay Distillery before its ownership changed to Remy Cointreau and its production was ceased. It was made by the Ward family and it was solely a pot still rum, something you don’t see coming out of Barbados very often.

Mount Gilboa is molasses based, pot still (triple) distilled and aged for about 4 years in ex-Bourbon barrels. Bottled at 40% ABV and free of sweeteners.

On the nose the pot still is quite obvious. Mints, stone fruits, vanilla and moth balls. Palm sugar, unripe pineapple and lime zest. Cashews, toothpaste and raspberries. A very interesting profile, quite minty on the nose.

On the palate it reminds me of a milder Rum-Bar Gold. Tic Tacs, biscuits, unripe bananas, mango, brown sugar and unripe peaches. Whipped cream, ginger, wasabi, toffee and yellow apples. Some raw cacao nibs and blackberries. The finish is medium with peppermint and tropical fruits.

Okay, honestly, too bad this is not made anymore. It is a bit young, would’ve loved a bit more wood, but still, it’s very aromatic and quite complex with tropical, minty, bright flavours. Used to be around £35 for a bottle and it surpasses many £35-rums out there.

Mount Gilboa Rum score:
Flavour/taste: 49/70
Value for money: 14/15
Transparency/purity: 15/15
Overall: 78/100


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