Friday, November 16, 2018

Mount Gay Eclipse Since 1910

Mount Gay Eclipse

     Mount Gay’s signature is carefully blending aged rums, and its flagship label, Eclipse, claims to be the world’s very first such blend.   Like many whiskies, the majority of which are blended or “vatted,” the single malt term for mixing, combining rums from different barrels and ages allows the master blender to create a consistent and desired taste profile, whereas single barrel bottlings are unpredictable and can be good or not so good. But Mount Gay takes this concept a step further, and for more than century, its products have been blends of spicier rums produced in traditional small batch pot stills and the ones produced in tall column stills, for a nuanced roundness distinctive to the brand, a best of both worlds approach.
     Eclipse was created in 1910 and named for a momentous event that occurred on May 9, 1910, a total eclipse of the sun.  It showcases the distillery’s four signature taste characteristics found to varying degrees in all Mount Gay products; ripe bananas, sweet vanilla, mocha and bitter almond. Eclipse is light in body, perfect for cocktails, and at less than twenty dollars a bottle, it is an exceptional value proposition given its high quality, a blend of rums aged 2-7 years.
      This is a rum that is good anytime, mixed in a cocktail, neat or on the rocks.  It is one of the most versatile expressions in the world, and available almost everywhere.  Give this one a try, I think that you will really enjoy it.