Episode 89: Mount Gay XO

Liquor and Liqueur Connoisseur

Feb 4 2022 • 22 mins

Episode 89 features Mount Gay Barbados Rum, the XO expression. From the birthplace of rum, Barbados, this rum is aged between 5 and 17 years, and bottled in 750ml at 43% ABV, or 86 and it retails for $65. Enjoy this episode with a pour of Mount Gay XO neat. Mount Gay's official website: https://www.mountgayrum.com/ (https://www.mountgayrum.com/) Brief Historical Timeline: 1637 - Sugar cane is introduced to the island of Barbados 1703 - A deed of title noting commercial rum distillation on the plantation that became Mount Gay is produced. 1747 - John Sober buys the plantation and hires Sir John Gay Alleyne to manage it. 1801 - Sir John Gay Alleyne dies, but impressed the Sober family so much, they rename the plantation in his honor (there was already a Mount Alleyne, so they used his middle name) 1897 - Mount Gay Rum is singled out as one of the best rums in Barbados 1900s - Aubrey Ward purchases Mount Gay and consolidates it with other sugar cane plantations 1920s - Blending and bottling come under the control of new company Mount Gay Distilleries Ltd. 1948 - Aubrey Ward dies, leaving the Mount Gay holdings to his children 1980 - 60% of Mount Gay Distilleries Ltd. is sold 1989 - Rémy Cointreau buys the 60% stake in Mount Gay Distilleries Ltd. 2014 - Rémy Cointreau buys controlling interest in Rum Refinery of Mount Gay and the Oxford plantation adjacent to the distillery 2015 - Rémy Cointreau buys the Mount Gay Plantation land for $4.9 million 2019 - Trudiann Branker becomes the first female Master Blender for Mount Gay Key Cocktails: Just drink it neat, or with one large coconut water cube of ice. References: https://www.remy-cointreau.com/en/brands/mount-gay/ (Rémy Cointreau Group Brand Listing) https://cocktailwonk.com/2018/12/barbados-rum-cheat-sheet.html (Cocktail Wonk Barbados Rum Cheat Sheet) https://cocktailwonk.com/2019/01/mount-gay-cornerstone-of-caribbean-rum.html (Cocktail Wonk Mount Gay Rum Article) https://youtu.be/Ci3HrS4mSMo (YouTube Video Featuring Trudiann Branker) https://youtu.be/WJ9--bMdVJg (YouTube Animated Brand Story) https://youtu.be/jWO3TCUYzKY (YouTube Taste the Islands Video) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mount_Gay_Rum (Wikipedia Article on Mount Gay Rum) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_Barbados (Wikipedia Article on History of Barbados) https://www.isosugar.org/sugarsector/by-products (International Sugar Organization Article on Molasses) https://vinepair.com/articles/mount-gay-rum-guide-barbados/ (Vine Pair 9 Things to Know About Mount Gay Rum) https://www.diffordsguide.com/producers/84/mount-gay-rum-distilleries-ltd (Diffords Guide Listing) Contact Information: Official show website is: https://www.liquorandliqueurconnoisseur.com/ (www.liquorandliqueurconnoisseur.com) Join my mailing list: http://eepurl.com/hfyhHf (http://eepurl.com/hfyhHf) Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/liquorandliqueurconnoisseur (https://www.facebook.com/liquorandliqueurconnoisseur) Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/LiquorandLiqueurConnoisseur/ (https://www.instagram.com/LiquorandLiqueurConnoisseur/) Twitter: @LLConnoisseur