Mount Gay

Rum Journal: A Pair of Special New Rums from Barbados

By: Caribbean Journal Staff - October 25, 2016

BRIDGETOWN — Barbados’ Mount Gay is among the Caribbean’s venerable rum brands (and the world’s oldest), so when the company launches a rare new expression it’s a special event.

That’s the case with the new limited edition Origin Series: Volume Two, The Copper Stills Collection.

This is the second “volume” of the company’s new Origin Series, which shines a light on the company’s distillation process (the first was a pair of young rums aged in different barrels).

The limited-edition production, which was created by master blender Allen Smith, features two expressions: Copper Pot and Copper Column, and Rum Journal got a first-hand look in Bridgetown at the company’s visitor center.


Each rum consists of 100 percent of each method of distillation: one 100 percent distilled in a copper pot still, the other in a copper column still, then barrel aged or six years.


So what are they like?

First, the Copper Pot, which  has a light aroma of candied fruit, and a flavor profile of citrus peel, banana, almond, pepper and a hint of bourbon.

The finish is dominated by vanilla, with a hint of spice.

This is a flavorful, robust rum.

The Copper Column, however, has a decidedly muted aroma, with a very smooth flavor profile of molasses, brown sugar and caramel, and an oh-so-silky-smooth finish.

They’re both lovely rums, although the bolder Copper Pot expression has more character.

Regardless, this dual-rum box is a must for any rum collector.

In other words, it’s time to make a trip to Barbados to go buy some.

— CJ

Popular Posts

The 10 Best Overwater Bungalows in the Caribbean, From Aruba to Belize

Overwater villas at Caribbean resorts aren’t just a novelty — they’re also among the most luxurious and beautiful accommodations you can stay in. And while all of the bungalows perched above the waves have their charms, some stand out among […]

The 10 Best Luxury All-Inclusive Resorts in the Caribbean, From Antigua to Jamaica

all-inclusive hammock cove

All-inclusive resorts are more popular than ever, particularly in the Caribbean. The all-inclusive concept just keeps winning over travelers, who have been drawn to the ease, comfort and convenience of the concept. But the biggest thing within the space isn’t […]

The Bahamas’ Atlantis Paradise Island Just Completed a $150M Renovation

walking on the beach in nassau

A new eatery by Michelin-star Chef Michael White. A new-look casino. State-of-the-art guest rooms and the Caribbean’s first Shake Shack.  The Bahamas’ Atlantis Paradise Island resort has officially completed a $150 million resort-wide renovation, a significant project that included a […]

Related Posts the galleons ferry

New Caribbean Ferry to Connect Guyana, Barbados and Trinidad

A landmark new ferry service connecting three Caribbean destinations is anticipate to launch service in the next few months, according to Guyana President Dr Mohamed Irfan Ali.  The ferry, the product of a partnership between Guyana, Trinidad and Barbados, will […]

Caribbean Photo of the Week: Speightstown, Barbados

speightstown barbados with red umbrellas

The latest Caribbean Photo comes from Caribbean Journal reader Michaela Dawkins, who sent in this lovely photo of the beach in Speightstown on the northwestern coast of Barbados. Have you taken a great photo in the Caribbean? Send it to […]

American Airlines Is Launching Two More Nonstop Routes to Barbados 

a beach at the sea breeze in barbados

It’s no secret that Barbados has big designs on tapping the US travel market, and in recent months, the island’s efforts have been paying off. First, the island secured more flights from Miami for the holiday.  Last week, Delta Air […]


Sign up for Caribbean Journal's free newsletter for a daily dose of beaches, hotels, rum and the best Caribbean travel information on the net.

No. Thank You