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.