Wednesday, October 25, 2023


The Barbados based Mount Gay Distillery, has announced the launch of the first release in a new annual series.

Mount Gay Single Estate Series – First Edition (55% ABV) is a pot still distilled single estate Barbados Rum - comprised of their 2016 and 2017 harvests, which was matured in ex-Bourbon casks.

Mount Gay Single Estate Series - First Edition

This latest release from Mount Gay, which is celebrating its 320th anniversary year – having been founded in 1703, is said to embody and celebrate the terroir of the birthplace of rum; Barbados.

In 2015 Mount Gay acquired 324 acres of the old Mount Gay Estate, and for the first time in centuries, the distillery was a fully vertically integrated operation from cane to bottle. Since then, the team have harvested Estate sugar canes each year, transformed them into molasses, before fermenting, distilling and ageing in St Lucy at the distillery. The Estate distillates were expertly looked after by Master Blender Trudiann Branker until she knew the rum was ready for release.

Mount Gay Single Estate Series – First Edition, is said to deliver notes of pear, plum, fresh cut flowers, dried fruits, nutmeg and lemon on the nose. Followed by notes of pineapple, sea salt, leather, ripe yellow banana and star anise on the palate.

Commenting on the launch, Trudiann Branker, Master Blender at Mount Gay, said: “The Single Estate Series is as Barbadian as rum could be. Growing Barbadian sugar cane to make Barbadian molasses, and bringing every element of the rum production together at our home in St Lucy, the birthplace of rum, was a unique journey. This release is a first for us, the first estate rum we launch at Mount Gay. Like any first, it has been a huge adventure for the whole team. We learnt to farm sugar cane, we learnt to mill sugar cane. We created Barbadian molasses that, for the first time, was not a byproduct of making sugar, it was the product focus. The Single Estate Series rum speaks to this quality of molasses, and of Barbados rum making”.

Mount Gay Single Estate Series – First Edition, is now available from Master of Malt and Hedonism Wines for a RRP of £345.00.

Posted by Steve Rush