Mount Gay Eclipse Black is a recently-released 100-proof rum from Barbados. It rounds out Mount Gay’s Eclipse collection, which already includes a Silver and Gold rum. All Mount Gay rums are crafted with two stills – a traditional pot still and a column still – but Mount Gay Eclipse Black features a higher percentage of pot still distillate than the company’s other products. This, along with the higher proof (which equals less water dilution), yields a bolder, more flavorful rum.
Mount Gay Eclipse Black is made from a blend of single and double distilled rums aged from two to seven years, and it’s aged in lightly-charred American white oak casks.
On the nose it’s full of banana, clove and molasses. It’s warm but not overly alcoholic. Take a sip to taste flavors of toasted oak, brown sugar, tropical fruits, spices and sweet vanilla. It’s full-flavored and finishes with some warm, peppery spice. Considering its proof, it’s quite smooth from start to finish.
Mount Gay Eclipse Black is a simple, user-friendly rum that can be consumed neat, but will likely find its mark as a mixer (both ginger beer and Coke seem like solid options). That said, do at least try it straight. It goes down easily, and a single ice cube is all you need to temper the heat.
– 50% ABV
CE Rating: ★★★