Mount Gay Rum

You wouldn’t know it, but the tiny island of Barbados is a dreamer’s paradise. Because its warmth, charm, and sophisticated people help make everyone’s dream come true. Tucked away on the northern tip in St. Lucy Parish, Mount Gay Rum has granted many a wish to everyone connected with it.
Allen Smith’s Life Changed in One Moment

Allen Smith’s Life Changed in One Moment

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Before he was Master Distiller for Mount Gay Rum, Allen Smith wandered the globe traveling to the U.S., Jamaica, U.K and back. At a crossroads of identity he bought a one-way ticket home to Barbados. With only 6 months of money, he wondered how would his island receive him? 'At the terminal, police recognized me immediately, took me aside, asked if I had called my mother. It's what Barbadians do. Family is an important part of life,' said Smith. His Barbados family was strong and he soon got a job as a lab tech assistant at Mount Gay.

With Mount Gay Rum, Allen's life changed forever. His innate strengths in chemistry and tasting analysis helped him to become Master Distiller. Under his management he now crafts over 12,000 Rum barrels under bond. Recently, with the changing demands of the market for innovation, he can experiment more. 'We're using Kentucky charred American oak and sherry and port wine barrels for aging. It is truly amazing to be a part of Mount Gay Rum.'

What makes Mount Gay Rum different? 'The substruct of land is coral and limestone which filters the water. We use a configuration of column and pot still blends to give the liquid body. We use a proprietary yeast for fermentation. And, with our warm climate, chemical reaction happens quicker. 10 years in barrel in Barbados is like 30 years in Scotland,' said Smith. As a French company, Mount Gay also exemplifies the French influence of methodology, complex blending for balance, and luxury expertise.

Darrio Prescod Embodies the Rum Shop and Rum culture

Darrio Prescod Embodies the Rum Shop and Rum culture

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A good day for Darrio is finding one of the best surf breaks, like Bathsheda on the eastern coast, then walking up to a rum shop with friends. 'Everyone will gather, bring some food and we'll buy a bottle of rum to sit, play cards and talk. And if it ain't Mount Gay Rum, it ain't right,' said Darrio.

As a Mount Gay Rum Brand Ambassador, Darrio's smile can disarm the toughest critic. He believes in being 'Rumspired' and exemplifying the culture and tradition of Barbados Rum. 'Have fun, enjoy yourself' is his only requirement at the Mount Gay Rum Visitors Center in Bridgetown. Showing the kind of exceptional hospitality that is found throughout the island, he'll order you a spiced rum punch or pour you 'Mount Gay 1703' a 10 to 20 year aged blended Rum with a pot-stilled character and banana, spice, and caramel accented flavor. Not bad for a dreamy day on Barbados.

The People of Mount Gay Rum

The People of Mount Gay Rum

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A land deed from 1703 for Mount Gay corroborates it's claim as the oldest rum distillery in the world. The history of Mount Gay rum reveals itself as you explore the island of Barbados and meets it's people. Community is very important, Mount Gay employs nearly 200 people with workers from the bottling line to the blending room, focused and respectful, taking great care in every step of the Mount Gay production.

'It's who we are and what we do. It's a way of life. To be a part of Mount Gay is not just the company, but to live the Rum way of life. To gather with friends and family and enjoy everyday,' says Darrio with authority.

Fast Fact: Mount Gay Owns 331 Acres of Pure Sugar Cane

Fast Fact: Mount Gay Owns 331 Acres of Pure Sugar Cane

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Owning a sugarcane field is a luxury many rum brands cannot afford. The majority of rum in today's marketplace is distilled from molasses imported from large sugarcane producing countries in South America or Africa. And with the thirst for rum in the US increasing, exceeding $2 billion annually, rum distilleries vie for the best allocation of sugar and molasses.

Mount Gay's well-balanced and iconic flavor profile of Vanilla, Banana, Mocha, and Apricot is partly achieved by harvesting their own 331 acres of sugarcane fields. In 1703, when Mr. John Sober inherited the land and recruited his friend Sir John Gay to manage the distillery no one knew how exceptional this land, and the rum made on it, would become.

On this tiny island of Barbados, no larger than 116 square miles, one would imagine this precious sugarcane field to be gated and locked. But in the 'Rumspired' spirit of Barbados, you can walk right up to the field, listen to the bristling palms and cane stalks and feel the sea air move you. Ever dream of owning an island? Then visit Mount Gay on Barbados!

- Jaclyn Beazley, Tastings.com

Allen Smith’s Life Changed in One Moment
Darrio Prescod Embodies the Rum Shop and Rum culture
The People of Mount Gay Rum
Fast Fact: Mount Gay Owns 331 Acres of Pure Sugar Cane
Mount Gay Rum
You wouldn’t know it, but the tiny island of Barbados is a dreamer’s paradise. Because its warmth, charm, and sophisticated people help make everyone’s dream come true. Tucked away on the northern tip in St. Lucy Parish, Mount Gay Rum has granted many a wish to everyone connected with it.

Allen Smith’s Life Changed in One Moment

Allen Smith’s Life Changed in One Moment
Photo Credit: Tastings.com
Before he was Master Distiller for Mount Gay Rum, Allen Smith wandered the globe traveling to the U.S., Jamaica, U.K and back. At a crossroads of identity he bought a one-way ticket home to Barbados. With only 6 months of money, he wondered how would his island receive him? 'At the terminal, police recognized me immediately, took me aside, asked if I had called my mother. It's what Barbadians do. Family is an important part of life,' said Smith. His Barbados family was strong and he soon got a job as a lab tech assistant at Mount Gay.

With Mount Gay Rum, Allen's life changed forever. His innate strengths in chemistry and tasting analysis helped him to become Master Distiller. Under his management he now crafts over 12,000 Rum barrels under bond. Recently, with the changing demands of the market for innovation, he can experiment more. 'We're using Kentucky charred American oak and sherry and port wine barrels for aging. It is truly amazing to be a part of Mount Gay Rum.'

What makes Mount Gay Rum different? 'The substruct of land is coral and limestone which filters the water. We use a configuration of column and pot still blends to give the liquid body. We use a proprietary yeast for fermentation. And, with our warm climate, chemical reaction happens quicker. 10 years in barrel in Barbados is like 30 years in Scotland,' said Smith. As a French company, Mount Gay also exemplifies the French influence of methodology, complex blending for balance, and luxury expertise.

Darrio Prescod Embodies the Rum Shop and Rum culture

Darrio Prescod Embodies the Rum Shop and Rum culture
Photo Credit: Tastings.com
A good day for Darrio is finding one of the best surf breaks, like Bathsheda on the eastern coast, then walking up to a rum shop with friends. 'Everyone will gather, bring some food and we'll buy a bottle of rum to sit, play cards and talk. And if it ain't Mount Gay Rum, it ain't right,' said Darrio.

As a Mount Gay Rum Brand Ambassador, Darrio's smile can disarm the toughest critic. He believes in being 'Rumspired' and exemplifying the culture and tradition of Barbados Rum. 'Have fun, enjoy yourself' is his only requirement at the Mount Gay Rum Visitors Center in Bridgetown. Showing the kind of exceptional hospitality that is found throughout the island, he'll order you a spiced rum punch or pour you 'Mount Gay 1703' a 10 to 20 year aged blended Rum with a pot-stilled character and banana, spice, and caramel accented flavor. Not bad for a dreamy day on Barbados.

The People of Mount Gay Rum

The People of Mount Gay Rum
Photo Credit: Tastings.com
A land deed from 1703 for Mount Gay corroborates it's claim as the oldest rum distillery in the world. The history of Mount Gay rum reveals itself as you explore the island of Barbados and meets it's people. Community is very important, Mount Gay employs nearly 200 people with workers from the bottling line to the blending room, focused and respectful, taking great care in every step of the Mount Gay production.

'It's who we are and what we do. It's a way of life. To be a part of Mount Gay is not just the company, but to live the Rum way of life. To gather with friends and family and enjoy everyday,' says Darrio with authority.

Fast Fact: Mount Gay Owns 331 Acres of Pure Sugar Cane

Fast Fact: Mount Gay Owns 331 Acres of Pure Sugar Cane
Photo Credit: Tastings.com
Owning a sugarcane field is a luxury many rum brands cannot afford. The majority of rum in today's marketplace is distilled from molasses imported from large sugarcane producing countries in South America or Africa. And with the thirst for rum in the US increasing, exceeding $2 billion annually, rum distilleries vie for the best allocation of sugar and molasses.

Mount Gay's well-balanced and iconic flavor profile of Vanilla, Banana, Mocha, and Apricot is partly achieved by harvesting their own 331 acres of sugarcane fields. In 1703, when Mr. John Sober inherited the land and recruited his friend Sir John Gay to manage the distillery no one knew how exceptional this land, and the rum made on it, would become.

On this tiny island of Barbados, no larger than 116 square miles, one would imagine this precious sugarcane field to be gated and locked. But in the 'Rumspired' spirit of Barbados, you can walk right up to the field, listen to the bristling palms and cane stalks and feel the sea air move you. Ever dream of owning an island? Then visit Mount Gay on Barbados!

- Jaclyn Beazley, Tastings.com