Mount Gay Origin Series (Part 1)

“It’s ready when it’s ready, not before.” – Mount Gay Rum Master Blender Allen Smith

Back in February I was rushing through Grantley Adams Airport in Barbados, hoping that the unusual hour-long wait in immigration and security wouldn’t prevent me from getting my duty-free rum. I wasn’t worried about missing my flight because who wouldn’t like another day in beautiful Barbados?

Mount Gay Black Barrel

I thought my first post about rum be about the brand that made me love rum: Mount Gay. It is the world’s oldest rum and established on February 20, 1703. Named after Sir John Gay Alleyne, a British descendant that also happened to part of Barbados’ parliament and was a financier of education, Mount Gay Rum has a fascinating history. I highly recommend the rum tour at the Mount Gay Visitor’s Center in Barbados. I’ll touch more on Mount Gay over time as they have a number of products (ie. Mauby, XO, 1703, Silver, Eclipse, and a small batch collector’s series).