Cocktails and Subways: Mount Gay Rum
In this installment of Cocktails and Subways, I discuss the Mount Gay Rum Event.
Last night, team Mount Gay hosted a 310th birthday soirée for their Mount Gay Black Barrel rum. Media and Taste-makers alike came out to both celebrate and learn about the process that surrounds making this rum that is native to Barbados. The event was hosted by master blender Allen Smith, and held at the SoHo Grand Hotel. During the course of the evening guest were treated to three versions of the popular rum: Manhattan, On the Rocks, and in cocktail form as a Dark n’ Stormy… affectionately renamed “Black n’ Stormy”. The event space was set up into 4 different stations: 1. Raw Ingredients, 2. Blending and Maturation, 3. Distillation, and 4. a relaxation room/ Bar area.
Food was also served during this event. I totally forgot to take photos of the awesome cheese platter that perfectly complimented the rum. Trays of radishes stuffed with blue cheese, tomatoes stuffed with goat cheese, tuna tartare, beef sliders, and my absolute favorite…. Scallops wrapped in Bacon! Dessert was also served, but I didn’t make it that far lolll. By the end of the evening my cocktail count was up to 4 *whew* which cased me to be 10 minutes late to work today, lolll.
UMMMM so I am a Blogger, and that means I am allowed to be crude, lolll. As I stated on Twitter last night, “That rum was smooth like a vibrator on a lonely night” lmaoooo. I didn’t imagine it to be so good. I often go to events, and it is rare that I actually add a brand into my stable of favorites. Mount Gay Rum certainly has character. It is so light in flavor and texture, that it’s perfect as a stand alone drink. If you are a cocktail enthusiast such as myself, I insist that you add no more than one ingredient. You wouldn’t want to complicate the rum by adding a ton of distractions. One part ginger beer, and three parts Mount Gay Rum is all you need. I wish I could have stayed all night, but the lights came on at 9:30 and I had to make it home. This is probably the best quality rum I have had in a long time.
Facts about the Brand: Mount Gay Rum
- Started in Barbados in 1703. Originally called “Kill-Devil” by the Barbadians who first distilled it. is truly a product of the island. The abundance of molasses combined with the culinary ingenuity of early settlers and, of course, their legendary thirst for alcohol lead to this unique discovery in the production of spirits. Sir John Gay was a respected leader and businessman who worked tirelessly in service of the island of Barbados.
- Mount Gay Rum is the product of over 300 years of knowledge, experience and refinement applied to the process of making rum. Each of our rum’s complex flavors have been coaxed from natural Barbadian ingredients and the input of many generations of master blenders, distillers and the evolving palates of rum shop patrons.
- The island of Barbados is formed of coral limestone, a porous stone which acts as a natural filter for the groundwater deep beneath the island. This water is subsequently filtered three more times, resulting in some of the purest water available.
- Barbadian sugar is among the finest in the world, yielding exceptional molasses. In the 18th century, Barbadian molasses had come to be called “Black Gold” because of the additional revenue it provided after the process of refining crystallised sugar from sugar cane.
- The art of fermentation truly begins when molasses and coral filtered water are combined with a proprietary strain of yeast, selected exclusively for Mount Gay Rums. Since opening the doors of the first still house, this process has been conducted in the open air of Barbados.
- For over three hundred years, the distinct bold character of Mount Gay Rum has been developed in traditional double copper pot stills. An innovative distillation technique in 1703, this process has been in continuous use by Mount Gay ever since.
- In tropical Caribbean climates, the process of ageing is unpredictable. One year could mature a rum as much as three years or as few as six months. For Mount Gay the focus is on maturation over ageing. Today, Mount Gay Rums are matured in charred white oak barrels, barrels which previously held American whiskey.
Side Note: I ran into Leonardo DiCaprio’s twin brother last night lolll. Ok not twin brother, but they could very well be twins 🙂