A rare example of triple-distilled rum from Barbados’ Mount Gay distillery.
In 2007 Frank Ward, a member of the Ward family that had owned Mount Gay for over 100 years, experimented with triple distillation. Run entirely through their McMillan pot stills, it was aged in ex-bourbon barrels and given the moniker Mount Gilboa.
The Ward family sold Mount Gay in 2014, and Italy’s Velier picked up a number of the matured Gilboa casks. This release is a vatting of the 19 oldest barrels from that purchase and is likely to never be repeated.
The barrels were aged in the tropics, where they encountered over 65 percent angel’s share loss. It was bottled 2017 as a ten-year-old at 59%.
Oak Barrel tasting notes:
The nose showcases banana lollies, cut grass, chalk, esters, icing sugar a slight minerally and medicinal note. Quite intense initially it softens with time. Finish is sharp, with dashes of stone fruit.
Luca Gargano’s Velier is a famed Italian importer that has become one of the most important rum bottlers in the world. A pioneer of rum classification and transparency, the releases are finally making their way to Australia.