Mount Gay Reveals 2024 Master Blender Collection Rum

Mount Gay Master Blender Collection: The Coffey Still Expression rum
Mount Gay Master Blender Collection: The Coffey Still Expression.

Mount Gay has unveiled the seventh limited edition in the Master Blender Collection: The Coffey Still Expression.

This release is the first coffey still release by Mount Gay since the still was recommissioned in 2019. This edition is in Tribute to Reynold “Blues” Hinds, celebrating the legacy of the late distiller who was a pivotal figure at Mount Gay in his career spanning over 50 years.

This years Master Blender Collection is meant to offer a glimpse into how rum was made back in the 19th century when the coffey still was invented. One of the first types of column stills invented, the distillery has a 100% copper coffey still that operates as one of three globally, the company says. In disrepair for decades, the still was recommissioned in 2019 and this is the first time a distillation has been released since.

This would not have been possible without the work of Blues, according to the distillery. It was his knowledge that allowed engineers to restore the historic still and its recommission in 2019, which otherwise would have been lost. Today, it is called the Blue’s Still at Mount Gay in recognition of this industry icon. He contributed to the craftsmanship of Mount Gay until his passing in 2021.

To honor the historic distillation on the coffey still, this release is made using 100% molasses from Barbados. The single batch of copper coffey still rum has aged in St Lucy, Barbados for four years in heavily charred ex-bourbon casks, bringing out rich oak and honey notes, the distillery reports. The result is a floral and round rum. On the nose is pear, vanilla, nutmeg and light leather aromas. The palate brings grapefruit, oak, honey and lightly spiced notes of cinnamon.

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“Crafting this expression was a journey into the heart of Mount Gay’s history,” says master blender, Trudiann Branker. “Blues’ influence on the rums we all enjoy today is immeasurable, and this release is a tribute to his legacy and the craftsmanship that defines Mount Gay.”

The Master Blender Collection: The Coffey Still Expression comes bottled at 58% ABV and is non-chill filtered. This expression is limited to 5,004 bottles and will be available at retailers throughout the world in 70-cl. size for a $240 suggested retail price.

This follows the recent release of Mount Gay Eclipse Navy Strength Rum.

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