Rum Of The Year Rum Of The Year

Mount Gay XO Triple Cask Blend Single Traditional Blended Rum

As ever, we've sought out some of the best brains in the spirits business, including bartenders, writers and experts, to help us choose The Whisky Exchange Rum of the Year. Eventually, we arrived at a shortlist of just six bottles – the very best rums we've tried over the last 12 months.

It was a tough choice to make, but ultimately we're thrilled to announce our Rum of the Year: Mount Gay XO Triple Cask Blend.

A blend of rums drawn from three different cask types and matured for between five and 17 years, this is a fruity, flavoursome and exciting spirit.

The Winner Mount Gay XO Triple Cask Blend Single Traditional Blended Rum

Mount Gay XO Triple Cask Blend

70cl / 43%



£71.36 per litre

The 2020-release of Mount Gay XO rum is made with rums matured in a combination of American whiskey, ex-bourbon and ex-Cognac casks for between five and 17 years. The result is a spicy, fruity rum with a creamy, smooth palate.


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Tasting Notes

The Whisky Exchange head buyer Dawn Davies MW and Mount Gay brand ambassador Miguel Smith taste the Mount Gay XO, dig into its history and talk about its new look.

About Mount Gay

Established on Barbados in 1703, Mount Gay can make a credible claim to being the world's oldest, continuously-operational distillery.

Having made traditional Barbados rum for more than three centuries, it's safe to say Mount Gay knows its business, and now produces rums in a variety of styles, from young, fragrant spirits perfect for cocktails, to well-aged rums matured in a wide variety of cask types – and often more than one.

Mount Gay has helped to sculpt the very foundations of Barbadian rum – even, indeed, of rum itself.

The Shortlist

Buy All Four! Of The Year 2021 Winners Collection

215cl / 34.4%


£78.14 per litre

Try all four winners and see why they are our favourites of the year. Whisky from an exciting and forward-thinking Islay distillery, rum from a truly foundational distillery, gin from the beating heart of Scotland's spirits trade, and a classic Champagne from an esteemed house – four very different and exciting bottles.

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