This tasty, over-proof rum is both reasonably priced and sophisticated enough for straight-up sipping. No wonder it’s so popular.
While there’s still a fair bit left on the shelves, we feel it’s only fair to warn readers that the eminently hoard-able Mount Gay Eclipse Black Rum is starting to disappear in Toronto. Probably, in part, because of the price—$37.95—which is more than fair for this tasty, over-proof rum.
Most boozehounds at least think to pick up a bottle or two of rum for summer cocktails, but the category can still be a tough sell as a more sophisticated liquor for straight-up drinking. In fact, there are plenty of rums suitable for straight sipping, and Mount Gay Eclipse is a pretty good contender.
This, despite being over-proof, which usually conjures up images of fire-water that needs a good masking by way of its old pal, cola. Not this one, however, since Mount Gay eclipse has all the hallmarks of a good rum: ripe fruit aroma, a light body and a dry finish. It would also be spectacular in a rum Manhattan thanks to its potent alcohol content.
2 ounces dark rum + 1 ounce sweet vermouth + 1 dash orange bitters + 2 twist of orange peel, for garnish
Fill mixing glass about halfway with ice and add ingredients. Stir well, for at least 30 seconds. Strain into chilled glass and garnish.
Mount Gay Eclipse Black Rum, VINTAGES 271734, $37.95