If you follow me on Instagram you may have seen that I was in Barbados just a couple of weeks ago. And if you follow me on Instagram you will also know that I’m back in Wisconsin and drowning in snow again! How I wish I could be back on the sandy beach with a Mai Tai in my hand! But the reality is that I’m back to real life and only left with the memories of a wonderful vacation in Barbados, and an exciting and informative tour of Mount Gay Rum.
I had the opportunity to leave the resort for a few hours on my vacation and venture into town to mingle with the locals. Barbados is known for it’s rum and Mount Gay has been distilling rum for over 300 years! The sugarcane molasses, water purified by coral limestone and proprietary yeast make Barbados and Mount Gay the perfect match for the perfect line of rums. All of their rums are matured in charred white oak barrels that previously held American whiskey. Our tour started with a serving of Rum Punch and ended with a tasting of five of their delicious rums!
Following our educational tour we were treated to a rum cocktail and food pairing lunch hosted by their mixologist and chef! Our first course was a Goat Cheese Potato Croquet Topped with Black Barrel Shredded Cod Fish. Sounds like a mouthful? It certainly was! I’m normally not a fish person but I did try the fish portion to get a sense of the flavors and they were delicious! This course was paired with a Silver Lemon Drop made with Mount Gay Silver, their clean white rum with notes of citrus.
Our second course was Coconut Eclipse Rum Infused Barracuda with Local Herb and Vegetable Risotto. Again, I’m not a fish person but I did try it and the flavors were amazing. There was a sauce infused with rum drizzled over the fish that exploded with flavor in your mouth and of course, I’m always a sucker for risotto. This dish was paired with a cocktail called Passion & Spice. This drink featured the Mount Gay Mauby Rum, passion fruit juice, falernum and spices. Mauby is a drink native to Barbados made of Mauby bark. I smelled the bark on our tour, and it smelled like a baby’s diaper. Thankfully this cocktail did not taste or smell the same way!
Our tasting finished with dessert: Granny’s Orange Cake Soaked with XO Rum. The flavors were amazing and the cake was soaked in a citrus sauce made with the XO Rum. XO stands for Extra Old and this rum is super smooth with a rich, oaky finish. The cocktail that was paired was called Bitter Sweet and it certainly packed a punch! The cocktail featured the XO rum, falernum, ginger syrup and orange bitters.
As with many of the locals that we encountered in Barbados, everyone was more than friendly at Mount Gay. Our tour guide made it fun and interesting, and the chef put on a real show. He was filled with stories of growing up on the island and his passion for cooking. And of course, the mixologist served up some delicious rum cocktails that I plan to make at home with the bottle of XO that I purchased!
If you’re in Barbados I would highly recommend paying a visit to Mount Gay! AND if you’re looking for a flavorful rum at home, you can actually find their rum in most grocery and liquor stores!
Special thanks for Mount Gay Rum for hosting us during our visit to Barbados!