Mount Gay Distilleries, the makers of the world’s oldest rum, has announced the release of the latest limited-edition batch of its rarest and most revered rum: 1703 Master Select.
The 1703 Master Select blend features a blend of copper column and copper pot rums from Mount Gay’s oldest reserves – ranging from 10 to 30 year old rums – created and hand-picked by Master Blender Allen Smith.
Mount Gay releases just one batch of 1703 Master Select annually. Approximately 12,000 bottles will be released worldwide as part of this year’s small batch, which was selected, bottled and labeled individually by hand. This year’s batch, will also debut in a brand new premium bottle that will proudly feature the rum’s heritage year and details on the exact cask it matured.
Mount Gay Rum – Master Blender Allen Smith
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“The most important ingredient in 1703 Master Select is time,” said Allen Smith, Mount Gay Master Blender. “We spend years carefully monitoring our rarest barrels to achieve a perfect balance of flavors. It may take time, but when it all comes together, the taste is worth the wait, but once it’s gone it’s gone and you have to wait until the following year.”
Since its launch in 2009, the 1703 Master Select aromatic profile has been heralded by rum experts for its elegance and complexity, delivered in a full body and smooth finish. The name pays tribute to Mount Gay’s legal deed, dated February 20, 1703, which confirms the existence of a “Pot Still House” at Mount Gay’s distillery in Barbados, establishing Mount Gay as the world’s oldest rum producer.
1703 Master Select will be available at select premium liquor and spirits stores in more than 85 markets starting this month in celebration of the brand’s 314th birthday. Offered in 750ml or 700ml bottles dependent on country at 43% ABV (86 proof), 1703 Master Select will sell for a suggested retail price of $150. The Mount Gay brand is owned by Rémy-Cointreau.