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Posted by on Mar 14, 2014 in Boating Lifestyle, US | 3 comments

Mount Gay Rum: Future Uncertain?

In what may seem a familiar issue for sailors worldwide, the truth surrounding the future of Mount Gay is buried deep in a "rum fog".

When I heard that future supply of Mount Gay Rum might be in jeopardy, I was tempted to drown my sorrows with what could be my last bottle. But since the sun was not yet over the gunnel, I turned instead to the internet for solace. And once I dug into the story a little, I wondered: was I already deep in a rum-fog? Or maybe the principals have been talking to the press only after testing their own products?

Mount Gay hats

Mount Gay’s red hats are icons at sailing events around the world.

Apparently there are both a distillery and a refinery that bear the Mount Gay name on the small island of Barbados. Rum-making ceased at the Refinery six months ago, though the world somehow continued spinning on its axis.

Meanwhile, producers of rum at Mount Gay Distilleries Limited say they are “still very much in business.” “Our production of Mount Gay Rum continues as normal,” said managing director Raphael Grisoni.

While the controversy swirls on Facebook and elsewhere, I know where I’m heading this afternoon. To the local liquor distributor, to stock up on a case or three of Mount Gay Rum… just in case.

I’ll post an update, once the rum-fog clears.


  1. The old refinery with pot stills that made heavy dark full flavored rum for Eclipse, Mount Gay XO and 1703 luxury rum has ceased making rum, but the brand of Mount Gay has been sourcing light column still rums from another large distillery on the island and pot still rums from yet another distillery nearby. The cost of creating these old-style authentic Bajan style rums (not an efficient process) was getting rather high and the brand was apparently looking for ways to cut costs, so they changed their sourcing by purchasing less and less authentic pot still rum for the original source over the past six or seven years. Finally, the old refinery ceased making rum and is trying to sell the facility to Mount Gay, but this big company believes they have the refinery over a barrel, if you will. Will customers be able to tell the difference in the blend of heavy and light rums in their bottle of Mount Gay? That is the question. In any case, the workers at the plant are victims of cost cutting measures and games of rum chess. They don’t deserve to be put in the middle of this mess.

  2. Robert, thanks for the explanation. Now it makes sense… And agreed, the employees deserve better. Please keep us posted if you hear any updates.