Mount Gay Gum has released two small-batch expressions which highlight the difference between a copper pot still and a copper column still.
The Copper Stills Collection is the second “volume” in the brand’s exclusive, limited-edition Origin Series. Created by master blender Allen Smith, the small-batch release tells the story of the two unique methods of distillation.
The pairing rums are identical in ingredients, fermentation and maturity, but differentiated by distillation: one is distilled entirely in a copper pot still while the other is distilled only in a copper column still.
Allen said: “We created the Origin Series collections so that we could give rum drinkers the unique
opportunity to experience rum by tasting the pure essence of the distinct distillation methods and a deeper understanding of how each part of the process can change the taste of rum entirely.
“Copper Pot is a rich, intricate interpretation of signature Mount Gay aromatics, robust in flavour and body, while Copper Column is a delicate and mellow expression of our classic profile.”
While the Mount Gay Rum flavour profile is typically achieved through the blending of both distillation styles, Volume Two was crafted to give consumers a deeper understanding of the subtleties imparted by each still to allow them to become a more informed rum drinker.
The Copper Pot Rum features complex, interwoven notes of chocolate, coconut and almonds, while the Copper Column Rum is light-bodied with a short, crisp finish highlighted by floral and sweet fruit notes.
Like Volume One of the Origin Series which featured Virgin Cask and Charred Cask varieties, Volume Two is presented in bespoke packaging as a 375ml pairing and comes with a detailed booklet that gives an overview of the creation of the two rums. The packs are available at £65 in retail.