Recently, I found myself sitting in the tasting lab at the Mount Gay distillery tucked away in the canefields of St. Lucy, Barbados, getting schooled in rum-making by master blender Allen Smith. In a conversation that delved into many obscure topics, it was a far more routine discussion that finally stumped him.
Why were all of the bottles of Mount Gay Eclipse I was seeing on store shelves labeled as being 43 percent alcohol by volume, while I was certain the bottles I had seen in America were labeled 40 percent? Smith had just added yet another wrinkle: In Australia, Eclipse is released at 37.5 percent.
© 2014 Bryce T Bauer