BRANDONS, Barbados, Nov. 1, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- To celebrate the 50 th Anniversary of Barbadian Independence, Mount Gay Distilleries, the makers of the world's oldest rum which has been distilled, blended and bottled in Barbados since 1703, releases 3,000 bottles of XO Cask Strength, a limited-edition of its award-winning spirit XO.
The handcrafted XO Cask Strength edition embodies the essence of Barbados, with an aroma that personifies the island's bold, but humble personality. From the inception of Mount Gay in 1703 to the historical day of independence in 1966 to now - Barbados and Mount Gay have continued to grow and strengthen together each year. Characterized by an elaborate and robust taste profile, XO Cask Strength symbolizes the rich culture and strong personality of both Mount Gay and its nation. "This is our tribute to the spirit of Barbados, the original birthplace of rum, and the people that make this island so unique," said Allen Smith, Master Blender. "To taste XO Cask Strength is to experience everything that fans love about XO, but it gives connoisseurs the special opportunity to enjoy the truest intensity of XO aromas straight from the casks." Acknowledged by renowned spirits experts as the gold standard for sipping rums since 1992, Mount Gay XO has won numerous awards including 3 consecutive Gold and Grand Gold awards from Monde Selection, Monde Selection's coveted 2002 "High Quality" trophy and the 2003 Silver Medal at the International Spirits Challenge. Featuring a blend of the finest spirits matured for eight to 15 years, the rich, oaky taste of the rum is rounded out by notes of ripe banana and toasted almond, followed by vanilla and spice, to create a smooth, unforgettable finish.