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Old 02-04-2010, 09:05 AM   #11
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I do not think it is twice as good...and I love MGXO. They are very similar in profile and quality...I'll be doing some "research" this weekend!!!
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Old 02-04-2010, 12:01 PM   #12
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In my reviews I found Cockspur a little more to my palate than MGXO. Although both were disappointments. I found the tobacco and oak flavours in the bottles overwhelmed my palate providing a bitterness which I did not enjoy.

I've always wondered how the climate up here affects my palate, as these two rums are so highly regarded elsewhere. A bigger disappointment was the Mount Gay 1703, which I sipped on Sunday with my Rum Group, The Rum Chums. Of the ten of us sampling the 1703, only one person actually liked it enough to have a second glass, The rest of us found it to be an oak tainted, woody and bitter, rum wrapped up in an expensive package.

Again I wonder if the cold climate affects our palates such that that the bitter notes are accentuated by our tastebuds. (It kind of makes sense really that in the cold climate our tastebuds would reject bitter tastes and be inclined to welcome sweeter tastes, an evolutionary trait to help us keep eating energy food in the winter.)
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Old 02-04-2010, 02:31 PM   #13
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In my reviews I found Cockspur a little more to my palate than MGXO. Although both were disappointments. I found the tobacco and oak flavours in the bottles overwhelmed my palate providing a bitterness which I did not enjoy.

I've always wondered how the climate up here affects the my palate, as these two rums are so highly regarded elsewhere. A bigger disappointment was the Mount Gay 1703, which I sipped on Sunday with my Rum Group, The Rum Chums. Of the ten of us sampling the 1703, only one person actually liked it enough to have a second glass, The rest of us found it to be an oak tainted, woody and bitter, rum wrapped up in an expensive package.

Again I wonder if the cold climate affects our palates such that that the bitter notes are accentuated by our tastebuds. (It kind of makes sense really that in the cold climate our tastebuds would reject bitter tastes and be inclined to welcome sweeter tastes, an evolutionary trait to help us keep eating energy food in the winter.)
I'd have to agree with Arctic Wolf. The first time i tried MGXO it was at the distillery tour in Barbados and I was not impressed. I felt overwhelmed by the spicy peppers (and i usually love spicy) and the tobacco-smokyness. My wife saw the grimace when I sipped and that said it all considering she knows how much I like rum. Granted, we didn't have enough time to let it sit and perhaps a cube or two of ice would have helped.

On the flipside, I truly enjoyed mixing it with sugar cane coca-cola. My method was evidently not scientific, and I did end up bringing a bottle back so that I could try it again. I still haven't had the guts to open it yet.
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Old 02-04-2010, 04:58 PM   #14
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A bigger disappointment was the Mount Gay 1703, which I sipped on Sunday with my Rum Group, The Rum Chums. Of the ten of us sampling the 1703, only one person actually liked it enough to have a second glass, The rest of us found it to be an oak tainted, woody and bitter, rum wrapped up in an expensive package.

Again I wonder if the cold climate affects our palates such that that the bitter notes are accentuated by our tastebuds. (It kind of makes sense really that in the cold climate our tastebuds would reject bitter tastes and be inclined to welcome sweeter tastes, an evolutionary trait to help us keep eating energy food in the winter.)
We couldn't disagree more strongly. To my wife's palate and mine, Mount Gay 1703 is a beautiful, complex and refined rum which is likely one of our top five favorites. The lovely presentation only adds to the enjoyment. You may be on to something by looking into cold climate effects on perception of taste.
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I think it is different strokes for different folks....

I love the Bajan rums!!!
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Old 02-05-2010, 08:11 AM   #16
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Its possible you are on to something Arctic. I've had the MGXO in the summer and enjoyed it (actually it was a family event, and those should never be taken sober) but never the winter. Will have to give a try. One thing about the bajan rums is they do seem to have a lot stronger smell than one would expect. Atleast out of the MGXO and the 1703
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I think it is different strokes for different folks....

I love the Bajan rums!!!
I agree! To each his/her own opinion. I too, would tend to say I enjoy Bajan rum, but not because of MGXO. What does it for me is a dram of St. Nicholas Abbey 10YO rum - one of my favorites! It's been a while since my last taste (hording my last bottle), but I remember an ultra smooth, spicy and hint of chocolate elixir.

Hey Arctic!
Did you get a chance to ask your rum chums for tasting impressions of the bottling of 'Smuggler's Cove rare find 15 yr old rum' from the Glenora Distillery?
Thanks!
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Hi Patapouf

I tried the Rare Smuggles cove. Just one sample. It was nice and smooth, with a honeyed, brown sugar taste profile. The oak did not dominate at all. Had I been in a store sampling it, I would not have purchased it I liked it, but I would be very hard pressed to pay more the asking price.

I hope that helps.
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I've always wondered how the climate up here affects my palate, as these two rums are so highly regarded elsewhere.
Arctic, i think you may be on to an interesting discovery!
i am sure us 'warm dwellers' could easily get on the "i love that stuff- you must be crazy" train, but seeing the care, diligence and attention you put into your 'appreciation' (code for boozing!!!) and the fact that you are a charming, affable, learned individual-- who i am proud to call my friend-- i am deeply interested in some 'further' research. . .
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Again I wonder if the cold climate affects our palates such that that the bitter notes are accentuated by our taste buds. (It kind of makes sense really that in the cold climate our tastebuds would reject bitter tastes and be inclined to welcome sweeter tastes, an evolutionary trait to help us keep eating energy food in the winter.)
This makes wonderful scientific sense... So your summer write ups are planned! Re-taste the ones you have received with 'lack-luster'. i'll be honest, you may be on to a discovery of monumental proportions, and i am seriously intrigued!
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Hi Patapouf

I tried the Rare Smuggles cove. Just one sample. It was nice and smooth, with a honeyed, brown sugar taste profile. The oak did not dominate at all. Had I been in a store sampling it, I would not have purchased it I liked it, but I would be very hard pressed to pay more the asking price.

I hope that helps.
Thanks! I appreciate you looking into it.
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