Like many of the more traditional Caribbean Distilleries Mount Gay do not release new expressions very often. The recent Black Barrel was the first new release in the producers portfolio in at least a decade, if memory serves me right. Limited Edition releases are not there thing either. The latest expression of Mount Gay’s time-honoured tradition comes in the form of a limited-edition release of small-batch rums, presenting enthusiasts with two distinct experiences – Virgin Cask and Charred Cask. Created by Master Blender Allen Smith, the first volume of the Origin Series will see production of 30 barrels of each cask. Sadly for us here at thefatrumpirate.com the rum will be released in only two markets Barbados and the United States. Further disappointment is compounded by the fact that it will be a one-off release. Still I fully expect my friends over at the Whisky Exchange to obtain a couple of bottles – fingers crossed. Smith said the last time the distillery had produced a limited-edition rum was in celebration of the company’s 300th anniversary in 2003. “The introduction of the Origin Series comes at the perfect time as Mount Gay prepares to celebrate its 312th anniversary later this month. While remaining true to Mount Gay’s legacy, we are offering enthusiasts Volume One of the Origin Series is presented as two 375ml bottles as pictured above “The rum that is finished in the lightly toasted virgin French oak casks results in a delicate, medium-bodied spirit with notes of vanilla, citrus and sweet caramel, while the rich and amber-hued charred Cask is a mature blend of copper pot and column distillates which receives a long, slow finish in casks of deeply charred American Oak,” added Smith. Raphael Grisoni, Managing Director of Mount Gay Distilleries Limited, said the Origin Series reaffirmed the company’s commitment to export and innovation, noting that 500 cases would also be earmarked for local distribution exclusively via the Mount Gay Visitor Centre. “North America remains our number one export market. We enjoy strong consumer relationships in that region and we will continue to conquer new ground for rum in the international spirits market,” he said. While the limited-edition Series will be released in the United States later this year, a select number of Barbadians will have the opportunity to win the rare spirit later this month when Mount Gay launches celebrations for its 312th anniversary. Between February 20th and 27th, consumers will be invited to enter an island-wide sweepstake whereby the local distiller will each day reward one lucky person with Volume One of the Origin Series.