Every great story begins with a time and a place. For Mount Gay Rum that time and place is the Caribbean Island of Barbados in 1703. Rum, originally called “Kill-Devil” by the Barbadians who first distilled it, is truly a product of the island. The abundance of molasses combined with the culinary ingenuity of early settlers and, of course, their legendary thirst for alcohol lead to this unique discovery in the production of spirits.


Sir John Gay

Sir John Gay, the first baronet of Round Hill and namesake of Mount Gay Rum

Sir John Gay was a respected leader and businessman who worked tirelessly in service of the island of Barbados. A friend of Sir John Gay’s, the contrarily named John Sober, inherited a then-unknown distillery and had asked for Sir John’s help in managing it. Sir John Gay took quickly to the business of making rum. He refined the distillation process and began producing a noticeably superior product that we know today as Mount Gay Rum.

The year 1637 witnessed the birth of Barbadian rum distillation, heralded by the arrival of the first small scale distilleries to the island. 

By mid-century planters had settled on what would become the Mount Gay plantation, putting stills to use as early as 1667. 1703 marked the appearance of the oldest written evidence of regular distillation on the site. 

Over the last three hundred plus years, Mount Gay Rum, has become a veritable emblem of Barbados and its unique lifestyle. Expertly fashioned from the rich sugar cane and pristine coral-filtered water native to the island, Mount Gay Rum is a sumptuous, inimitable expression of the Barbadian art of living. 

An untiring quest for excellence guides every step of Mount Gay Rum's fabrication process. Only the finest sugar cane, most aromatic molasses and the purest, coral-filtered water are used to receive the extended ageing and artful blending that are the pride and hallmark of Mount Gay

However, the inimitable quality is achieved not only by the meticulous selection of the finest ingredients, but by the remarkable talent of the generations of master blenders and their passion for the art of blending; a unique craftsmanship conserved and respected since 1703. 

Mount Gay Rum's current Master Blender Allen Smith, ensures that every bottle delivers the superlative appearance, aroma and taste for which Mount Gay has always been known